Exodus 3

Verse of the Week:

Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. [Exodus 12:13]

The Big Idea:

The story of Moses points us directly to the Gospel. Moses being sent to the Isrealites to deliver them out of slavery was imagery and foreshadowing for the savior to come: Jesus! We see this story of God using Moses to deliver His people out of Egypt. We see the Savior and sacrifice to come, in Jesus through the Passover. don’t miss some of the other key points. Notice Moses's inability to simply submit to God and do what he said because of his sinfulness, how God spoke to Moses, and how God commissioned him out on mission.

Major Points:

Point 1 - The Call of God

As Moses stumbles onto the burning bush he finds himself being spoken to by God. God places a calling on Moses’s life in this moment and makes very clear what is expected of him. It wasn’t a time of Moses saying God i'm going in this direction and I could really use your help blessing my path. The call was for Moses to put down his own plans for his life and join God on his mission instead. We have been given that same calling, but for many of us we are either too busy, too consumed with self, or simply too proud etc. to hear God speaking into our lives. When God called Moses out three things became clear in Moses’s life; humility, fear, & surrender. If we are to step into the calling on our lives then these three things need to start characterizing our lives.

Point 2 - The Response of Moses

Moses’s initial reaction was not obedience. Moses was focused on his own abilities which produced fear and insecurities in his life. However, when we look at God’s response we see the opposite. God reminds Moses: you can’t but I can. This is a reminder that we can find  confidence when we rest in God’s ability to work through us instead of pulling up our bootstraps and trying to make it happen. God wasn’t looking for Moses’s ability, he was looking for his availability. The point here is for us to simply stop looking at our own abilities and rest in God’s work in our lives.

Point 3 - A Picture of Christ

The book of Hebrews talks about Jesus as a “better Moses”. As you look at the story of Moses, understand that God wants to show us that Jesus has always been the plan. Moses delivered God’s people from physical slavery to point to Christ delivering His people from spiritual slavery. We worship an intentional God that foreshadowed from the beginning that he would free his people, and on this side of the cross we get to rest in the grace that was hinted at in Exodus! 

Question Bank:

  1. How has God clarified the specifics of the calling on your life?

  2. How does humility before God, fear of God, & surrender to God characterize your life?

  3. What does it look like to trust in your own abilities over God’s?

  4. What is God calling you to do that you have been avoiding?

  5. How does the foreshadowing of Jesus make you want to change the way you live your life?

  6. How has your week been spiritually? / What is God teaching you?