The Victory of God
Topic: Expository Scripture: Exodus 14:1–15:21
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, December 7, 2018 sermon.
Introduction - God had confronted Pharaoh through Moses, sent plagues on Egypt, and finally brought Israel out of Egypt. But God wasn’t finished yet. He planned to utterly defeat the great superpower of Egypt and thus show his glory to the world. And he so he led Israel and Egypt to the Red Sea and parted the waters. Both Israel and Egypt would enter the Sea, but only one would come out the other side. The Rea Sea crossing highlights God’s triumph over his enemies. And it reminds us both of the victory that Jesus won for us through his death and resurrection, and of the ultimate victory he will bring when he returns.
READ Exodus 14:1-31
1. How did God orchestrate the events of the Red Sea crossing? What was God’s purpose? (14:1-4 and 15-18)
Application - God works all things for his glory and our ultimate good. Is there a situation you’re facing now where you need to focus on glorifying God? What would that look like in your situation? Maybe ask your fellow life group members to help you think it through.
2. How do the Israelites respond to the Egyptian pursuit? (14:10-14). Do you find their reaction surprising or not?
3. What result did the Red Sea crossing have for Israel? (14:31)
Application - How is your faith in the Lord today? Are you confident and trusting, or struggling with doubt in some area? Share it with your life group and pray for one another and encourage one another!
READ Exodus 15:1-21
3. The Song of Moses (15:1-18) celebrates and interprets the events of chapter 14. Based on the song of Moses, what are some of the main lessons about God that we should learn from the Red Sea crossing?
Gospel Connection - How is Jesus’ death and resurrection our victory? From which enemies has he saved us?
Application - In one sense the victory is already won in Christ. And yet in another sense, we still wait to see Satan, sin, death and the world forever wiped out. How do we hold onto our faith in Christ while waiting for his return and final victory?