Ice Breaker: Have you ever told someone to go to a store or to someone whom they needed help from and to “mention your name”? What does that mean? What does a name signify?
Read Exodus 5:1-9. What do you think Pharaoh is thinking when Moses says, “Thus says the Lord…” in verse 1?
Pharaoh responds in verse 2 by saying “Who is the Lord?.... I don’t know the Lord….” What is the significance of “knowing” someone or “being known”? This is a theme that has come up numerous times so far in Exodus.
Would you say that you “know” the lord? Has there been times when you have struggled with this? What would need to happen in order for you to “know” the Lord?
What does it do to you to know that the Lord “knows” you?
Pharaoh wanted the Israelites to work, serve and worship him. God wanted the same. Whoever you work for is essentially who you worship. Who do you try to please through your work? Whose approval are you seeking to gain? Whose disapproval are you working not to lose?
After Moses asks Pharaoh to let them go, Pharaoh responds by making their work harder. Things looked good for Israel’s rescue at the end of chapter 4 so they bowed in worship - but now that their work is made harder, they complain. Read Exodus 5:18-21. What do you make of the Israelite foreman's response to Moses?
Here is a quote from this week's sermon: “So often, when troubles arise, the true affections of your heart are revealed.” How have you seen this at play in your own life? What does this tell you about yourself?
God’s response to frustrated Israelites is seen in Exodus 6:6-8. Read that passage together and discuss the specific encouragements that God revealed.
How does Jesus fulfill each of those encouragements? Verse 6 - We are redeemed from slavery and death. Verse 6 - So that we might become His people. Verse 7 - So we might live in His new world.