For further thought and discussion:
1.What was helpful to you in this week’s sermon? What didn’t you understand?
2.Think of a time you misunderstood a conflict with another person (you thought it was about one thing; but really, it was about something deeper). Share your experience with the group.
3.Read Exodus 12:12. Who does the LORD say he is fighting against? How does this reshape our view of the 10 plagues (see also Exodus 15:11 and Numbers 33:4)? What deeper battle is taking place here?
4.How does Moses and Aaron’s confrontation with Pharaoh and his sorcerers set the stage for what follows (7:8-13)? Explain the symbolism of the snake becoming a staff, as well as the snake eating the other snakes. What is God’s purpose in sending the 10 plagues? How does Pharaoh fit into God’s purpose? Why does God deliver Israel in this particular manner (rather than simply wiping Pharaoh out? See 9:13-16)?
5.Describe the different plagues (7:14-11:10). How do they increase in intensity? How does each plague demonstrate – in increasing measure – God’s sovereignty over Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt?
6.Describe how each of the plagues is an “undoing” of creation. What’s the significance of the number “10” (see Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, 29)? Read Romans 1:18-23. How does serving counterfeit gods lead to our destruction?
7.Jeff talked about “substitute lords” we fear instead of the one true Lord. How can we identify these “lords”? How can we deconstruct them, and turn towards the one true Lord?
8.Jeff talked about “substitute saviors” we flee to for deliverance. How can we identify these “saviors”? How can we deconstruct them, and turn towards our true Savior?
9.What’s one thing you can do this week to apply this passage?