In chapter seven we read the story of Moses – a great story showing us that God never gives us more than we can handle. Due to the length of Moses’ story, I did not include a condensed scripture commentary in this review. Instead, I strongly encourage you to click the Bible Gateway link below to read through the entire story.
Book of Exodus
The Israelites Oppressed – Exodus 1
Birth Of Moses – Exodus 2:1-10
Moses Flees To Midian – Exodus 2:11-25
Moses And The Burning Bush – Exodus 3:1-22
Signs For Moses – Exodus 4:1-17
Moses Returns To Egypt – Exodus 4:18-31
Bricks Without Staw – Exodus 5:1-21
God Promises Deliverance – Exodus 5:22-23, 6:1-12
Family Record Of Moses And Aaron – Exodus 6:13-27
Aaron To Speak For Moses – Exodus 6:28-30, 7:1-7
Aaron’s Staff Becomes A Snake – Exodus 7:8-13
The Plague Of Blood – Exodus 7:14-24
The Plague Of Frogs – Exodus 7:25, 8:1-15
The Plague Of Gnats – Exodus 8:16-19
The Plague Of Flies – Exodus 8:20-30
The Plague On Livestock – Exodus 9:1-7
The Plague Of Boils – Exodus 9:8-12
The Plague Of Hail – Exodus 9:13-25
The Plague Of Locusts – Exodus 10:1-20
The Plague Of Darkness – Exodus 10:21-29
The Plague On The Firstborn – Exodus 11:1-10
The Passover And The Festival Of Unleavened Bread – Exodus 12:1-30
The Exodus – Exodus 12:31-42
Passover Restrictions – Exodus 12:42-51
Consecration Of The Firstborn – Exodus 13:1-16
Crossing The Sea – Exodus 13:17-22, 14
Chapter Seven focus point – God is faithful.
These verses are riddled with oppression, lack, worry, and fear. We all experience times of fear. Maybe you can recall a paralyzing fear of the dark as a child or facing an unfathomable task as an adult. Whatever the circumstance, we’ve all experienced fear.
Can I tell you a secret?
We fear things because deep inside we feel alone (Isaiah 41:10).
We fear things because we don’t see Who goes before us (Deuteronomy 31:8).
We fear things because we don’t see Who brings up our rear guard (Isaiah 52:12).
We fear things because we don’t trust God to do for us what is written about Him in the Bible (Philippians 2:13).
Okay, so those things aren’t really secrets but we sure act like they are. Dont’ we? We long to feel God’s presence in our lives – yet we don’t acknowledge Him in everything we do. We long to see His majesty working in realtime – yet we miss the million things He does for us in His own time. We desperately need to connect with Him but we’re a generation of see and do, not faith and trust. We need the later to counteract the fear.
Moses’ world was turned upside down. We can feel the weight of what God entrusted to him. We can imagine how fearful his situation was.
“Woah, wait a minute God! You what me to do what?”
We can identify with Moses’ insecurities.
“Oh, no You got the wrong guy!”
Knowing what we know about God why do we feel so insignificant? Why do we belittle ourselves and our abilities? Why do we beat ourselves up? I encourage you to search deep in your heart for the answer.
Thankfully, the story of Moses is also filled with bold confidence, triumph, and strength. God knew Moses better than he knew himself (Psalm 139). God knew Moses was the right man for the job. Yet Moses doubted God. Why do we do this? Why is it so hard to believe that when we’re with God we lack nothing (Colossians 2:10)? I think we all need a daily ‘Trust Faith’ bootcamp, don’t you? Oh, I like the sound of that! Perhaps, He’ll lead me to turn that phrase into a daily series down the road. That would be exciting! Where He leads I follow!
God knows what He’s doing in all!
Let’s answer some questions from what we have reviewed thus far – the below list is a mix of questions from the Bible study and some of my own.
1. In Exodus 3:1-6, when God called to him from the burning bush and Moses responded, “Here I am.” How do you respond when you feel God asking you to do something?
2. In Exodus 3-4, Moses felt overwhelmed and inadequate. Take a look at the list of reasons why he felt this way and God’s responses. Then, recall a time when you felt like he did. How did you respond?
3. When God asks us to do something – He’s already convinced we’re the perfect choice! What are some of the excuses or reasons you give God for your feelings of inadequacy? How would He respond to you (see above)? Do you believe His responses (search your heart)?
4. Write out an unfinished task God’s called you to do. Then, write out the specific reasons you haven’t completed this task. What would God say about your reasoning (refer to question 2)? Next, get with God and prayerfully consider ways you can accomplish this God-given task according to His Will. Finally, write out your solution and make a commitment to get it done.
Digging Deeper: read and reflect on Hebrews 11:24-28. What was celebrated in this passage (Moses’ character, etc.)? Moses chose God above all else, what can you learn from this? If this passage was about you, what would you like it to say? Prayerfully consider your response with God – what can you do going forward to achieve this in your lifetime? Moses knew what was important and we should too.
God is always number One.
Bonus Activity: create an acrostic poem with the word faithful, having each letter begin an encouraging word about who God is and why you can trust Him. Here are a few helpful examples. Visit acrostic.me for more examples. Enjoy.
I hope you enjoyed chapter seven 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love your hear reflections about Moses’ story, your responses to the questions, and any overall feedback about this chapter review. The goal and purpose of this study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.
God bless you.
Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory