Going Deeper With The Sermon

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Speaker: Rev. Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: May 7, 2017
Series: Rescued: Rescued From Himself
Text: Exodus 2

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RESCUED: RESCUED FROM HIMSELF

Text: Exodus 2

Sermon Date: May 7, 2017

INTRODUCTION:

This week we enter into an episode from the life of Moses that took place after 40 years of life as the grandson of Pharaoh. He has lived his entire life since infancy in the context of Egyptian royalty, but in a moment all of that is changed by a single decision and act. We look to this story to see how God is faithful to rescue us from ourselves.  

GETTING STARTED:

Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to help and to speak in the moments you have together; ask that we would all have hears to hear what the Spirit might say through the scripture. Pray the words of Psalm 119:17--"Open our eyes that we might see wonderful things in your Law."

Have one or two in the group read the text aloud, encouraging all to read silently and listen prayerfully. After the reading offer a moment of general response asking (1) What details of the story resonate with you or stand out to you? (2) What questions does the story raise in your mind?

THE TEXT: 

11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people.[a] 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, "Why do you strike your companion?" 14 He answered, "Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?" Then Moses was afraid, and thought, "Surely the thing is known." 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well. (Exodus 2:11-15 ESV)

FOR REFLECTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS:

1.  Can you recall an experience in your life that initially seemed like "the worst that could happen" but later proved to bring the "best possible" outcome or result? 

2.  Look at Exodus 14:4, 17, 18. How does God's act of "rescue" serve to gain glory for God?   

3.  Can you identify specific words or phrases from the scripture text above that capture the nature of human guilt? 

4.  We sometimes use / hear the phrase "Catholic guilt." What is meant by that phrase? How is it different from the story above? How is it different from a passage like Psalm 32:1-5?

5.  How did God redeem this episode from Moses' life and use it for a greater purpose?

6.  Read further into the story in Exodus 2. How does the event in vv. 16-19 bear some similarity to the story of vv. 11-15? What does it tell us about Moses?   

 7.  Moses was disturbed and outraged by the injustice he saw being inflicted on a Hebrew slave. Do you see things in this world that burden you? How might you join God in his rescuing work in this world?