Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 5

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My answers to BSF study questions Exodus 18

10.  a.  Challenge—We know Moses left Midian and returned to Egypt with his wife and children. Scripture does not mention why or when he sent them back.

Things we do know:

  • Moses and Zipporah had controversy about the circumcision of their son, so perhaps she asked to return to Midian before they reached Egypt. The angel trying to kill Moses during the night may have been too much for her. It certainly was a traumatic experience for all of them.
  • Moses went to God with every question and concern that arose. God gave him many specific instructions. Perhaps God told Moses to send her back. This could have occurred following Moses’ first meeting with Pharaoh.
  • When Pharaoh increased the oppression on the Israelites and the leaders turned on him, Moses was distraught. He realized this would be a difficult and lengthy process. By sending his family to Midian, they would be spared the hardship. It also allowed Moses and Aaron to focus their attention on the God-given task.

“The Scripture doesn’t record why Moses sent Zipporah and his two sons back to his father-in-law. There was much contention between Zipporah and Moses over the circumcision of Gershom (Exodus 4:20 and 24-26), but those verses don’t say Moses sent them back to his father-in-law. It’s possible that Moses knew the danger he was in when he confronted Pharaoh and he simply sent them back home as a precaution. Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  Times it might be right to send your family away. (It could just as easily be a mother sending her family to safety, not just a husband and father as the question suggests. Heidi Baker comes to mind.)

  • War breaks out.
  • Parent or child becomes ill.
  • Parent’s extended family member in another place need help.
  • Natural disaster occurs.
  • Ebola or other epidemic occurs.
  • God instructs you to do so before one of the above. That would be ideal. We should be so in tune.
  • Your spouse does not want to be there.

11.  a.  When Jethro heard all the Lord had done, —

  • He praised God for rescuing the Israelites from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh.
  • He said, “Now I know with all my heart that the Eternal is greater than all gods because of the way He delivered His people when Egyptians in their arrogance abused them.” Exodus 18:11
  • He “took a burnt offering and sacrifices and presented them to God.” Exodus 18:12

“Jethro was totally convinced that it was the Lord who delivered the Israelites from the Egyptians, yet the Israelites weren’t convinced of that (Exodus 16:6)
Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  I remind my son of the miracle that saved his life when he was two years old. From my perspective, he appears unmoved. He has lost his first love, seduced by this humanistic, politically correct world.

Thankfully, God hears my prayers. The Good Shepherd does not neglect to pursue the lost sheep.

If I am still around, I will indeed rejoice and celebrate!

12.  a.  Jethro was concerned about Moses’ workload because—

  • he observed all the people waiting for Moses to hear their case from sunrise to sunset. Day after day.
  • this schedule could not be maintained indefinitely.
  • he would burn out.
  • the people would burn out, too.
  • he needed help.

b.  Jethro advised Moses to—

  • “Represent the people before God, and carry their concerns to Him. Exodus 18:19b
  • “Teach them God’s requirements and pass on His laws. Show them the right way to live and the kind of work they should be doing.” Exodus 18:20
  • Choose leaders to whom you can delegate responsibility. Exodus 18:21

c.  Jethro told Moses to choose men with the following characteristics:

  • competent
  • fear the Lord
  • love truth
  • despise dishonesty
  • won’t take a bribe
  • men of integrity
  • righteous leaders
  • ready to judge the people when necessary

d.  Moses asked the people themselves to “Choose some wise, perceptive, knowledgeable men from your tribes, and I’ll put them in authority over you.” Deuteronomy 1:13

e.  Based on Jethro’s advice…

Others tell me I need to rest more and not work so hard. My 83-year-old dad often says so, but only when I’m doing things for someone other than him.

Then he recommends I get a paying job. Ah, dementia.

I’m the delegatee not the deletor. For many women, isn’t that normal?

I love that Jethro didn’t stop with, You need to stop doing that. He actually offered a great plan.

Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.

