Why does God rescue his people? What's the point? Listen to the podcast, reflect on some questions, and go deeper into study on your own or with a group. If you're participating in our reading plan One Story that Leads to Jesus, this Reflections Bible Study lines up with week 4.
Once you've listened to the short podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.
Choose one of the following characteristics of God to reflect on: wisdom, justice, or love. How have you specifically experienced that one characteristic of God in your life?
Where do you lack an experience of one of these characteristics in your life?
Let’s invite God’s Spirit of wisdom to empower our reflection of his character. Ask God how he wants to show his wisdom, justice, or love through you today. Listen for what he brings to mind.
If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.
God rescued Israel from slavery for a specific purpose. He wanted to transform them into a kingdom of priests who would represent his presence and character to all nations around them. God rescues us for the same purpose. As we rely on Jesus and live by his Spirit of wisdom, justice, and love, we become reflections of who he is to the world around us.
Feel free to reflect on all the questions or simply a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?
As you review today’s passage, pay attention to the details. What is something that stood out to you as you read?
Notice the figure of speech God uses in Exodus 19:4. This is the first time “eagles’ wings” are mentioned in the Bible, but it won’t be the last. Consider some of the ways later biblical authors hyperlink to this Exodus passage to describe God’s rescuing love for his people. Compare today’s passage with Deuteronomy 32:10-12, Isaiah 40:29-31, and Revelation 12:13-14. What do you notice?
God rescued Israel for a purpose. Study Exodus 19:4-6 and take note of the specific ways God describes the identity he wants his people to receive. According to this passage, what does God want his people to be? How are they to receive this identity?
Centuries later, the apostle Peter references these verses in Exodus. Read 1 Peter 2:4-9 and take note of the relationship between trust and obedience. What do you notice?
When God’s people trust and obey God’s wise, just, and loving commands, how do they impact the communities around them? What happens to these communities when God’s people neglect to trust and obey him? Consider specific examples from the Bible as well as your own experiences.
Let’s invite God’s Spirit of wisdom to empower us to trust, obey, and reflect his character. Ask God how he wants to show his wisdom, justice, and love through you today. Listen for what he may bring to your mind.
Turn your reflections into a prayer. Admire God for his rescuing love and agree with his plan to show his love to many through you. Ask for his help to trust and obey him, admit where you have doubted and disobeyed, and thank him for a fresh start today.