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Rescued for a Purpose

Dr. Tim Mackie
Why does God rescue his people? What's the point?

Humanity rebels against God throughout the story of the Bible, but does God continue rescuing them just to get them out of trouble, or is there something larger going on? In this week’s study, we’ll explore this question and look at God’s larger mission in the biblical story. Listen to the message, watch the video, open your Bible, and interact with the questions below.


Listen to a short message from Tim on the second half of the book of Exodus. You can listen to this on your own or with a group. If you are leading a small group or family, feel free to listen to the message and contextualize it for your needs.
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Tim's Message on Exodus 19
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Listen to the whole audio on the Reflections Podcast

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Video Question
What image stood out to you in the video and why?

Message Question
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

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.

Reflection 1:

As you review today’s passage, pay attention to the details. What is something that stood out to you as you read?

Reflection 2:

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?

Reflection 3:

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?

Reflection 4:

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?

Reflection 5:

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.

Reflection 6:

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.

Reflection 7:

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.

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