Sermon 5 in Series
 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.  And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  God saw the people of Israel—and God knew. (ESV)
DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
1. Why is this passage a crucial turning point in the book?
2. How would you summarize Israel’s level of suffering? How does their disappointment encourage us when we face unmet expectations?
3. Why is crying out to God for help one of the marks of a true believer? Discuss how this theme shows up throughout the Bible.
4. What is God’s response to Israel’s prayer? What does this say about his character?
5. How do we continually remind ourselves and one another that God is engaged with our suffering and hears our prayers? What happens when we lose sight of these truths?
6. Why doesn’t God immediately inform the Israelites that he has heard their prayer? How does this instruct us in living, believing, waiting, persevering, and praying?
References: Genesis 15:13-16; Exodus 1:11, 13-14; Psalm 142:1; 18:6; 120:1; Mark 10:47; 9:24; Luke 18:13; Numbers 20:16; Deuteronomy 26:7; Daniel 9:23; Colossians 3:4; Titus 2:13.