I pray that God will—

  • Give me wisdom.
  • Help me say no when I should.
  • Help me focus so that I will be me more efficient in less time.
  • Give me the strength, energy, and inspired ideas necessary to complete the tasks He has called me to do.

 

How did you answer the last question? I found it difficult to apply Jethro’s advice to my life.

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Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 4

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My answers to BSF study questions Exodus 17:8-16 Voice & AMP

8.  a.  The staff that Moses held up in battle symbolized — (The passage doesn’t specifically say Moses was holding up the staff. The question makes an assumption.)

  • Moses looks to God for help, knowing they cannot succeed without Him.
  • The staff itself represented God’s supernatural power.
  • Moses hands and staff raised to God in intercession for the Israelites

Moses lifting up his hands is symbolic of using God’s power in intercession for the victory of the troops. I suspect Moses had God’s rod in his hand (see my note at Exodus 4:20). Even though this was God’s rod and carried supernatural powers, it was in the hands of a natural man who got tired. He had to have people help him to continue his intercession. We have the treasure of God in us, but it’s in earthen vessels (2 Corinthians 4:7).  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b.  Moses holding up his hands (with the staff) on behalf of the Israelites represented looking to their source of protection. Joshua’s military expertise in battle would not ensure their success. Looking to God would.

What a great picture. Moses was the man of God with the rod of God in his hands. But he was limited in how much he could do by the frailties of his flesh. Likewise, we have God’s power on the inside of us as New Testament believers. All the potential is in there, but we still have frailties too. We need the help of other people. Aaron and Hur were just as important as Moses in this instance. He couldn’t have done it without them.  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

c.  Looking to my own strength or even the strength of others says to God, “I’ve got this.” I should never trust in my own strength to begin with. Nor should I wait to call out to God as a backup plan.

If I do something without His help and it appears to succeed, I’m likely to be puffed up with pride—giving myself the glory. Likewise, if my plans and efforts do NOT succeed, I’m likely to feel embarrassed.

Either way, I am reserving the glory or failure for myself.

9.  a.  God instructed Moses to write down, “I will erase all traces of the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” (Voice) Exodus 17:14 Voice/Amp

b.  God wanted Moses to record this and tell Joshua because—

  • It is a reminder to Moses and Joshua that God is the defender and protector of His chosen ones.
  • God would continue to fight on their side as Joshua and others led in future battles.
  • I first thought perhaps Joshua later wiped them out. “But the Amalekites were still around in the days of Saul (1 Samuel 15) and David (1 Samuel 30). It’s possible that the destruction of Amalek was long overdue from God’s perspective.” Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary. When David found the Amalekites, they were celebrating a recent raiding party which included the capture of David’s wives. God knew they would not change their ways.
  • The record of God’s promise to destroy the Amalekites encouraged all who read and here about it including us. I gives us hope in God to know He keeps His promises, defends the weak, sees the wicked, and will take revenge on our behalf.

c.  My mother’s great-grandfather wrote a family history containing very little detail aside from the date each person accepted Christ. My mother’s sister compiled a complete family history of her father’s family. Most of its members were devout believers.

That heritage has undoubtedly forged an impact on my life. There is no doubt, my predecessor offered prayers on my behalf long before I was conceived.

I’m thankful for the heritage and for those who recorded and compiled the information.

I should do the same. A ministry resume may not mean anything in heaven. Only God knows our motives and what brings Him glory.


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Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 3

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My answers to BSF study questions for Lesson 7 Day 3 Exodus 17:1-7

 6.  a.  The Israelites complained—”Give us water to drink. We’re thirsty.” Exodus 17:2 Voice

Then they accused Moses of bringing them out of Egypt to kill them, their children and their livestock. Exodus 17:2-3

b.  Moses said the Israelites were putting God to the test by looking to man not Him. They still did not have faith in God.

c.  God again showed His loving-kindness and patience by demonstrating His power through Moses. In front of the elders, Moses struck the rock with his staff as God instructed. As God promised, water came out.

