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.

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Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 4

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My answers to BSF study questions on Exodus 13:17–14:31.

 8.  a.  God’s instructions helped the Israelites in the following ways:

  • God led them in a route that avoided “those contentious Philistines.”—Getting into a battle with them would likely discourage them enough to send them running back to Egypt.
  • God instructed them to back-track and use a different, longer path so Pharaoh would think they were wandering in a circle.—When Pharaoh’s heart once again hardens and turns against the Israelites, God displays His might in an epic, miraculous rescue.
    • Their enemies—Pharaoh, his army, his officers, and his chariots are utterly destroyed.
    • The Israelites acknowledge the power of God, fear Him, and trust Him.
    • The Israelites give credit to Moses and trust Him.

b.  God’s instructions brought Him glory because man would not plan to take that route. In man’s eyes, this was certain suicide.

c.  God kept His promise to gain glory for Himself.

  • The Egyptian army’s efforts were confused by an invisible force. (I envision a host of angels pulling off chariot wheels. They had waited a long time for this.)
  • The Egyptians said, “Let’s go and get away from these Israelites. Their God, the Eternal One, is fighting for them against us.” Exodus 14:25 Voice
  • The Egyptians couldn’t see or get to the Israelites through the fire pillar or the cloud pillar.
  • The Israelites escaped in a way that was impossible for them to carry out on their own.
  • The Israelites lacked the weapons and training to compete with the Egyptian army.
  • The entire Egyptian army and all their chariots were destroyed at once without bloodshed.

d.  When the Jewish pediatrician said my son’s prognosis was hopeless, God worked a miracle. The doctor asked me afterward, “Were you praying for a miracle?”

9.  a.  “When Israel witnessed the incredible power that the Eternal used to defeat the Egyptians, the people were struck with fear of Him, and they trusted in Him and also in Moses, His servant.” Exodus 14:31 Voice

b.  Since the intern came running to me with news my two-year-old son’s kidneys were again functional, my life has not been the same. It wasn’t the first healing miracle I’d seen, but at that moment, I knew God saw me and heard me.


 

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Life of Moses Lesson 6 Day 3

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My answers to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Exodus 12:31–13:16
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5.  a.  How the death of all the firstborn affected Egypt— 

There was a great cry—No people in the universe were more remarkable for their mournings than the Egyptians, especially in matters of religion; they whipped, beat, tore themselves, and howled in all the excess of grief. When a relative died, the people left the house, ran into the streets, and howled in the most lamentable and frantic manner. …. How dreadful then must the scene of horror and distress appear when there was not one house or family in Egypt where there was not one dead; and according to their custom, all the family running out into the streets bewailing this calamity!  Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

“The Egyptians believed in a pantheon of gods, which were involved in all aspects of nature and human society. Their religious practices were efforts to sustain and placate these phenomena and turn them to human advantage. This polytheistic system was very complex, as some deities were believed to exist in many different manifestations, and some had multiple mythological roles. Conversely, many natural forces, such as the sun, were associated with multiple deities. Wikepedia

After enduring many plagues, including three days of complete darkness, every family now discovers their first-born is dead. As was their custom, they stumble out into the darkness and wail loudly.

Life as they knew it, would never be the same. All of the forces of nature, their gods, and their divine Pharaoh failed. Now, their heirs were gone, too.

In fact, they all thought they were going to die. Exodus 12:33

b.  “The Levites are taken for the service of the sanctuary in place of the first-born.”  Adam Clarke’s Commentary.

God set aside (sanctified) the Levites and their herds for this purpose on the day He struck down the first-born of Egypt.

c.  God is saying the Israelites are “utterly dear to me.” (Adam Clarke’s Commentary)

d.  I was set apart for God when I placed my faith in Jesus Christ. At that moment, I was a newborn child in God’s kingdom.

I show that I’m set apart when I pursue sanctification by offering myself as a living sacrifice, “live in constant renewal and transformation of (my) mind.” Note following Romans 12:3 Voice

“walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which [we] have been called” (Eph. 4:1 NASB).

I’m not there yet. It’s a process.

6.  God provided for the Israelites’ material needs. According to Moses’ instruction, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and clothing. God gave them favor, and their Egyptian neighbors gladly gave it to them.

So, they basically plundered the Egyptians, finally receiving the wages they deserved.

7.  Instructions concerning how to celebrate the Passover with foreigners was necessary because “An ethnically diverse crowd also went up with them.” Exodus 12:38


 

The scripture reference links in this lesson are HCSB unless otherwise noted.
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