Exodus 6:10-7:25

  1. God had called Moses and promised deliverance to the people.
    Why did he delay so long in fulfilling his promise?
    What did Moses learn from these difficult experiences and delays?
  2. Why was Pharaoh so confident and so adamant in disobeying God’s command?
    See particularly 7:11-13, 22, 23. How does this king of opposition to God show itself now?
    Cf. 2 Tim. 3:1-9.

Note.6:12. ‘Of uncircumcised lips’: uncircumcision symbolizes unfitness for God’s presence, and hence, more generally, unfitness for his service. Cf. 4:10.

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Exodus 4:18-6:9

  1. Contrast 4:29-31 with 5:20, 21. What had happened to change the people’s attitude?
    How did Moses react?
  2. Consider God’s answer to Moses’ cry.
    What does it teach us about the faithfulness of God and the reliability of his promises?

Notes

  1. 4:24.This seems to mean that Moses was struck down by a severe and dangerous illness, the result of his neglect to circumcise his son; and his life was saved by Zipporah’s prompt action.
    He could not act as God’s instrument while in disobedience to his covenant. Cf. Gen. 17:10.
  2. 6:3. ‘Did not make myself known’: i.e., as One whose name is ‘the LORD’ or ‘I AM’.
    Cf. 3:14. Once only in Genesis did God use that name of himself, and then without emphasis or explanation (Gen. 28:13).

Exodus 3:1-4:17

  1. Consider God’s revelation of himself in the incident of the burning bush.
    How would you sum up God’s being and character as revealed in this incident?
  2. Was Moses’ reluctance to accept God’s call to be commended?
    Cf. 2 Cor. 3:5; Rom. 12:3.
    Why was God angry with him?

Exodus 1 and 2

  1. What are the contrasting attitudes of the Israelites towards their circumstances, as revealed in this passage?
    Cf. Heb. 11:23-25. What is God’s attitude to the situation?
    See especially 2:23-25.
  2. By what varied means from birth onwards was Moses prepared for his life-work?
    Cf. Acts 7; 20-29. What does this reveal concerning God’s ways of working?

Genesis 50

  1. Comparing 50:1-13 with 28:13-15, reflect how faithful God had been in the fulfilment of his promises even in Jacob’s own lifetime.
    Cf. Ps. 146:5, 6.
  2. Why were the brothers slow to believe that Joseph had forgiven them?
    What was Joseph’s reaction? Do we ever similarly grieve God?
  3. How long a time elapsed between Jacob’s coming to Egypt and Joseph’s death?
    What took place during those years?
    See verses 22, 25) the more conspicuous?
    Cf. Heb. 11:22.

Genesis 47:13-48:22

  1. By their own confession, what did Joseph do for the people of Egypt?
    How did he remain true to his father’s God amid all the pressures of his office?
  2. What different points of view produced the two retrospects of Jacob in 47:9 and 84:15, 16?
    Which is more worthy of our imitation?
  3. Note Jacob’s confident faith and prayer for his two grandsons. Cf. Heb. 11:21; Gen. 18:18, 19; Deut. 6:4-7; Ps. 78:5-7.
    What can we learn from this concerning the privilege and responsibility of Christian parenthood?

Genesis 46:1-47:12

  1. In what way would the fulfilment of the promise in 46:3 be easier in Egypt than in the nomadic conditions of Canaan?
    What can we learn from this of God’s providence?
  2. What trail in Joseph is revealed by his management of Jacob’s arrival? Cf. Is 11:2.
  3. How does this passage illustrate, typically or otherwise:
    (a) John 14:6;
    (b) 2 Cor. 4:17, 18?