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Exodus: Saved and Set Apart

Date: September 21, 2018

Speaker: Pastor Jeramie Rinne

Series: Exodus: Saved and Set Apart

Category: Expository

Scripture: Exodus 2:11–2:25

Tags: prayer, faith

Synopsis: The journey of faith in Jesus can sometimes feel less like a pleasant walk and more like a wild roaster coaster ride, full of jarring ups and downs, where we are strapped in and at the mercy of the track. We face difficult circumstances and so we pray. Things seem to be improving and then suddenly what he hoped was going to happen falls apart.  We try one solution but it leads to new problems. So it was with Moses. His first attempts at being Israel’s deliverer completely backfire. He fails to deliver, his people reject him, and he flees Egypt. Yet our hope is not in the moment-by-moment circumstances.  Instead, our hope is in God himself who hears, and remembers and sees.

 

The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, September 21 sermon.

Study Guide - Exodus 2:11-25

Introduction - The journey of faith in Jesus can sometimes feel less like a pleasant walk and more like a wild roaster coaster ride, full of jarring ups and downs, where we are strapped in and at the mercy of the track. We face difficult circumstances and so we pray. Things seem to be improving and then suddenly what he hoped was going to happen falls apart. We try one solution but it leads to new problems. So it was with Moses. His first attempts at being Israel’s deliverer completely backfire. He fails to deliver, his people reject him, and he flees Egypt. And yet our hope is not in the moment-by-moment circumstances. Instead, our hope is in God himself who hears, and remembers, and sees.

READ Exodus 2:11-25

1. How would you evaluate Moses’ actions in verse 11-12? Were they good or bad?

 

Application: Can you think of examples of doing the right action but using sinful means to accomplish it? Or perhaps doing the right action but doing it by your own strength and wisdom rather than in God’s strength and according to biblical teaching.

 

2. How would you evaluate the response of the Israelites whom Moses seeks to reconcile in verses 13-14? Why is their statement ironic?

 

Gospel Connection: In the New Testament, Stephen the martyr compared how the men reacted to Moses with how the Jews in Stephen's audience were reacting to the message about Jesus (READ Acts 7:23-29). How are they similar?

 

Applications: In what ways do people today reject the message of Jesus who has come to be our deliverer from sin?

 

3. Moses’ story seems to be falling apart. The great deliverer rescued from the Nile now
becomes the fugitive sojourner in a foreign land (verses 15-22). Have you ever gone through seasons of life where you felt like you were lost and a foreigner? Where you didn’t know what God was doing?

 

4. Chapter 2 ends at a very low point. The Israelites are still in bondage. The deliverer is in exile. And yet there is hope. What is it?

 

Application: In what circumstance in your life today do you need to remember that God sees, God knows and God remembers his covenant?

 

5. Finish your Bible study by reading Psalm 139 out loud as a life group.