God vs. the “gods” Back to all sermons
Date: November 2, 2018
Speaker: Pastor Jeramie Rinne
Series: Exodus: Saved and Set Apart
Scripture: Exodus 7:14–11:10
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, November 2, 2018 sermon.
Study Guide - Exodus 7:14-11:10
Introduction - God’s sovereignty is both a very comforting truth and an extremely difficult doctrine. We find the reality of God’s Lordship over all things comforting when we are suffering. When life feels out of control we thank God that he is in control and that he can sovereignly bring good out of evil. But the doctrine is also difficult because it raises challenging questions. If God is in control of all things, does that include the sinful actions of wicked people? And if it does, why does God let evil people sin? And does it make God the cause of sin? In today’s text we come to a classic example of this challenge: the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart.
READ 7:14-11:10. This is a long section. You will likely want to divide up the reading among life group members. Perhaps have group members form pairs, and then assign each pair a few of the plague stories each to read. For example, the first pair of people studies the first two or three plagues, the next pair of people studies two or three different plagues, etc. Then come back together as a group to share answers.
1. Each of the plagues of Egypt is different, and yet there are similar components found in all the plagues. What are some of the similar components? (note: not all of the components appear in every plague)
2. What do these plagues reveal to us about God?
Application: Choose one of these characteristics of God. How might remembering and believing in this aspect of God help you in the coming week.
3. The plagues on Egypt are one of the dramatic moments of divine judgment in the Bible. Can you think of other times in the Bible when God pours out his wrath and judgment in such dramatic ways? What similarities do you see?
Application: People often struggle with the concept of God’s judgment. How might you respond to a non-Christian who asks you to explain all the terrible judgments in the Bible?
Gospel: How does the reality of God’s judgment highlight our desperate need for the cross?
4. How does God show his glory in acts of judgment?