Today is Thursday, June 15. The story of Moses has progressed since yesterday and today we meet him as young man. Before you read, recall what Pharaoh decided to do to the Hebrew children. Such terrifying persecution - what should a young man do?
_ Have you ever seen something so deeply unfair that you couldn't help but act? Have you ever witnessed something and wish you had?
_ Almighty God, who created us in your own image: Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression; and help us to use our freedom rightly in the establishment of justice in our communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
DISCOVER [Exodus 2:11-15]
11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What had Pharaoh decided to do with all Hebrew male children? How was Moses spared?
_ How did Moses know he was a Hebrew? (Look at Exodus 2:6)
_ What did Moses see the Egyptians doing to the Hebrews?
_ What did Moses do to the Egyptian?
_ How did the Hebrews react?
_ How did Pharaoh react?
_ Where does Moses flee to?
_ Can you think of any other situations where a character in the Bible sits by a well?
_ What does the reaction of the Hebrews tell us about how they might react when God steps in a punishes the Egyptians?
_ What specifically did the Hebrews object to about Moses?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)