Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
It has been said that each of these plagues focuses on one of the "gods" of Egypt. If so, what do you think God was showing the Egyptians about His power?
There are many good resources on the internet that detail these plagues. I encourage you to search for them.
THe Passover was a special celebration that was to occur every year. As we have already seen, God values days of remembrance. He knows that we can forget things easily.
What is the significance of the Passover, especially this first one? How is it a foreshadowing to our spiritual journey today, as Christians? What does the lamb's blood on the door symbolize to you? What does the journey through the waters of the red sea symbolize to you?
Do some research on this. Look up other places in the bible that refer to these things.
After reading over the 10 commandments in Exodus, did they say what you had thought they would?
This is the time when God was entering a "covenant relationship" with Israel - like a marriage. Considering that, what significance do the first three commandments have?
The Israelites had live in Egypt for many years. They had adopted the Egyptian's culture and way of doing things. God is showing them how they were really intended to live through the commandments. He is showing them what "boundaries" are and what "respect for one another" looks like. Remember, they had been slaves for so long. God has now freed them from Egypt, but they need to be freed from the Egyptian culture that still resides in them.
The commandments were meant to be a "guardian" of Israel until they "grew up" as a nation.
Jesus was asked this question. Now that you have learned more about the 10 commandments, how does his answer relate to them?
Matthew 22:37 "You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: "Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."
The "Spirit of the Law" was always about loving God and loving one another. This "Spirit" was the foundation of God's giving of the 10 Commandments.
Matthew 23:37 - "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers. How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate. For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, 'blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!'"
Jesus says a lot in this chapter about how we are to live. He talks about being humble, like a child. Then he discusses our responsibility to reflect the nature of God and not "cause" someone else to stumble. He moves on to how we are to approach "conflict" or being "hurt by someone else". Church discipline is also brought out here. He completes this section with a story about two debtors.
How has this chapter affected you personally? Jesus promises us that if we ask Him for a new heart, he will give us one. If there is anything in this section that "convicts" you, bring it to Jesus.