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Exodus - Week 13

Exodus - Week 13

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have several group members read Exodus 7:14-9:12 aloud. (For an overview of the plagues, visit www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thetenplagues.pdf.)

  • In your opinion, which of the first six plagues would be the hardest to endure? Why?

REFLECT

  • How would the first six plagues have impacted the Egyptians economically? Practically (in their day-to-day lives)? Psychologically?

  • By the third plague, Pharaoh’s magicians draw a correct conclusion. What is it (see 8:18-19)? Knowing that seven more plagues are coming, what does this tell us about Pharaoh’s resolve? His belief in the strength of his own gods?

  • What do you notice about Pharaoh’s responses to each of the plagues as they progress? How do his tactics change? What do they indicate he believes is true of Yahweh? Of himself?

APPLY

  • Have you ever received a warning from God and continued in sin? What was the outcome? How would the outcome have been different if you had heeded earlier correction? Is there a warning you are currently choosing to ignore?

  • The first three plagues affect both the Egyptians and the Israelites, but the rest affect only the Egyptians. Why does God sometimes allow the just to suffer for the sins of the unjust? What should be our attitude in those times?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 12

Exodus - Week 12

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 7:1-13 aloud.

  • Why are magic tricks or supernatural occurrences so appealing to people?

REFLECT

  • In verse 1, God speaks to Moses in the past tense of a future reality: “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh.” Why is this so?

  • God tells Moses exactly what will happen when Moses and Aaron perform signs in front of Pharaoh, and it does. Knowing that Pharaoh will reject the signs, why do you think God goes through the process of providing them anyway? (For more explanation on the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart, visit www.gotquestions.org/God-harden-Pharaoh-heart.html.)

  • What explicit outcome is God pursuing by taking action against the Egyptians (see 7:5)? How does

  • Pharaoh’s desired outcome differ? How does the Israelites’ desired outcome likely differ?

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  • Look at 7:7. Do the ages of Moses and Aaron shock you? What sort of notions do we have about serving God at certain ages? Do you think it is easier to serve God at a certain age than at another?

  • Is hardness of heart a problem for unbelievers only? What personal sins or problems of the world are you callous or indifferent toward? How should a believer deal with personal areas of hardheartedness?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 10 & 11

Exodus - Week 10 & 11

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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  • Have a group member read Exodus 6:1-13 aloud.

  • What purpose does this section of the text serve? Why is it included here?

  • Have a group member read Exodus 6:14-30 aloud.

    How closely does your family pay attention to lineage and family trees? Do you have any famous ancestors?

REFLECT

  • Look again at vv. 6-8. God begins and ends His message with, “I am the LORD.” Why do you think He does this? What are the implications of this repeated statement?

  • What sort of relationship is God planning for Israel and Himself? Did God know that Israel would be difficult? Why does He keep pursuing them?

  • What parallels do you see between Moses and Jesus in this portion of the story? Connect the themes of rejection, discouragement and obedience between the two men.

  • Why do you think the author takes this particular moment to establish the lineage of Moses and Aaron as descendants of Levi?

  • Based on the order of the genealogy, Aaron is Moses’ older brother. Reflecting back on Moses’ birth story, how does this detail change the way you perceive the bravery of their parents in the face of oppression? How might this detail complicate their current roles as leaders of Israel?

  • Look again at vv. 28-30. They act as a summary statement for all that has occurred since God spoke to Moses from the burning bush. Why do you think the author chose to reiterate only these particular ideas? What does the author want us to remember about God and about Moses from these chapters?

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  • Have you ever been in a place where God’s promises and the good news of a bright future have been unbelievable? When was a time when the pain of the moment made it seem like there was no way out?

  • Moses and Aaron knew they had to obey God, even when the people of God felt like it was a lost cause. Are there ways the Church has given up on serving and obeying God because it seems like a lost cause? How can you persist in spite of this? How can you encourage your brothers and sisters forward?

  • What are some things God has called all Christians to that we are commonly afraid to do? What lies feed our fears?

  • Which of the fears you mentioned above do you battle personally? How does knowing Yahweh, the Great I Am, answer your fears and give you confidence?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 9

Exodus - Week 9

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 5 aloud.

  • What one word would you use to describe the tone of chapter 5? Why?

REFLECT

  • Moses obediently goes to Egypt to confront Pharaoh. What do you think Moses expected to happen? What is surprising about the outcome? What is unsurprising?

  • What tactic does Pharaoh employ to undermine Moses? Why is it effective?

  • What does Moses’ response to God in 5:22-23 reveal about his state of mind? About his faith?

APPLY

  • How does this week’s text challenge the idea that our obedience obligates God to bless us and grant us an easy life? How does it challenge the idea that the Christian life is free from doubt?

  • How prone are you to discouragement when obedience to God does not yield an immediate, discernible blessing? What is a better motive for obedience than to gain a reward?

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What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Exodus - Week 8

Exodus - Week 8

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  • Have a group member read Exodus 4 aloud.

  • What kind of situation is most likely to cause you to doubt your abilities?

REFLECT

  • In 4:1-12, God responds to Moses’ credibility concerns by giving him three miraculous signs and an assurance about his deficiency of speech. What does Moses believe is necessary to serve God? What does God indicate is necessary?

  • In 4:13-14, God responds to Moses’ fifth objection with anger. Does this response surprise you? Why or why not? In light of his mission, why might it have been important for Moses to remember that God’s anger toward sin is part of His character?

  • In 4:15-31, Moses responds obediently to God’s command to return to Egypt. However, despite knowing that his sons should have been circumcised on the eighth day, he hadn’t done so. (For further explanation on this scene, visit www.gotquestions.org/kill-Moses.html.) God required Moses to obey in personal matters as well as in public ones. Why is integrity in personal matters so important for someone in public ministry?

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  • After five objections to His clear command, God’s anger is kindled. Have a group member read Psalm 145:8. Have another group member read James 1:19-20. How is God’s anger different from man’s anger? Which situations are most likely to elicit an angry response from you? What practical strategies can help us avoid sinning in our anger?

  • Why is integrity in personal matters important for every believer, whether they’re in public ministry or not? What private sins are you most likely to justify or downplay?

CLOSE

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?