Small Group Outline 12.20.2015

Does God hear His people?

Exodus 2:23-3:15

Opening Question

  • Do you think God hears us when we call?
  • Do you think He listens and cares?

Read Exodus 2:23-3:15 (HCSB)

What happened before this in the story?

  • Moses grew up in Egypt.
  • He was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.
  • He got angry at an Egyptian and killed him because the Egyptian was abusing a Hebrew.
  • The next day, Moses became afraid and fled to Midian where he met his wife.

 

Did God hear the Israelites? Did He care?

  • Yes, Ex. 2:24 states that God heard their groaning.
    • God has all knowledge.
      • He knows what we see as past, present and future.
      • There was not a time when God was not aware of what was happening to His people in Egypt.
      • When the Israelites cried out for help, God knew.
    • Have you ever felt like God did not hear you or did not pay attention?
      • Leaders might share a personal story of when God seemed silent.
      • If God knows everything, it is literally impossible for Him not to know something.
        • There is nothing that we say or do that God is not aware of.
        • This means that God always hears our prayers.
          • He even hears us when we forget to pray.
        • When God doesn’t seem to answer, we can be confident that He has heard us.
      • Did God care about the Israelites?
        • 2:25 states that God took notice.
        • After He took notice, He acted.
        • Notice God’s timing.
          • The Israelites had been in captivity for 430 years (Ex. 12:41).
          • For some reason, God was waiting until this particular Pharaoh came to power, for Moses to be in Midian and for the Israelites to be in this specific set of circumstances.
        • Also notice God’s action.
          • He did not deal directly with the Israelites in Egypt, instead He spoke to Moses who was not in Egypt.
          • At this point, the Israelites in Egypt were unaware of God’s response to their cry for help.
        • What do you notice about God in this story?
          • He answers us in His timing and according to His plan.
            • This is comforting because God has all knowledge and is able to answer us and act at the perfect time.
          • We may not currently be aware of what God is doing to answer our prayers.
            • We don’t see the whole picture, so we trust God, who knows everything.
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