Moses and God’s Name
October 1, 2023
Moses questions his ability to help save his people, and God uses Moses anyway, demonstrating God’s power through Moses.
We will embrace our role as God’s people, learning to trust the work God is doing through us.
Big Picture Scripture: Exodus 1-3
Study Scripture: Exodus 1:8-14; 1:15—2:10; 3:1-15
What are you good at (sports, puzzles, work, hobbies, etc.)?
What are you terrible at?
Do you ever feel out of your element when sharing the Gospel with others?
Read or summarize Exodus chapters 1 through 3. What stands out about the transition from the end of Genesis and the beginning of Exodus?
Some interesting things may come up. There is a generation of Israel without any record of what God is doing with the Israelite people (we jump forward in the story). God isn’t as actively participating in this part of their history.
What stands out about Moses surviving Pharaoh’s decree to kill Hebrew boys?
His mother finds a loophole in the command and puts Moses in the river after putting him in a basket, and the Pharaoh’s daughter finds and keeps him. The word used for Basket is the same Hebrew word used for Ark in the story of Noah. While God hasn’t been mentioned, he seems to protect his people again by protecting Moses.
In what ways does Moses’ murder of the Egyptian bother you? Are there any reasons that it doesn’t? Why?
Answers may vary. Let this be open, but take some time to realize Moses is a human being who does something God wouldn’t want him to. The murder addresses an issue God is prepared to address if people invite God to handle it for them.
What comes to mind as you see God interacting with Moses as a burning bush?
God is illustrating his power in the bush burning and not being consumed. When God answers Moses’ question about who God is, he responds, “I am, who I am.” your bible might even have a footnote of alternate translations: “I am, what I am,” or “I will be, what I will be.” In this, we see God as the source of life and creation, so he is more extensive and not defined by our labels like we label ourselves and others.
How does God’s name impact our view of interacting with God and what God calls us to?
How can we remind ourselves of God’s being beyond us and yet want to work in a relationship through us?
What sorts of things are we, American Christians living in Madison, Indiana, called to?
There may be very different perspectives on this question. As you discuss, remember to keep Christ as the center of the conversation and allow the tension to be explored together. Don’t become defensive; try to grasp where each other is coming from. Remember the five G’s we preached on in June (Go Godward, Go Towards, Get Curious, Go Deep, Get Right). If you have questions, please text our staff at (866) 511-9957.
Close praying for each other and asking God to speak to us as he spoke to Moses, reminding us of His (God’s) presence, power, and will.