This Tuesday we are reading about the fulfillment of a promise made to Abram by God way back in Genesis 15.  God told Abram that His descendants would become numerous....as numerous as the stars!  They would be enslaved and mistreated for four hundred years in a country not their own.  But they would be rescued and return to the land with great possessions.  These promises were almost preposterous to Abram, a man who did not even have one son at the time.  But God promised.  Abraham was given a new name and a son.  His descendants journeyed to Egypt, they grew in number and were enslaved.  But God, as he promised, did not leave them there. As we read the Scripture below, we see God's great rescue!  Join us this Sunday at 9:00 am or 10:45 am to hear more about this promise keeping God who rescues! - Kim

CONNECT
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ If you are comfortable, tell about one of God's promises you are eagerly anticipating Him to keep in your life or in the life of someone you are walking with at this time.  Are you reminding others and those in the next generation of this promise?
_ What is one way the Lord is impacting the life of someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?

PRAY
_ 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 12:29-42 ]   
29 At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where someone was not dead. 31 Then he summoned Moses and Aaron by night and said, “Up, go out from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as you have said.32 Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone, and bless me also!” 33 The Egyptians were urgent with the people to send them out of the land in haste. For they said, “We shall all be dead.” 34 So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their cloaks on their shoulders. 35 The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and for clothing. 36 And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. 37 And the people of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides women and children. 38 A mixed multitude also went up with them, and very much livestock, both flocks and herds. 39 And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt, for it was not leavened, because they were thrust out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared uany provisions for themselves. 40 The time that the people of Israel lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41 At the end of430 years, on that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.42 It was a night of watching by the Lord, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; so this same night is a night of watching kept to the Lord by all the people of Israel throughout their generations

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_Who was affected by the plague? Verse 29
_What was the Pharaoh’s response to the 10th plague.  How was it different from previous plagues?
_Look in verses 31 and 32.  Isolate the actions Pharaoh directed by finding the verbs. Do any of these actions surprise you?
_How did the Lord uniquely prepare the people for the swift departure we see in this text? See Exodus 11:2 and 12:11-13
_How does Jesus prepare you before He calls you to worship?
_Why were the Egyptians fearful? What was the urgency?  Verse 33
_How did the Lord bless His people as He rescued them? Verse 35-36
_How many people did the Lord rescue? Verse 37-38
_How long had God's people lived in Egypt? Verse 40-41  How long did God tell Abram they would be enslaved? (see introduction or Genesis 15)
_It is often difficult to wait for God's promises in our own life.  How does this story encourage you today?
_How can we see God's presence with His people in this challenging time? Verse 42-43
_Imagine what the Lord was doing during the “night of watching."  How were the people to remember this act? Verse 42
_What other promise were the people to wait and watch for as the Lord promised to bring His people back to Himself?
_ 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, 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)