Happy Monday everyone, so glad you are tracking with us through the book of Exodus! In today's passage we find God making an initial demonstration of His power in relation to Pharaoh through the miraculous transformation of a stick to a snake. While this passage may be difficult to understand in a modern Western culture that has essentially eliminated the possibility of the impossible, we trust that the God who created the natural order, has power over the natural order, to do things that are beyond our scope of imagination.
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Can you think of a time that God made His power known in your life?
_ How is the Lord working in 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 7.8-13 ]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Still Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.
_ In verse 8 we discover in Egyptian culture that any god making himself known needed to prove his power.
_ What miraculous sign was accomplished in vs. 9 and 10?
_ How does Pharaoh respond in vs. 11 and 12a?
_ How does the Lord respond in vs.12b? What is the point the Lord is making?
_ What is the Pharaoh's response in vs. 13?
+ 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)
_ Is there an area of your life or situation you are facing that the Lord is calling you to step out in faith and trust He will make Himself known? At work, with a friend, with your spouse or children, with a neighbor?
_ Moses and Aaron obeyed the Lord by approaching Pharaoh. What is your step of obedience in the situation you are facing today?
+ 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)