To know the story of Exodus and God’s people is to recognize it as our own: He draws us out to draw us in. Through this series, we hope to learn the story of Exodus, grow in our awe and worship of God and celebrate the One who draws us out of our sin and draws us into relationship with Him.
Exodus Part 1 Study Questions
AUG 20 – 21
Our Story in Exodus
Week 1 Group Questions
Aug 27 – 28
More Numerous Than the Stars
Week 2 Group Questions
Sept 3 – 4
Days of Darkness
Week 3 Group Questions
Sept 10 – 11
Week 4 Group Questions
Sept 17 – 18
Week 5 Group Questions
Sept 24 – 25
God Sees and Knows
Week 6 Group Questions
Oct 1 – 2
Week 7 Group Questions
- Oct 8 – 9 | Celebration Weekend
Oct 15 – 16
God is Able
Week 8 Group Questions
Oct 22 – 23
Week 9 Group Questions
Oct 29 – 30
Week 10 Group Questions
Nov 5 – 6
Week 11 Group Questions
Nov 12 – 13
Signs and Wonders
Week 12 Group Questions
Nov 19 – 20
The Plagues, Part 1
Week 13 Group Questions
Nov 26 – 27
The Plagues, Part 2
Week 14 Group Questions
Dec 3 – 4
Week 15 Group Questions
Dec 10 – 11
Delivered Out of Darkness
Week 16 Group Questions
Dec 17 – 18
From Bitter to Sweet
Week 17 Group Questions
Exodus Part 2 Study Questions
FEB 4 – 5
Looking Back and Going Forward
Week 18 Group Questions
FEB 11 – 12
Grumbling or Gratitude
Week 19 Group Questions
FEB 18 – 19
Wisdom and Mission
Week 20 Group Questions
- FEB 25 – 26 | Celebration Weekend
MARCH 4 – 5
The Path of Life
Week 21 Group Questions
- MARCH 11 – 12 | Stand-Alone Sermon
MARCH 18 – 19
Of Laws and Love
Week 22 Group Questions
MARCH 25 – 26
Finding Our Way Home
Week 23 Group Questions
APRIL 1 – 2
The Way Into His Presence
Week 24 Group Questions
APRIL 8 – 9
Work and Rest
Week 25 Group Questions
APRIL 15 – 16
Falling Into Forgetfulness
Week 26 Group Questions
APRIL 22 – 23
The God of Mercy and Glory
Week 27 Group Questions
APRIL 29 – 30
Generous Hearts and Hands
Week 28 Group Questions
MAY 6 – 7
Understanding Glory, Part 1
Week 29 Group Questions
MAY 13 – 14
Understanding Glory, Part 2
Week 30 Group Questions
MAY 20 – 21
Week 31 Group Questions
Before Exodus: A Summary of Genesis
The first book of the Bible, Genesis, begins with a description of God creating the universe. Everything He made—from land to light to vegetation to animals—He called “good.” Only when God created man and woman was creation deemed “very good” and complete. Adam and Eve lived in the garden of Eden and had dominion over creation. But it didn’t take long for the peace of Eden to shatter.
Sin entered the world and changed everything. Mankind became separated from God, banished from paradise. Nothing would be the same. As mankind multiplied, they filled the earth and corrupted it. God brought His judgment upon earth, wiping out mankind with a flood and using the family of Noah to start anew. The Lord had a plan of redemption, and He would carry it out.
Generations passed, and the father of a future people, Abraham, was born. Abraham settled in Haran, where he received a promise from God. The promise was this: God would make Abraham and his offspring into a great nation, and they would one day dwell in the Promised Land. Abraham then moved his family to Canaan, but when a time of drought and famine hit, he brought them to Egypt.
Years passed, and Abraham had a son, Isaac, and Isaac had a son, named Jacob. Now Jacob had 12 sons, but the youngest, Joseph, was his favorite. Joseph's brothers, in their jealousy, sold Joseph into slavery. But the Lord gave Joseph favor with the pharaoh of Egypt, and Joseph rose to power in the royal palace. And when famine ravaged the land of Canaan, Joseph’s family came to Egypt, seeking food and provisions, and Joseph forgave his brothers.
So the house of Jacob remained in Egypt, and Joseph lived 110 years. But before he breathed his last, Joseph reminded the people of God’s promise to draw them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land.
