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Close Encounters of the Divine Kind

Close Encounters of the Divine Kind

Exodus 3:1-17

The Set Up

                                             Exodus 3:1-2

Truth: The Angel of the Lord is different from other angels in the Old Testament. This is God Himself (pre-incarnate Christ). Two prior examples of His appearing are Genesis 16:9-16 and 22:11-18. Note: The terms translated “angel” are malak (OT) and angelos (NT). It is the Greek term from which we get the term “angel.” Both of these terms mean “messenger.”

1.How do we know that these previous encounters were with God and not simply an angel?

2.What did the Angel of the Lord do or establish in these previous texts?

The Initial Encounter
Exodus 3:3-6

Truth: God manifests Himself in a unique way.  We have no previous account of this kind of appearance.

1.  What makes this holy ground?

2.  What is holy ground now and what makes it so?

3.  Why was Moses afraid to look upon God?

4.  How are we like Moses and how are we different?

5.  Why did God reference Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

6.  How is our heritage of faith important to our present and future?

The Mission
Exodus 3:7-12

Truth: God gives Moses an enormous task.  It is easy for people to look at the task and assume that they are not up to it.  This does not take into account the grace and power of God.

1.  What tasks has God given us and how do they compare to the one He gave Moses?

2.  Why does God’s work at times seem too difficult or impossible?

3.  Does God send people to do things they are unable to do?

4.  Do you ask God, “Who am I to do this?”  Why?

5.  How does God answer Moses and what does that say to us?

I Am
Exodus 3:13-17

Truth: God calls Himself this name (Yahweh: I Am).  This name is associated with deliverance.  He had another name (Elohim: God).  Here He wants this name (translated “The Lord) to be one they identify as their deliverer.  Jesus uses “I am that I am” in several phrases in the Gospel of John.

1.  What role did Moses play in their deliverance from Egypt and what role did God play?

2.  What is the significance of the name God gives Himself?

3.  What is Jesus claiming to be the deliverer from or to in these passages . .

  John 6:35, 41, 48, 51 -

  John 8:12 -

  John 10:7, 9 -

  John 10:11, 14 -

  John 11:25

  John 14:6

  John 15:1, 5 -

4.  By using this term (I am that I am), who is Jesus claiming to be?

5.  What does all this mean to us?

 

 

 

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