He also said, “I will be there when you arrive standing at the rock of Horeb.” (The Voice) (Some versions say “I will stand before you” or “I will stand in front of you” and “I will be there with you.”

Most say, I will be “standing on the rock” and some say “standing on a rock.” Exodus 17:6 All versions

The question may not refer to this, but the fact that God promised meet them there is significant, in my opinion.

d.  John 4:1-14 Voice   — Jesus wants us to ask for something far greater than water from a well or a tap. He wants us to ask for living water—a well-spring within us—which gives eternal life.

John 7:37-38 Voice —  “If any of you is thirsty, come to Me and drink. If you believe in Me, the Hebrew Scriptures say that rivers of living water will flow from within you.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 — “and they all drank the same spiritual water, flowing from a spiritual rock that was always with them, for the rock was the Anointed One, our Liberating King.”

Jesus Christ is the rock of our salvation.

Rock—Hebrew: tsur)

Employed as a symbol of God in the Old Testament (1 Sam. 2:2; 2 Sam. 22:3; Isa. 17:10; Ps. 28:1; 31:2,3; 89:26; 95:1); also in the New Testament (Matt. 16:18; Rom. 9:33; 1 Cor. 10:4)

In Dan. 2:45 the Chaldaic form of the Hebrew word is translated “mountain.” It ought to be translated “rock,” as in Hab. 1:12 in the Revised Version. The “rock” from which the stone is cut there signifies the divine origin of Christ. 

When traveling through a desert, it is typical to carry water along. In the analogy, Jesus Himself is our dependable Rock who wants to travel (abide) with us in our journey. If the Israelites trusted and relied on Him, they didn’t need to worry about water.

Apparently, the Jews had a saying that bread is spiritual and drink is spiritual. (Notes on 1 Corinthians 10:4 Adam Clark Commentary) This common belief could be the reason for the reference.

7.  a.  Times the Israelites complained—

Exodus 15:24 Voice — They were thirsty.

Exodus 16:2 Voice — Their complaint began due to the lack of water and expanded to a complaint about bread and meat.

They whined, “It would have been better if we had died by the hand of the Eternal in Egypt. At least we had plenty to eat and drink, for our pots were stuffed with meat and we had as much bread as we wanted. But now you have brought the entire community out to the desert to starve us to death.”

Exodus 17:2 Voice — Lack of water again. They also complained about Moses’ leadership.

Exodus 17:7 Voice — The people also “complained and tested the Eternal, saying, “Is He standing with us or not?”

I didn’t find a single time they repented. Did I miss it?

b.  I have a bad habit of complaining and focusing on the negative. I’ve tried several times to go all day without complaining. I’m ashamed to admit, I’ve never succeeded.

I have so much give thanks for.

I do confess and repent for my complaining nature. I’m doing my best to renew my mind and rid myself of stinking thinking.

Regardless of my circumstances, God is faithful. He sees my circumstances. He knows. He cares. He has a plan.

My complaints and whining are not a part of His plan.

In the midst of every circumstance, I must give thanks.

When tempted, I”m finding it easier to remember to raise my hands, take a few deep breaths, and worship. Soon I’m in a more peaceful and thankful place.

 


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Life of Moses Lesson 7 Day 2

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My answers to BSF study questions for Exodus 15:22–16:36

3.  a.  The Israelites traveled three days before they found water. Undrinkable water. Grumble..grumble..grumble @ Moses.

b. Moses asked God for help rather than complaining or trying to do something on his own. The Lord responded by showing Moses a log. Moses threw it into the bitter water which became sweet.

The Lord also indirectly reminded the Israelites why the Egyptians were on the receiving end of all those plagues: They refused to listen to Him. He tells his chosen ones how to avoid that undesirable scenario.

c.  At Marah, God established an important principle with the following conditions:

  • Listen closely to My voice.
  • Do what is right in My eyes.
  • Pay attention to My instructions.
  • Keep all of My laws.

