When God Comes Calling
Passage: Exodus 3:1–3:12
Community Group Questions: Exodus 3:1-12 - "When God Comes Calling"
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- Read Exodus 3:1-12 as a group. Share with your group the last situation you found yourself in (maybe it’s ongoing), where you felt unqualified or unprepared. How did you respond? Did you find that it was a spiritual catalyst for you, or a spiritual detractor?
- God’s calling of Moses in chapter 3 comes after Moses has been exiled and living as a shepherd in a foreign land for 40 years. What does this unexpected calling of Moses tell us about God’s timing? His sovereignty?
Sometimes we voluntarily step into a calling. Sometimes God invites us into a calling. God always equips those He calls. And He often does it through a series of steps…
- We find in verses 1-6 that God initiates His calling of Moses, taking the first step. Why do you think it’s so important that God initiates these types of callings (difficult callings are rarely inviting callings), as He equips us to serve Him? How can we differentiate between a calling from the Lord and a personal agenda that we may want to pursue?
- Moses’ response at the end of verse 6 is a sense of being overwhelmed, as he is face to face with God’s holiness. Elsewhere in Scripture, we find similar examples (see Jacob in Genesis 32, Elijah in 1 Kings 19, and Isaiah in Isaiah 6). What role does humility play in God’s calling and equipping of us? How can we keep our awareness of our own insufficiency from immobilizing us for God’s purposes?
- In verses 7-10, God assures Moses of two things: 1) that He has a plan, and 2) that Moses is the central piece to His plan. Yet we also discover that God’s response has been initiated because He has heard the cries of His people and He has seen their suffering. In other words, it’s their slavery and bondage that has moved the hand of God to send the rescuer. Where do you see the Gospel played out in this story? (Re-read Galatians 4:4-7 and Romans 5:6-8, and find the Gospel overlap in this account of the burning bush).
- In verses 11 and 12, Moses’ uncertainty is fully manifested. God responds by promising Moses that He will accompany him in this difficult calling. Can you think of other examples from Scripture where God makes a similar promise of His presence (see Joshua in Joshua 1, Gideon in Judges 6, and Jesus in Matthew 28:20)? How have you personally experienced this promise of God’s presence in your life during a difficult calling? Are you in a season right now that you need this same promise? If so, take time to share with your group specifically how they can pray for you through this season.