Today is Wednesday, June 20th 2017. Welcome again to the Daily, a helpful study tool of God’s word. In the coming passage, we learn of a limitation or incapability of Moses, and How the Lord resolves the issue for His glory. As well as the carrying out of the mission given to Moses. I hope you have an empowered Wednesday as we continue to read a narrative focused on the God of the universe guiding the Israelites to freedom in Him. -Max
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Is there a personal limitation in your life that you are aware of? Do you still try to overcome it in your own power?
_ How is the Lord impacting 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 4:10-31 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
10 But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” 11 Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” 13 But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 14 Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, “Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. 15 You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. 16 He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. 17 And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs.”
_ What limitation does Moses have? How is this resolved?
18 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.
_ How does Jethro say goodbye to Moses in vs.18?
_ What does the Lord say to Moses to reassure him of his return to egypt (v19)? Why does the Lord say this?
21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’”
24 At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses'[c] feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
_ Who does the Lord say Israel is in v.22?
_ What consequence would be given to Pharaoh if Pharaoh does not listen to Moses?
27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.
_ What command is given to Aaron by God? How does Aaron respond?
_ Who do Aaron and Moses gather in v.29?
_What do all the people do in v.31 after they believed?
+ HOW am I compelled to respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ Am I being called to lay a limitation at God’s feet?
_ Do I need to confess I am taking God's Holiness lightly?
_ Am I being called to create space to dialogue with God?
_ Is there an area that God wants to bring me into freedom?
+ 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)