Ex. 2:1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. 4 And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. 5 Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”
Ex. 2:11 One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. 12 He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 When he went out the next day, behold, two Hebrews were struggling together. And he said to the man in the wrong, “Why do you strike your companion?” 14 He answered, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid, and thought, “Surely the thing is known.” 15 When Pharaoh heard of it, he sought to kill Moses. But Moses fled from Pharaoh and stayed in the land of Midian. And he sat down by a well.
Ex. 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came and drew water and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 The shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and saved them, and watered their flock. 18 When they came home to their father Reuel, he said, “How is it that you have come home so soon today?” 19 They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” 20 He said to his daughters, “Then where is he? Why have you left the man? Call him, that he may eat bread.” 21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man, and he gave Moses his daughter Zipporah. 22 She gave birth to a son, and he called his name Gershom, for he said, “I have been a sojourner in a foreign land.”
Ex. 2:23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24 And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25 God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
A BASKET OF TROUBLE
"About half the book (chapters 1-19 and 32-34) is a gripping narrative of an obscure and severely brutalized people who are saved from slavery into a life of freedom. The other half (chapters 20-31 and 35-40) is a meticulous, some think tedious, basic instruction and training in living the saved, free life. The story of salvation is not complete without both halves."
— Eugene H. Peterson, The Invitation: A Simple Guide to the Bible
Begin your time by starting with prayer. Pray as you would like, or use this prayer below.
Heavenly Father, you offer us a refuge within the trials of life. As we wait in these places, prepare us to see and recognise glimpses of you and what you are doing, even as we long for the full appearance of your goodness in all the earth. Amen
Celebrate The Lord's Supper(You might speak briefly about this meal and what it means for us to share it, praying as you eat and drink together. Otherwise you could use these words read aloud.)
(Invitation)Come to this table, not because you must but because you may,
not because you are strong, but because you are weak.
Come, not because any goodness of your own gives you a right to come,
but because you need mercy and help.
Come, because you love the Lord a little and would like to love him more.
Come, because he loved you and gave himself for you.
Come and meet the risen Christ, for we are his Body.
(Distribute the elements so that everyone has them in hand. Then before you eat and drink say)Your death, O Lord, we commemorate.
Your resurrection we confess.
Your final coming we await.
Glory be to you, O Christ.
(Spend a moment in silence, being still in the presence of Jesus or listening to the song above.)
LearnLearning happens best with others where we can discern and apply what God highlights to our lives. Spend some time learning and discerning together using one or more of the questions below as discussion starters:
Is there something from today's readings or teaching where you sensed God speaking to you, or us?
Ask one person to share about a challenge they face in their work in the week ahead, and commission them into this work as a group.
A closing prayer:May the goodness and loving-kindness of our God sustain us in our longing, and transform the desert of our waiting into a garden of fertile hope. Amen
— Some words in this order of service are taken from 'A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk With God' by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck and John S. Mogabgab.
Watch the above video by The Bible Project which gives an overview of the first half of Exodus.
Group questions to discuss:
Please ask someone to record the questions & issues raised in your group.
Imagine this is your very first time reading Exodus 1 and 2, as you read it through, write down some questions that come to your mind. What do these questions remind you of from your own journey in life? (15 minutes)
As a group identify one or two main issues worth further discussion, and share your observations and thoughts with each other. (15 minutes)
After your life group time, please email a copy of your group issues/thoughts to email@example.com. David will then collate and compile our responses so that the teaching and writing teams can tailor future materials to the kinds of questions you asked, and others might benefit as well from you 'doing life' together.
Who are the main characters in Exodus 1-2? Notice their names, social status and gender. Why are some the names mentioned, and others are not? Why is the gender of these characters significant? (15 minutes)
Who is the main character in Ex 2:23-25? It's interesting to note that a few bible translations (e.g. ESV, NET) join Ex 2:23-25 and Exodus 3 together as one unit of story.
Now go back to Question 3, did you identify the main character in Q4 also in Q3? Why did you miss this character, or why did you include this character in the first place? (5 minutes)
In the story of Moses, he goes through the cycle of "learning, unlearning and relearning". Think of your own life, what have you been learning, unlearning, and relearning as you mature in faith? (10 minutes)
Please email a copy of your group issues/thoughts from doing Q2 to GBC administrator David Green: firstname.lastname@example.org.