November 13, 2022

Israel on the Move

Passage: Exodus 13:17-22
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Sermon 31 in Series

Exodus 13:17-22

[17] When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” [18] But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. [19] Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” [20] And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the wilderness. [21] And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. [22] The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

DEEP SHEET: Sermon Study Questions
 Why did God choose to use an untrained army of former slaves? What does this tell us about his glory and our weaknesses?
2.   Where in this passage do we see God’s consideration, compassion, and protection of his people in view of their weaknesses? How does this encourage us as we face temptation?
3.   In what ways do Joseph’s bones function as a symbol? How do they clarify the meaning of biblical faith?
4.   What effect would the pillar of cloud and fire have had on the Israelites as they traveled? How does this illustrate God’s presence with us today?
5.   How are you tempted to lose sight of God’s guiding presence? How can we practically remind one another that God never leaves us?

References: Exodus 12:41; Genesis 15:16; Numbers 13:31; 14:4; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Matthew 6:13; Genesis 50:25; Hebrews 11:1; Exodus 14:24; Psalm 105:39; Matthew 28:20.


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