07 October 2016

Who, Me?

Theme: God executed His plan

Know: God called Moses to free the children of Israel from the bondage of Egypt.
Think: Live with an awareness that my purpose is to accomplish God's mission.
Do: Follow God's direction as He executes His plan for your life.

Scriptures; Exodus 3:3-22

Notes and questions:
B1 Outline
  • The burning bush Exodus 3:1-3
  • God's instructions Exodus 3:4-22
B2 What is God's plan for humanity?
  • God does not need anything.
  • God does not need fellowship with humanity.
  • God wants all to be saved.
  • God wants us to be saved.
B3 Exodus 3:1
  • The setting.
  • Do you think God would directed Moses to be at this tree/bush?
B4 Exodus 3:2-3
  • Was this an ordinary bush?
  • Was this ordinary fire or a divine fire?
  • What does the fire signify?
  • Why did God choose this method to reveal Himself? ("See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape, having refused Him who warned them, how much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who warns from heaven; whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also the heaven." Now the phrase, "Yet once more," signifies the removal of the things being shaken, as having been made, so that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. " (Hebrews 12:25-29, EMTV). Fire refers to holiness and judgment).
B5 Exodus 3:4
  • How did God get Moses attention?
  • How does God get our attention?
B6 Exodus 3:5, why was Moses commanded to remove his sandals?
B7 Exodus 3:6,
  • How did God describe Himself?
  • What does this mean?
  • What was Moses response?
  • What is our response about God?
B8 Exodus 3:7-8
  • Often God in the Old Testament is described as cruel. Do these words from God reflect that cruelness?
  • How can God hear and know the suffering of His people? Does He still have this compassion?
  • How many years passed from here until there was deliverance? (~1 year).
B9 Exodus 3:9-10
  • What did God ask Moses to do?
  • Was Moses willing? Why not?
  • What did it take for Moses to be willing? (Exodus 4:14-17)
  • What does it take for us to be willing and go?
  • Why didn't God go Himself?
  • Does this reflect a style of leadership? (Delegation)
B10 Exodus 3:11
  • What attitudes are displayed by Moses? (Making excuses, hesitation, indecision, doubt).
  • How can we deal with these in ourselves?
B11 Exodus 3:12,
  • If God commissions us, who will give us the ability to do it?
  • Is there any excuse for us to not serve?
  • When the Lord Jesus called the Apostles, He knew some were "sons of thunder" (hot-tempered), doubters, impulsive, etc. Did He still use them? He knows us, as well. Can He still use us? Are there any legitimate excuses?
B12 Moses was ready to be the deliverer of Israel when he killed the Egyptian. Now, he wishes to not be a deliverer. What changed in him?
B13 Exodus 3:14, what does "I Am" signify to us?  (“I Am” shows 2 things (at least): that He is the eternal now and self-existing). How then should we live?
B14 Exodus 3:18, what message was Moses and the elders of Israel to give to Pharaoh? Was this a reasonable request?
B15 Exodus 3:19, did God decree Pharaoh to resist or does the words of this verse show the Pharaoh chose to resist? The word know means know, not decree. See "And when Pharaoh saw that the rain, the hail, and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet more; and he hardened his heart, he and his servants. So the heart of Pharaoh was hard; neither would he let the children of Israel go, as the LORD had spoken by Moses." (Exodus 9:34-35, NKJV)
B16 Exodus 3:20, what was God's response to Pharaoh's resistance and disobedience?
B17 Exodus 3:21,
  • Who gave the Egyptians the desire to give money, jewels, gold, expensive clothes to Israel? The word make is God sovereignly willed what certainly would happen.
  • What did the Israelites have to do to receive all this?
B18 Does God work in us to do His will? (God initiates the impulse, the desire, showing us the need, conviction, etc., to do something. It is up to us to do it).
B19 The Bible teaches us God's will that we are to do.

Next week:
Judgment passes over
Theme: God delivered His people
Scriptures: Exodus 12:1-42

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