We will take a look at the book of Exodus. Why should we care about something that happened 3,500 years ago?
The God of the Old Testament (OT) is the same as the God of the New Testament (NT)
The OT speaks of what will come in the NT and the NT quotes the OT – including Jesus.In Deuteronomy 18:15-17 Moses tells about a prophet that would come that the people of Israel would need to listen to. Acts 3:22-26 references this passage and tells us that Moses was speaking about Jesus.
1 Cor 10:1-6 (NLT)
This is a reference to both baptism in water and communion.
Over the next several weeks we will look at the “typology” we see in the OT.
a type in Scripture is a person or thing in the Old Testament that foreshadows a person or thing in the New Testament.
1 Cor 10:11 (NLT) These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.
God is doing in our lives today, the same things he was doing 3,500 years ago.
The lessons the Israelites were supposed to be learning still apply to us today
Background of the story
God had set apart a family (Abraham’s) to be his special people
There was nothing special about Abraham, except his faith
God told Abraham about the future of his special relationship with him in Gen 15
They would become slaves but would eventually be freed
The Israelites were oppressed cruelly (Exodus 1:11-14)
Exodus is a story about God saving a people from slavery. That’s our story as well (John 8:34-36 & Romans 6:6-7)
All of us start out slaves to sin and death.
In the same way that the Israelites needed God to save them from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, we need God to save us from the slavery of sin.
We can be Christians and take control of our life back from God and become slaves to whatever sin we allow to control us.
In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter says, “you are a slave to whatever controls you.”
We can become slaves to various forms of sin – dishonesty, debt, sexual sin, addiction
We are in constant need of a rescuer, a Savior
We are also in constant need of godly relationships in our life
While the people of Israel were suffering, God was on the move
Birth of Moses – God was raising up a leader when no one suspected it
After murdering an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian
God taught Moses humility; something he would need to lead God’s people well
In Exodus 2:23-24 we see that God knew it was the right time to act
o God sees you as well and he knows exactly the right time to act.
God reveals himself
“I AM WHO I AM” – He is self-sufficient, eternally the same, unfathomable
“Yahweh” (Jehovah) – The LORD, The God of your ancestors
God reveals himself to us as well
Through God’s Word
Through God’s Spirit
Through God’s people
We are told some would believe God’s message while others wouldn’t. Will you choose to believe God’s message?
He is who he says he is – Sovereign, Faithful, Loving and the God who desires to set us free from everything that would control us and keep us from him
Answer and Discuss:
Week 1 –God Reveals
For discussion with your small group, family and friends.
Passages: Exodus 1-3 & 1 Corinthians 10:1-11
Ice Breaker: Share your favorite road trip or travel vacation story.
Sermon Reflection – Something from the sermon probably spoke to you. What was it?
Questions to discuss:
1. How familiar are you with the Exodus story? What are some things that come to mind when you hear ‘Exodus’?
2. Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-11. What are some of the details from the exodus account found in this passage? A) How can the accounts of the lives of people from the past be examples for us today?
3. Read Exodus 1. Describe the tensions you see in this passage. What picture do you get of the situations in Egypt at this time? A) What do you think would be challenging for the midwives to honor God at their jobs?
4. Read Exodus 2:1-10. How has this family navigated through challenging situations? A) What is the insight you glean from this passage?
5. Read Exodus 2:11-24. Describe the journey Moses experienced in this passage. A) Imagine how Moses felt caught between his palace world and ‘his people’ world and then a ‘foreign’ land. When do you feel caught between worlds?
6. Read Exodus 3. What is significant between the interaction with God and Moses? A) What is your plan to be intentional about drawing away to interact with God this summer?
Next week: Delivered! God Promises. Passages: Exodus 4-6
Why not read through the book of Exodus this summer? Try it with your group, family, or friends. Here is a reading schedule that follows the sermon series.
June 20 – Chapters 1-3 July 18 – Chapters 15-17
June 27 – Chapters 4-6 July 25 – Chapters 18-24
July 4 – Chapters 7-12 August 1 – Chapters 25-31
July 11 – Chapters 13-14 August 8 – Chapters 32-40