Delivered Out of Darkness

OPEN

Have several group members read Exodus 12:33-14:31 aloud.

Imagine you are an Israelite in this story. What sort of reaction would you have to all these events?

REFLECT

In 12:33-42, which facts or numbers surprised you the most? Why?

In addition to the memorial practice of Passover, two others result from the story of the exodus: the consecration of the firstborn and the Feast of Unleavened Bread (13:1-16). As a group, reflect on how each of these not only pointed back to the story of the exodus but forward to the story of Christ.

How does Exodus 14 draw to a close the story of Pharaoh and the progressive hardening of his heart? Of Moses’ progressive credibility? Of God’s faithfulness? Find evidence in the text to support your answer.

APPLY

How do the stories of Passover and the Red Sea crossing correspond to your own story of being drawn out of the bondage of sin? How has reading them deepened your gratitude for the atoning work of Christ?

Re-read Exodus 13:18-19. Joseph was a man of great faith, whose very bones spoke of his belief that God would do what He had promised. His deathbed request offers a shadow of the bodily resurrection all believers await and shows a healthy understanding of what it means to dwell as a stranger in a strange land. How can we emulate Joseph’s faith in our daily decisions and challenges in such a way that our lives look discernibly different from those of unbelievers?

CLOSE

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

IDEAS FOR FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP

TIME

Set aside a time this week for your household to read Exodus 12:33-14:31. Then go through these questions together:

// How did the Lord rescue the Israelites out of Egypt?

// Do you think you would have trusted God to rescue you after witnessing His many signs and wonders? Do you think the Israelites ever struggled with doubt or idolatry?

// Why is it hard for us to trust God, even when He has rescued us and done so many incredible things?

// How we can help each other deal with doubt?

MOMENTS

In moments of discipline this week, remind your kids that we all struggle with sin—it’s more than just the bad things we think, feel, do and say; it’s why we do them. Our hearts are sick with sin. Remind them of our sinful nature—all people are slaves to sin; we both choose it and have no choice. Encourage them to take heart in God because He is merciful—God does not give His children the punishment they deserve.