This Friday, we witness Moses receive sanctuary in a foreign land. We see God’s hand stretch out in faithfulness to sustain Moses in the midst of hardship and persecution. I hope that you will be challenged to see God’s faithfulness in your own life, even in the midst of hard circumstances. He is working all things together for our good and His glory!
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Is there a time in your life that you can identify God’s faithfulness in the midst of hard circumstances?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [Exodus 2:16-25 ]
16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?”19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.” 23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ Why is Moses now in a foreign land? (See Exodus 2:14-15)
_ Who does Moses help? From whom?
_ How do the daughters identify Moses to their father? (V.19) What does this say about Moses’s
_ How does Reuel respond to Moses’s actions? What does this lead to?
_ What does it mean that God “saw” and “knew” in verse 25?
_ How do we see God’s hand at work in the midst of Moses’s hard circumstances?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
+ 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)