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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 4
Rescued for a Purpose
12m • January 20, 2021

Last week, we explored how God rescues his people when they cry out to him. In today’s episode, we’re reflecting on why God rescues his people. He doesn’t only free us from corruption, he free us for restoration. His rescue is not just for us but for the restoration of the whole world.

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Last week, we explored how God rescues his people when they cry out to him. In today’s episode, we’re reflecting on why God rescues his people. He doesn’t only free us from corruption, he free us for restoration. His rescue is not just for us but for the restoration of the whole world.

Bible Reading
Exodus 19:1-6

Reflection Questions

  1. 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?
  2. Where do you lack an experience of one of these characteristics in your life?
  3. 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.

Want to Go Deeper?
View this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: "Fields of Meditation" by Emmanuel Jacob

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. 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?
  2. Where do you lack an experience of one of these characteristics in your life?
  3. 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.

Go Deeper

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.

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

Read: Exodus 19:1-6, 1 Peter 2:4-9

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