1. Describe the circumstances in Egypt leading up to the birth of Moses (look at Exodus chapter 1 for help).
2. The sermon describes Moses being born into a climate of fear and despair; where do you see fear and despair around you?
3. What details stick out to you in the story of Moses' death and preservation? Why do those details resonate with you?
4. The story of Moses being saved from death teaches us at least four lessons about the nature of salvation:
- A true Savior must be qualified to stand in our place by understanding the fear and despair we need to be saved from.
- True salvation will take us through a situation that feels like death.
- True salvation brings new life out of a situation where all seemed lost.
- True salvation creates hope and courage in those who are saved.
How do those lessons inform how you think of salvation in Jesus Christ? Where are you challenged? Where do you need to reconsider what the experience of Christian salvation is in light of these lessons?
5. What is one specific way that God may be calling you to exhibit greater hope and courage in the world? In light of the salvation we have in Christ, who can you stand up for? What new life can you hope for?
Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman.2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews' children.”7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.