This Tuesday calls you to remember God’s amazing interaction with Moses from a burning bush. (review yesterday’s post from Exodus 3) It got Moses’s attention! As God spoke with Moses, he assigned him a humanly impossible mission; to rescue His people from the most powerful nation in the known world. The good news was that he wouldn’t be alone! In God’s kindness, he displays His presence with Moses through three powerful signs in today’s passage. The sign with his staff, his hand, and water from the Nile River help a skeptical Moses remember God’s powerful presence with him and will give him eventual confidence and credibility with his future audiences. Come join us at this Sunday’s Gathering at 9:00am and 10:45am to hear more of God’s truth for your life!
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Tell of a time when you asked the Lord for a sign so that you could remember His power and
presence in your life. If you can’t think of a personal experience, share a story from God’s Word to start the discussion. Or, if there is time, do both!
_ 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 4:1-9] 1 Then Moses answered, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” 2 The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 3 And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. 4 But the Lord said to Moses, “Put out your hand and catch it by the tail”—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand— 5 “that they may believe that the Lord, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 Again, the Lord said to him, “Put your hand inside your cloak.”[a] And he put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous[b] like snow. 7 Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your cloak.” So he put his hand back inside his cloak, and when he took it out, behold, it was restored like the rest of his flesh. 8 “If they will not believe you,” God said, “or listen to the first sign, they may believe the latter sign. 9 If they will not believe even these two signs or listen to your voice, you shall take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground, and the water that you shall take from the Nile will become blood on the dry ground.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What does the phrase “Moses answered,” in verse 1 tell us about the relationship Moses was beginning with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob?
_ What was Moses’s primary concern in verse 1? What fear/emotion can we hear in this concern?
_ Have you ever had a similar concern with regards to your relationship with the Lord? How did the Lord help you overcome it?
_ How does the Lord help Moses overcome his fear? Verses 2-9
_ What three “signs, wonders, or powers,” does God give Moses? Verses 2-9
_ What do the three transformative objects have in common, how do they differ? Why might God have chosen these particular signs to show Himself to be the omnipresent “I AM?” Think about the things the prophesied Messiah would have power over, as well as the signs/wonders that Jesus actually performed in the Gospels.
_ Why might God have given Moses three different, but equally powerful signs?
_ What was the end goal of these signs? Verse 8 and 9
_ If you were Moses, after your interaction with a snake/staff, seeing your hand literally, deathly white and then healed, and after you were given the promise that through you, God would turn the water of the Nile into blood, would you be confident and convinced that you were now in relationship with the great “I AM?”
_ How would you respond to the Lord based on your answer?
_ How have you responded to the Lord when he acts powerfully in your life? Do you step forward to take the step he is calling you to? Are you still afraid? How does God give you help to step in spite of the fear?
_ What good-news about Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) do we discover in this passage?
_ Read tomorrow’s Scripture to see how Moses responded!
+ 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, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ 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)