LifeGroups | Exodus 1 -18
The word “Exodus” means “going out” or “exit.”
This book tells us the story of how God’s people exited the land of Egypt.
If you remember, Genesis ends with Jacob and all of his family joining Joseph in Egypt.
Exodus 1 catches us up to speed by describing the tremendous multiplication of the Israelites, which intimidated the new Pharaoh. He put God’s people into slavery.
Moses grows up in Egypt and feels a sense of destiny, like he is supposed to do something great in his generation.
His zeal backfires big time and Moses soon finds himself wanted for murder:
Pharoah… sought to kill Moses.
But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian.
(Exodus 2:15, ESV)
Moses gets married and begins to grow his family:
She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner (stranger) in a foreign land.”
This Life Group is a place where it’s okay to not be okay.
Let’s try something that may feel uncomfortable: let’s share some of our “Gershom seasons.”
It may be a time when you felt you missed the mark (like Moses) or a season of waiting or personal pain.
As you feel comfortable, share the Reader’s Digest version of how things went down and how the Lord may have used that season in preparation for something greater.
Look back at Exodus chapter 2. How did God use Moses’ 40 years in the desert as a shepherd to prepare Moses for the future?
Can you think of other leaders in the Scriptures who went through a “Gershom season” before being used in big ways by the Lord?
Read 1 Peter 2:11 -
“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” In what ways are Christ followers sojourners in today’s world?
Pray for each other, asking the Lord to heal past hurts, to help everyone trust God’s leading today, and embrace what happens today in preparation for what God will have us courageously do tomorrow!
Bonus Online Content for Exodus is now online!
Daily Bible Studies (called Take Ten) plus Bonus Study Notes from Pastor Jon are available at lifechurchmichigan.com/exodus