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Exodus - Week 16

Exodus - Week 16

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have several group members read Exodus 12:33-14:31 aloud. Imagine you are an Israelite in this story. What sort of reaction would you have to all these events?

REFLECT

  • In 12:33-42, which facts or numbers surprised you the most? Why?

  • In addition to the memorial practice of Passover, two others result from the story of the exodus: the consecration of the firstborn and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (13:1-16). As a group, reflect on how each of these not only pointed back to the story of the exodus but forward to the story of Christ.

  • How does Exodus 14 draw to a close the story of Pharaoh and the progressive hardening of his heart? Of Moses’ progressive credibility? Of God’s faithfulness? Find evidence in the text to support your answer.

APPLY

  • How do the stories of Passover and the Red Sea crossing correspond to your own story of being drawn out of the bondage of sin? How has reading them deepened your gratitude for the atoning work of Christ?

  • Re-read Exodus 13:18-19. Joseph was a man of great faith, whose very bones spoke of his belief that God would do what He had promised. His deathbed request offers a shadow of the bodily resurrection all believers await and shows a healthy understanding of what it means to dwell as a stranger in a strange land. How can we emulate Joseph’s faith in our daily decisions and challenges in such a way that our lives look discernibly different from those of unbelievers?

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?

Exodus - Week 15

Exodus - Week 15

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have a group member read Exodus 12:1-32 aloud.

  • What are some memorial rituals that Americans observe to remember significant past events? Why do we do this?

REFLECT

  • The story of Passover is filled with shadows that find their fulfillment in Christ. As a group, discuss as many as you can find (read ahead to 12:43-51 to help with your answers). Then look at 1 Peter 1:19.

  • Why does Christ’s spotless character make Him able to pay for our sin?

  • Look at Exodus 12:29-32. Why did this plague lead to the successful release of the Israelites? How is it ironic? Look back at Exodus 1:22 to help with your answer.

  • Observe God’s judgment in these verses. How do you react to this amount of deaths at God’s hands? What reasons for this judgment has the story given us up to this point? In other words, why would God do this?

APPLY

  • Look again at vv. 7-13. These instructions are all intended to leave Israel in a state of readiness. At any moment, their escape from slavery may come. Jesus tells us to be ready at all times for His return (Matt. 24:36-44). How can we prepare ourselves?

  • Read vv. 26-27. What habits or memorials should you practice in your home that will cause those around you to ask, “Why are you doing this?”

  • Read Matthew 26:28. In the same way that God passed over the people of Israel because of the blood of spotless lambs, God’s judgment passes over us on account of Christ’s blood. How do we rehearse and remember this great truth of the gospel, both personally and communally?

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?

Exodus - Week 14

Exodus - Week 14

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

OPEN

  • Have several group members read Exodus 9:13-11:10 aloud. (For an overview of the plagues, visit www.biblecharts.org/oldtestament/thetenplagues.pdf.)

  • What’s the greatest physical discomfort you’ve ever endured? What did you learn from it?

REFLECT

  • During the eighth and ninth plagues, Pharaoh’s verbal response takes an interesting turn. Look back at 9:27 and 10:16. Discuss his verbal response in light of his continued refusal to let the Israelites go.

  • What is the difference between confession and repentance?

  • Compare Moses’ words in 11:8 to God’s words back in 7:1. How has Moses’ confidence in God grown, even as Pharaoh’s heart has hardened?

  • Note Moses’ disposition at the end of 11:8. Why do you think this detail is included? How does this reveal his disposition toward God? Toward the Egyptian people, who acknowledge his authority (11:3)? Toward their stubborn ruler, Pharaoh?

APPLY

  • Though we may not want to admit it, we often employ bargaining tactics with God, just as Pharaoh did. When are we most likely to bargain instead of repent? What faulty thinking about ourselves and our God does bargaining reveal?

  • Why did the Egyptian people react differently to Moses than Pharaoh did? How does pride keep us from recognizing the activity of God in our lives, even when others around us are seeing it? How is pride currently blinding you to God’s will in your life?

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?