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Week 6 – November 26, 2017
Freed to Serve: Keep Calm and Watch Exodus 14-15
1) Israel’s Fear: How is Israel’s fear (14:10-12) both reasonable and unreasonable? Where have you been caught in this contradiction? Moses’ encouraged Israel to “be still” and “see the salvation of the Lord” (14:13, 14). Is there an area in your life where you need to ‘be still’? What promises can you cling to ask you wait upon the Lord (Psa. 46:10; Isa. 40:30-31)?
2) Exclamation Point after Plagues: God’s actions often have more than one intended result. The primary result of the Red Sea crossing was the salvation of Israel from Egypt, but Exodus 14-15 records three other intended results of Israel’s crossing the Red Sea (one - 14:4, 17, 18; two - 14:30-31; three - 15:14-16). What are they? What do these reasons teach us about the motivation behind all God’s actions?
3) Jesus in the Flames: It’s very likely that when Moses said, “Fear not … the Lord will fight for you,” he was pointing at the pillar of fire (14:13, 14; cf. 13:21). Where had Moses seen that person inside the fire before (Exod. 3:2, 4)? How did the individual in that fire ‘fight for Israel’ (Exod. 14:19-20, 24-25)? Consider how these passages (Exod. 23:20-25; Jude 4-5) might imply that Jesus was present with Israel in that pillar of fire and reflect on how present Jesus is with you through all your trials (Matt. 28:19-20).
4) The Warrior: Exodus 15:3 is the first, but not the only (Jer. 20:11), explicit reference to God as a warrior (cf. “throw,” Exod. 15:1, 4, 6-7, 21). What is God at war against (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 12:9-10)? And what are we called to war against, both from within (Rom. 7:23; 8:5-7) and from without (2 Cor. 10:3-6; Eph. 6:12-13)?