TiO 15 – Exodus – A God Who Draws Near

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The Main Idea

Exodus is the template for our salvation story. It shows us what God is like and in it we see the story of our own freedom in Jesus.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: What, if anything, did you decide to give up for Lent? How is your Lenten fast going?

Q2: What, in popular culture, makes reference to the Exodus story?

Q3: Have you encountered anything in your Lenten readings (of Exodus) that have struck you as new or meaningful?

The Word

Read the scripture aloud: Exodus 1:8-12

Now a new king arose over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and more powerful than we. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, or they will increase and, in the event of war, join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to oppress them with forced labor. They built supply cities, Pithom and Rameses, for Pharaoh. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread, so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.

  1. A new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph

Q1: What does “did not know Joseph” mean in this verse? After all, Joseph has been dead for 800 years.

  1. BUT the more the Israelites were oppressed the more they flourished

Q2: What is the purpose of this phrase in the story? What does it tell us? What is it setting us up for?

Prayer

Pray together about the connections between the Exodus story and your own journey to freedom in Jesus.

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