“Caught in the Middle of Things” [The Name]
Text: Exodus 2:23-3:3
August 10/11, 2013
Pastor Matt Erickson
“I will go over and see this strange sight – why this bush does not burn up.” (Exodus 3:3)
Coming to Grips with Our Circumstances – 3 Features
- Past History
- Present Realities
Attending to God in Our Circumstances – 3 Barriers
- Believing our circumstances are bigger than God
- Believe that God has no plan
- Believing that God is done with us
Learning to Turn to God in Our Circumstances – 3 Practices
- Groaning and crying out
- Turning aside
- Choosing to see
- When was a time that you really experienced God’s presence or leading in your life? What happened as a result?
- This week, we begin a new series on Exodus 3 and 4, “The Name.” This is the first of three series from the Book of Exodus that will be interspersed over the next year. Begin your study by asking God to speak to you through the Scripture. Read the Exodus 2:23-4:17 out loud.
- How would you describe the situation of the Israelites when God meets Moses at the burning bush (see Exodus 1-2, particularly 2:23-25)?
- Take a look at Exodus 1 & 2, and then retell the story of Moses’ life up to this point. What did he do? How did he act? What went well and what went poorly? How did Moses understand God up to this point?
- How would you describe what Moses saw while out on the mountain in Exodus 3:1-3? What was the significance of this moment?
- Sometimes, we think that God does not know our situation or care about us. The Israelites likely felt this way (2:23). Moses may have felt this way (2:14-15; 3:1). How would you describe God from what you see in these few verses of Exodus 2:23-3:3?
- What does this speak to you about the way you relate to God in your own life and circumstances? If you are in a small group, discuss this together. If you are on your own, then perhaps you could write down some thoughts on this.
[Next week: We will continue “The Name” looking particularly at how we relate with the Living God by exploring Moses’ conversation with God in Exodus 3:4-12.]