Lest we think these conditions still apply to us, remember we are now under the NEW Covenant.

This promise was conditional upon their obedience. In the New Testament, our blessing is dependent upon faith in Christ. We don’t get what we deserve anymore; we get what Jesus deserves, if we believe on Jesus. Hallelujah! Therefore, the New Testament believer can take this verse to say, “Because of our faith in Jesus, God will not put any of the diseases upon us that He brought on the Egyptians.” Thank You, Jesus! Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

d.  God revealed another of His attributes. He said, “I am the Eternal, Your Healer.” Exodus 15:26 Voice

4.  a.  The Israelites wrongly assume that Egypt and the Egyptians were their providers and not God. After protection from the plagues, a miraculous escape drowning all their enemies, and bitter water turned sweet, they still complain and think about returning to Egypt. That’s stinking thinking. I’ve never done anything like that, of course. Exodus 16:3 Voice

b.  Israelites were actually grumbling against Moses and Aaron. Exodus 16:2 Voice

5.  a.  God provided manna for forty years. The Israelites found manna on the ground six days each week. The sixth day, they came back with twice as much. In the Voice version, it sounds like the amount they collected multiplied.

Miraculously, each person and each family—regardless of how much they gathered—had exactly what they needed.” Exodus 16:18 Voice

22 On the sixth day the people went out and gathered, but they came back with twice as much as usual—four quarts per person. All the leaders of the community thought they needed to tell Moses what had happened. Exodus 16:22 Voice

After reading this passage in several versions, it seems they measured the manna after they returned from gathering.

b.  The gift of manna was also a test. God gave instructions to follow. And consequences if they did not followed.

  • The manna that was not collected in the morning, melted.
  • Any manna saved overnight, developed a foul smell and became wormy.
  • God instructed them to rest on the seventh day, so no manna fell.

c.  Concerning manna, Jesus said,

I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”…

53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

d.  Just like the manna in the wilderness, “Because of the Lord’s faithful love, we do not perish, for His mercies never end. They are new every morninggreat is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23 HCSB


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Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 5

My answers to BSF study questions~Exodus 15:1-21

10.  a.  Words and phrases from Moses’ song— http://youtu.be/dr8qCU07l0g

b.  My own words or phrases to describe God and how He has helped me—

  • He is—
    • Enough.
    • Faithful.
    • Everything.
    • Amazing.
    • Love.
    • Worthy of my dedication and praise.
    • Holy.
    • Righteous.
  • He has—
    • Made me in His image.
    • He has given me new life.
    • Redeemed me.
    • Provided for me.
    • Healed me and other family members.
    • Forgiven me.
    • Held me in the palm of His hand.
    • Restored me.
    • Loved me with an everlasting love.
    • Protected me.
    • Revealed Himself to me.

c.  To show Him I’m thankful, I can—

  • Seek His face.
  • Be obedient to His voice.
  • Be thankful for and meditate on His attributes.
  • Be thankful for and meditate on all He has done for me.
  • Sing songs of praise, adoration, and worship.
  • Meditate on His word.
  • Dance like Miriam and David did.
  • Write.

11.  a.  In Exodus 15:13–18 Moses predicted God would—

  • Cause the people of Philistia, Canaan, and Edom will fear them.
  • Give them the land He had designated to be His sanctuary and dwelling place.
  • He will reign as King forever and always.

b.  God’s faithfulness to do all He had promised enabled Moses to anticipate God’s future faithfulness to complete unfulfilled promise.

c.  When I consider all the God has done for me, I’m encouraged to have hope for the future.

  • All of my sons will return to their first love.
  • All of my descendants will followers of Jesus.
  • Good health for my family.
  • God will supply all of our needs.
  • Greater revelation and understanding of God’s thoughts.
  • A great awakening for my nation and beyond.
  • That I would be an active participant in the plans and purposes of God for the rest of my life.

What is your main hope for the future? Please share in the comments.

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