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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 3
When We Cry Out
15m • January 13, 2021

How does God respond when his people cry out to him? In today’s study, we invite you to contemplate the ancient Exodus story for the first time or with fresh eyes.

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How does God respond when his people cry out to him? In today’s study, we invite you to contemplate the ancient Exodus story for the first time or with fresh eyes.

Bible Reading Exodus 3:1-8

Reflection Questions

  1. How has God met you in the midst of your past suffering?
  2. Where do you currently sense a need for God’s rescue in your life?
  3. How does God want to work through you to support others who are hurting this week?

Want to Go Deeper? Watch a video and explore more questions for yourself or group discussion online. View this episode's Bible study.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background music: Reuben Y. Cottingham

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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. How has God met you in the midst of your past suffering?
  2. Where do you currently sense a need for God’s rescue in your life?
  3. How does God want to work through you to support others who are hurting this week?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

The Exodus story reminds us that God is faithful to act on behalf of the hurting and the oppressed. He grieves when we suffer and can be trusted to respond with compassion. Feel free to reflect on all the questions or just a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.

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

Read: Exodus 3:1-8, Exodus 19:16-25, Hebrews 12:18-29

  1. As you review today’s passage, pay attention to the details. Notice repeated words and how each sentence connects to the next. What do you observe?
  2. Horeb is later called Mount Sinai. Compare Moses’ experience with Yahweh at Horeb while the Israelites were in captivity (Exodus 3:1-8) with Moses’ experience with Yahweh at Sinai after the Israelites were set free (Exodus 19:16-25). Consider how Yahweh seeks to save and protect his people in both instances. What do you notice?
  3. Notice how Yahweh is again depicted as a fire in Jerusalem (see Acts 2) and at the city’s fortress, Mount Zion (see Hebrews 12:18-29). How are these instances similar to and different from Moses’ encounter with Yahweh at the burning bush and at Mount Sinai? What do you observe?
  4. Contemplate other Bible passages where Yahweh meets his people in literal fires or “fiery trials.” Read Isaiah 43:1-3 and Daniel 3:21-27, as well as 1 Peter 4:11-13. How do these passages encourage you in the midst of suffering?
  5. How has God met you in the midst of your past suffering? Where do you currently sense a need for his rescue in your life?
  6. God told Moses he would deliver the oppressed, and he called Moses to join him (Exodus 3:9-10). But Moses was reluctant. Why do you think Moses responded in this way? How did God help Moses overcome this attitude (Exodus 4:11-16)? How does God want to work through you to support his people this week? What are your hesitations, and how do you think God would address those today?
  7. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Thank God for his rescuing power. Tell him where you need his rescuing power in your life. Ask for his help and seek him for new courage, wisdom, and creativity to advocate for the oppressed.
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