Passage: Exodus 7:14– 11:10
Community Group Questions: Exodus 7:14-11:10 - "God Wins"
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Take time to read Exodus 7:14-11:10 aloud as a group in one setting. Divide up the reading: go around the circle and have various members read each of the plagues, one by one.
- After hearing the longer passage read aloud, what initial impressions came to mind for you? What central message was God communicating through the overwhelming impact of these 10 plagues?
- The Egyptians were pantheists – they believed that various gods inhabited the natural world around them. Behind the Nile river was the god Hapi. The goddess of fertility, giving life to new borns, was Heqet, represented with the body of a woman but the head of a frog. Numerous Egyptian gods were depicted with cow-like features. They worshiped the bull Apis. Hathor, the goddess of motherhood, was represented with the head of a cow. There was Seth, the storm god, and Min, the god of the harvest. The sun god Amon Ra was considered to be the supreme deity in the pantheon of gods, and Pharaoh himself was considered to be the son of Ra, a human embodiment of the gods. In light of this pantheistic worldview, what was God communicating to the Egyptians through these various plagues?
- What false gods do we tend to worship in our culture today? Which ones are most prominent and most enticing for people you know? How do each of these so-called gods compare to the power and beauty of the one true God who reveals himself in Scripture?
- John Calvin once said that the human heart is an “idol factory” that constantly produces false gods that vie for our affection. Do you agree? How do the plague accounts help us deal with the power struggle we feel in our hearts between God and competing allegiances?
- How does the final plague, the death of the firstborn, point us not only to God’s power, but also to his great love? Why is God’s loving power so different than the raw power of competing idols?
Prayer suggestion: Spend time in repentance together. Confess to the Lord what idols you are tempted to serve. Use Colossians 3:5-9 as a guide for your prayer of confession. Then, praise God for his awesome power, and his supreme love that is demonstrated to us in Christ. Commit your affections, time, and devotion to him afresh.