1. This season of Advent prepares us for Christmas with anticipation for the appearing of Christ, both as Messiah two-thousand years ago and the returning king in the future. What are you longing for or anticipating this Advent season?
2. The Israelites’ journey from captivity to freedom in Exodus was marked by a tremendous amount of opposition. This weekend, we want to take a look at the mountains of opposition they faced. Our Scripture for this weekend is Exodus 5:1-7:6. Before you begin your study, ask God to speak to you through the Scripture. Then, read that passage aloud.
3. God asks Moses and Aaron to appear before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, with a strong message. What is that message from God (see 5:1, 3)?
4. What was Pharaoh’s response to Moses and Aaron’s message? Why do you think that he made this sort of response?
5. The situation for all of the Israelites changed dramatically as a result of Moses and Aaron’s exchange with Pharaoh. What changed in terms of their work (see 5:6-18)? What changed in terms of their thoughts about God and His messengers (see 4:29-13; 5:19-21; 6:9)?
6. What sort of mountains are you facing in your life right now? How are they impacting your circumstances and relationships?
7. How did Moses deal with the challenges presented to him by facing Pharaoh? How did he deal with the challenge of the Israelites’ response?
8. Based on what you see in Moses, how might you approach the mountains of opposition in your life differently?
9. If you are alone, take some time to reflect on what God is speaking to you, perhaps by writing some thoughts down and then talking with God about that in prayer. If you are with a group, discuss this together and then close your time by praying for one another specifically.
[Next week: We continue our series “Expecting a Miracle” by looking at the miraculous plagues sent by God upon Egypt. Prepare ahead of time by reading Exodus, chapters 7-12.]