God’s Sovereign Purpose
EXODUS – Part 3
January 29, 2022
11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Looking this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?”
14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well.
16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.
18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”
19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 “And where is he?” Reuel asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”
21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a foreigner in a foreign land.”
23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
20 “At that time Moses was born, and he was no ordinary child. For three months he was cared for by his family. 21 When he was placed outside, Pharaoh’s daughter took him and brought him up as her own son. 22 Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action.
23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
Lessons of God’s Plan and Purpose for our Life
1. With God’s will, pay attention to the timing.
2. With God’s will, pay attention to the how.
3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
3. When we mess up, God’s will is not messed up.
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Small Group Discussion Questions for the Week of January 29, 2022.
1. Have you ever tried to break up a fight or mediate a conflict between two siblings or friends?
Was it successful?
Did they turn on you?
Did you get into trouble yourself?
Digging Deeper into the Scriptures
Read Exodus 2:11-25, Acts 7:20-29, and Hebrews 11:24-26
1. In Exodus 2:11-14, how does the royal Moses identify with the lowly Hebrews? Why do the Hebrews fail to identify with him?
2. How does the scene in Exodus 2:15-25 relate to 2:11-14? How might the “40 years” in desolate Midian serve God’s redemptive purpose and plan for Moses?
3. How would you describe Moses’ positive character traits? And negative character traits?
Applying the Scriptures
1. How has God communicated his will and purpose for your life?
2. What have been the successes and the setbacks as you live out his will and purpose in your life?
3. How have you seen God work in your life over the last week?