Exodus 7 through 11
Passage: Exodus 6:28–11:10
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- Is wanting to believe in something that will provide meaning, control and stability in our lives unique to our lives and our times? Was this also true for the children of Isreal while they were in captivity in Egypt? Was it true for the Egyptians who enslaved them? Who did the Egyptians believe in for their meaning and stability? How is this a similar to our own rulers and others who don't believe meaning and stability come from the Lord?
- We call what God did in Egypt "plagues," but what might be a better way to describe his actions? Moses used "the staff of God" (Exodus 4:20) when pronouncing God's judgments against Pharaoh and the Egyptians. What was the staff a symbol of? Whose hand was it in? (Exodus 7:17)
- The strikes or judgments of God against Pharaoh and the Egyptians did not afflict the people of God. What does this signify?
- This situation and showdown with Pharaoh and Egypt was predicted hundreds of years earlier, all the way back in Genesis 15:13-14. When God says he will redeem his people, does it matter how long he chooses to do it in? Where does our own redemption come from? Can we trust that God will redeem us, regardless of how long it takes?