Let’s think about freedom. What exactly does it mean to be free?
Free from what?
Free for what? If you are being held in bondage by something and then are released, what do you do with your freedom?
How much freedom is enough for a person to be considered truly free? Is there a solid, objective line or is this a subject grey area? Is one person’s bondage another’s freedom?
“Tell the people of Israel to turn back…” God turns the people around and puts their back up against the wall. While we may be ok with thinking about this because we know how the story ends, how would you really feel if you were in this situation? Does God’s command here align with how you think God should act?
Have you ever felt like God is calling you into a place of hopelessness.... Where he must act if deliverance is to come?
In verse 12 the people appear to be suffering from some type of delusion or memory corruption. What they say of their captivity experience is drastically different than what we’ve read of it previously in Exodus.
What are the differences?
Why do you think the people of Israel are speaking like this?
Can you relate? How? When? Why? Was it resolved?
Each of us serve something. The people wanted to be free, but didn’t know what they would do with their freedom. In fact, they actually choose captivity again over death. Perhaps they felt death was the ultimate bondage? Yet Pastor Jeremy said that each of us serve something. His four points were:
Your life is currently being lived for something.
This thing is controlling you. It dictates what you do, how you do it and why you do it.
It can be a good thing (it doesn’t have to just be a negative thing).
If you fail it, it will come for you.
The truth is though, that God saves us from something as well as for something.
What does God save us from?
What does God save us for?
How did he accomplish this through Christ?
God’s instructions to the people of Israel are found in Ex. 14:13. Talk about each of these and how you experience this in your own life through Christ?
See the salvation of the Lord.
How do the above 3 points motivate you to action in your daily life as a Christian? Which do you most often find the hardest to follow through on?
Being told to "fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord" can sound like big things to ask of us... but do these verses make it any easier to trust in God?