Exodus Part 1 Reading Plan
- AUG 22 – 26 | EXODUS 1:1-7
- AUG 29 – SEPT 2 | EXODUS 1:8-22
- SEPT 5 – 9 | EXODUS 2:1-10
- SEPT 12 – 16 | EXODUS 2:11-22
- SEPT 19 – 23 | EXODUS 2:23-25
- SEPT 26 – 30 | EXODUS 3
- OCT 3 – 7 | BREAK
- OCT 10 – 14 | EXODUS 4
- OCT 17 – 21 | EXODUS 5
- OCT 24 – 28 | EXODUS 6:1-13
- OCT 31 – NOV 4 | EXODUS 6:14-30
- NOV 7 – 11 | EXODUS 7:1-13
- NOV 14 – 18 | EXODUS 7:14-9:12
- NOV 21 – 25 | EXODUS 9:13-11:10
- NOV 28 – DEC 2 | EXODUS 12:1-32
- DEC 5 – 9 | EXODUS 12:33-14:31
- DEC 12 – 16 | EXODUS 15
Exodus Part 2 Reading Plan
- JAN 30 – FEB 3 | Exodus 1-15
- FEB 6 – 10 | Exodus 16-17
- FEB 13 – 17 | Exodus 18-19
- FEB 20 – 24 | BREAK
- FEB 27 – MARCH 3 | Exodus 20:1-21
- MARCH 6 – 10 | BREAK
- MARCH 13 – 17 | Exodus 20:22-24:18
- MARCH 20 – 24 | Exodus 25:1-27:19
- MARCH 27 – 31 | Exodus 27:20-30:10
- APRIL 3 – 7 | Exodus 30:11-31:18
- APRIL 10 – 14 | Exodus 32
- APRIL 17 – 21 | Exodus 33-34
- APRIL 24 – 28 | Exodus 35-36
- MAY 1 – 5 | Exodus 37
- MAY 8 – 12 | Exodus 38-39
- MAY 15 – 19 | Exodus 40
Exodus The Plagues
The 10 plagues of Egypt were acts of divine justice by God against the oppressors of His people. They demonstrated the power of the one, true God and exposed the gods that the Egyptians worshiped as false. Each plague corresponded to particular Egyptian gods and served to prove— both to the Egyptians and the Israelites—who the true Sovereign Ruler was.
Water turned to blood
Apis, Isis, Khnum and Osiris, gods of the Nile
It killed all the fish and made the water unusable, devastating the economy.
Heqet, the frog goddess
Frogs invaded all the homes and later died. The Egyptians believed frogs to be sacred.
Set, god of the desert
The dust of the desert turned to gnats and swarmed over everything—the first plague that the Egyptian sorcerers couldn’t duplicate.
Uatchit, the fly god
Flies swarmed the Egyptians—the first plague that didn’t also affect the Israelites.
Hathor and Apis, cattle gods
The Egyptian cattle died, devastating the economy further.
Sekhmet, Sunu and Isis, gods over health and disease
Boils covered the bodies of the Egyptians and kept the sorcerers away from the royal court.
Nut, the sky goddess, Osiris, the crop fertility god, and Set, the storm god
Hail and fire ruined the Egyptians’ land.
Nut, Osiris and Set
The locusts devoured the Egyptian crops, preventing a harvest for that year.
Re, god of the sun, also symbolic of Pharaoh himself
Darkness covered Egypt for three days, but the Israelite homes still had light.
Death of the Egyptian firstborn sons
Isis, the protector of children, and also served as judgment on Pharaoh himself
The angel of God killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians but passed over the homes of the Israelites.
Exodus Modern Day Map
When we read the Old Testament, it’s easy to forget that the people, places and events were real. This map shows significant locations from Exodus in a modern context.
Exodus 10 Commandments
“You shall have no other gods before me.”
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
“You shall not murder.”
“You shall not commit adultery.”
“You shall not steal.”
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus Additional Resources
Why Was the Golden Idol a Calf?
We have a tendency to take something important in culture and combine it with our worship of the Lord. We tell ourselves that we can make that work when in reality, we are creating idols.
How Do We Interpret Tough Texts in Exodus?
By considering the historical context of Exodus 21-22, we can understand that God is showing how much He loves and values people, and we should seek to do the same.
How the Ten Commandments Inform Identity
God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments to explain how they should live in community with Him. They paint a picture of what it means to truly live with the identity and mission God has given His people.
How Laws Altered the Israelites’ Lives
“Liturgy” means “work of the people” and encompasses all of life—everything was to center around God. As we draw near to the presence of God, our lives must change, as well.
What God’s Covenant With the Israelites Signifies
The covenant God makes with Moses is rooted in the covenant He made with Abraham and involves three pieces: dwelling, dominion and dynasty.
What Role Did Women Play in Exodus 16-40?
In thinking about the construction and upkeep of the tabernacle, we assume it was all done by men, but that was likely not the case.
Why Is Mount Sinai
In Exodus 19, God speaks to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
Will God Dwell with His People Again?
After the Fall, one of the fundamental questions is, “Will we ever get to experience God’s presence again?”
Crossing the Red Sea
How does God ultimately deliver His people from Egypt?
The Passover Meal
What is the purpose of the Passover meal?
The Name of God
In Exodus 3, what does the revealing of God’s name—Yahweh—signify?
The Role of the Midwives
How should we understand the Hebrew midwives’ actions in Exodus 1?
Seeing the Gospel in Exodus
How does the story of Exodus help us to understand the gospel of Jesus Christ?
“The Book of Exodus” videos by The Bible Project
Short, animated videos that unpack the major themes and ideas of Exodus
Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory commentary by Philip Graham Ryken
An insightful exposition on the book of Exodus and the character of God
Pharaoh’s Hardened Heart
An explanation of why God hardened Pharaoh’s heart during and after the plagues
The 10 Plagues
A descriptive chart about the plagues and the Egyptian gods they represented