Exodus 5 and 6
Passage: Exodus 5:1–6:27
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- In Egypt, the Pharaohs were considered divine beings. Is it surprising that Pharaoh, in Exodus 5:2, does not recognize The Lord or choose to let the children of Israel go free? Because Pharaoh said, "I will not let Israel go," did that mean God had failed?
- Why do you think Pharaoh punished the children of Israel after Moses demanded they be released? How did the children of Israel - especially the foremen - respond to the reprisals? In Exodus 5:15, who did the foremen of the children of Israel say they were servants of? Why is that significant?
- The children of Israel end up judging God's work by their circumstances, which got worse. Do we ever do the same thing? In Exodus 5:22, how does Moses respond to his people's accusation (Exodus 5:20-21)? In chapter 6, what does The Lord remind Moses of?
- In Exodus 6:3, The Lord said he appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as God Almighty, but not as The Lord. What did God mean by this? (hint: covenant maker versus covenant keeper) What covenant has God made with us? Will he keep it?