“The Bible is a unity.
That is, perhaps, the most amazing
of all the amazing things that are true of it.
Sixty-six separate units.
Written over one thousand years
by people who worked, for the most part, independently of one another…
and yet it has an organic wholeness that is simply stunning.”
D. A. Carson from his book:
(The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament)
We’ve seen Jesus in Genesis, and then again in the Song of Songs.
This week we will see His gospel foreshadowed in Exodus 14.
We will also consider how we have seen Him move in our lives
when we applied the principle of Exodus 14,
a principle we need to apply every day of our lives!
Giving up control and trusting God will be a lifelong battle for me,
but indeed, I HAVE seen Him fight for me when I
“stand still and see what He will do.”
It isn’t enough to stop my sin,
I must trust that God will move.
For example, I have to stop running to the pantry,
and start telling my soul:
“Be still, endure this temporary pain, and see what God will do.”
In doing that, I lost the weight I gained in my grief of losing Steve,
and recovered so much joy.
Another example: I have to stop manipulating my adult children
I turn over the reins to Him and see what He will do.
In doing that, I am seeing God move,
and recovering the joy of sweet fellowship with my children.
My children want to be with me now,
so that helps their children be together and become friends.
As I watched two of my daughter’s daughters running on the rocks
in front of the cottage, I thanked God with my whole heart for doing what I
could not do:
bringing peace and harmony to my family.
Will He always work the way we hope He will?
No, for He is mysterious.
This last Friday, a furious storm came to our bay.
When I saw how high the waves were getting,
I feared my son-in-law’s boat
would be lifted from the lift.
I prayed it would not be.
But indeed, it was.
The next morning his boat was under water,
my canoe was bent in two and stuck in my neighbor’s dock,
my pier was split in two,
and my boat lift listed, broken, in the water.
I looked at the wreckage and indeed, was sad.
But I know God is the Lord of the storm
and He will do all things well in His time.
Though this was nothing compared to losing Steve,
I did sing Be Still My Soul throughout the day
thankful to be able to tell those truths to my anxious soul:
Be still my soul, The Lord is on your side…
1. What stands out to you from the above and why?
2. What do you need to let go and watch and see what God will do?
Monday-Wednesday: Exodus 14
3. Read Exodus 14 slowly and share anything that jumps out at you and explain why.
4. Describe the scene and why it might have produced fear in the Israelites. (vs. 6-10)
5. What are you fearful of now in your life? How could you speak to your soul?
My dear editor, Elisa Morgan Fryling, who is facing a hurricane storm right now in her life, introduced me to Leigh Nash, who sings contemporary versions of the old hymns. Here is her version of Be Still My Soul:
6. Describe the dialogue between the people and Moses in verses 11-14.
7. Describe a “God hunt” time when you stopped fretting, controlling, or sinning and put your faith in God and saw Him fight for you.
8. Describe all the miracles the Israelites witnessed in verses 19-30.
9. Challenge Question: How is this a picture of the gospel?
10. The gospel not only can save from the penalty of sin, but also the power of sin. Where do you need to trust so you may be saved from the power of sin? How will you put this into practice today?
Thursday-Friday: Keller on Exodus 14 – Classic Keller!
11. Share your notes and comments.
12. Share any God hunts from the week.
13. What is your take-a-way and why?