Exodus 14-16

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Josh: Exodus 14:12 “‘Isn’t this what we told you in Egypt: Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.'” When the Israelites forgot they were God’s chosen people, they considered their surroundings instead of their status. I’ll choose child of the King in the desert over slave in Egypt any day.

Lindsey:Exodus 16:15″When the Israelites saw it, they asked one another, “What is it?” because they didn’t know what it was. Moses told them, ‘It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.” Moses said God would give them bread. The bread came, but it was different than anything they’d seen before. Our provision from God will come. Perhaps not always within the definition we’re accustomed to.

What stood out to you in Exodus chapters 14-16?

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Exodus 11-13

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Josh: Exodus 13:14 “In the future, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘By the strength of His hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.” God brings us out of slavery into freedom. Are my kids able to see this freedom by the life I live?  Can they hear God’s freedom in the words I speak?

Lindsey: Exodus 12:9 “Do not eat any of it raw or cooked in boiling water, but only roasted over fire—its head as well as its legs and inner organs.” God’s Word doesn’t just tell us what, but it tells us how. His commands reach to the innermost parts of us. God gave the Israelites detailed instructions and I believe that he gives us detailed instructions today. It is through knowing God, and his Holy Spirit that we can carry out God’s will. “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3.  Through the knowledge of Him. We must know Him to know his commands-those commands that will change every aspect of our lives.

What did you find in Exodus chapters 11-13?

Exodus 8-10

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Josh: Exodus 8:6-7 “When Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same thing by their occult practices and brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt.” It’s interesting that the magicians were trying to prove that they were as great as Yahweh, but all they could do was create more frogs, adding to the plague. That’s something to think about.

Lindsey: Exodus 9:21 “but those who didn’t take the Lord’s word seriously left their servants and livestock in the field.” Lot’s son-in-laws didn’t believe Lot. It resulted in destruction also. If we know our Father, we know what He says is true. Whether we are talking about our earthly Father or our Heavenly Father, we must know him and believe what he says.

What stood out to you from Exodus chapters 8-10?

 

Exodus 5-7

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Joshua: Exodus 5:9 “Impose heavier work on the men. Then they will be occupied with it and not pay attention to deceptive words.” Work is good, but the devil can use it to preoccupy us. Pharaoh was using work to distract them from deliverance. May I take the time to consider how preoccupation with work might distract me from hearing God’s voice.

Lindsey: Exodus 6:1 “But the Lord replied to Moses, ‘Now you are going to see what I will do to Pharaoh: he will let them go because of My strong hand; he will drive them out of his land because of My strong hand.'” Moses was concerned about what he was going to say. Although Moses had to follow God with his words toward Pharaoh, it would always be God’s strong hand that brought the Israelites out of Egypt. I need to take difficult steps of obedience, but it will be God who ultimately delivers.

What did you find in Exodus chapters 5-7?

Exodus 1-4

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Josh: Exodus 4:3-4 “Then He said, “Throw it on the ground.” He threw it on the ground, and it became a snake. Moses ran from it, but the LORD told him, “Stretch out your hand and grab it by the tail.” So he stretched out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand. ” When we trust God, our biggest fears become the biggest examples of God’s power in our lives.  What “staff” am I leaning on?

Lindsey: Exodus 2:3 “But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.” Moses’ mom didn’t wait around. She did what she could do to save Moses’ life. Am I waiting around for answers or using my God-given mind to come up with creative solutions to serious problems?

What stood out to you from Exodus chapters 1-4?

Genesis 48-50

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Josh: Genesis 50:19-20 “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result—the survival of many people.'” God usually brings redemption through suffering. When hard times come, we need to trust God will bring about His good plan through them.

Lindsey: Genesis 48:11 “Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, but now God has even let me see your offspring.” I love how God surprises us.

What stood out to you from Genesis chapters 48-50?

Genesis 46-47

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Josh: Genesis 47:6b “‘If you know of any capable men among them, put them in charge of my livestock.'” My actions, whether good or bad, represent my family, my church and ultimately, my Lord. Joseph had acted in such a way that Pharaoh had trusted his family. May I act in such a way that my family is trusted and my God is honored.

Lindsey: Genesis 47:29a (NIV) “When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him…” I always find the last words of a man in the Bible to be captivating and thought provoking.

What do you think? What did you find in Genesis chapters 46-47?

Genesis 43-45

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Josh: Genesis 45:20 “Do not be concerned about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.'” We are constantly tempted to hold onto things in this life, but God has prepared for us the best of everything in the next.

Lindsey: Genesis 45:26-27 “They said, ‘Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt!’ Jacob was stunned, for he did not believe them. But when they told Jacob all that Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.” We are like Jacob. Sometimes we might not believe at the first word, but as the evidence unfolds, it bolsters our confidence and “revives our spirits.” Let me always listen to God’s unfolding of evidence in His Word so that I can strongly believe what His Son, Jesus has come to say to me.

What stood out to you from Genesis chapters 43-45?

Genesis 40-42

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Josh: Genesis 40:23-41:1 “Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Two years later Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing beside the Nile.” Our timing is not always God’s timing.  We must be patient because God may be planning his greatest work in our lives.

Adria: Genesis 41:41 “Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “See, I am placing you over all the land of Egypt.”  If Joseph wouldn’t have become king, his brothers wouldn’t have been able to see him.

Coeburn: Genesis 42:17 “So Joseph imprisoned them together for three days.”  Joseph needed time to think about what to do.

Lindsey: Genesis 41:16 “‘I am not able to,” Joseph answered Pharaoh. “It is God who will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.'”  This is probably the best answer in any situation.

“I am not… It is God who will.”

What did you learn or observe from Genesis chapters 40-42?

Genesis 37-39

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Josh: Genesis 39:23 “The warden did not bother with anything under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him, and the LORD made everything that he did successful.” Joseph relieved the warden of all his burdens and it showed everyone that the Lord was with him. Am I adding or relieving burdens to the people around me?

Lindsey: Genesis 37:1 “Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.” Sometimes we find ourselves in the same spiritual territory as our parents.  A pit and slavery might be our means of getting somewhere new.  Divine intervention in what seems unfavorable at the time might be the very thing that saves us later. (Jacob’s family would’ve starved had Joseph not went to Egypt, interpreted the dreams, and stored food in abundance.)

What stood out to you from Genesis chapters 37-39?