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Do you ever struggle with waiting? Maybe God has promised you something–something amazing, and yet it does not happen as swiftly as you expected. Instead, God calls you to wait.

The Bible teaches this waiting. Psalm 27:14 exhorts us to “wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 62:5 adds a prayer of the psalmist, “my soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”

But the waiting is hard. This passion weekend, I was reminded of the disciples waiting–they didn’t seem to believe that Jesus would rise from the dead from what we read in the gospels. They were, however, waiting–huddled together in the upper room, trying to make sense of the chaos and horror they witnessed–their teacher and beloved friend was tried, convicted and sentenced to death on the cross. They watched from afar off as He hung on the brutal torture rack of the Roman cross–dying a slow death of suffocation.

They had believed He was the Messiah–the one who would save them from the Roman oppression, and there He hung–a victim of that very oppression–innocen. What a horror it must have been for them! Their circumstances were over-whelming the promises they had been given. They couldn’t even hold them in focus. Fear ruled their hearts.

So it might be for you. God made a promise, but He is asking you to wait. The circumstances keep getting darker. But still He says, “wait.”

Fear not, Sunday’s coming and He will burst forth in glorious light from the darkness of the tomb–having conquered death and all that oppresses you. He is a risen Savior! He lives!

Wait a little longer . . .

It is sometimes said that Resurrection Sunday (Easter) is the most important of all Christian holidays. Why might that be the case?

The celebration of the resurrection of Jesus is really a celebration of the events of several days, namely the last supper, the arrest of Jesus, the trials (3) of Jesus, the torture and crucifixion of Jesus, His death, His burial and finally and most gloriously, His resurrection from the death.

Before we consider the arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, let us consider some of the vocabulary central to the discussion of Jesus’ death.

Look up the following words in a Bible dictionary or regular dictionary (or on http://www.dictionary.com) and record the meanin. After you record the dictionary definition, look up the key scriptures using the term to see what, if anything, new you learn.

1. Atonement
 Dictionary definition:

 Leviticus 17:11

2. Redemption
 Dictionary definition:

 Psalm 49:8, 15

 Lamentations 3:58

 Galatians 3:13

 Titus 2:14

 Hebrews 9:12

 Revelation 5:9

3. Sin
 Dictionary definition:

 Psalm 32:1

 John 1:29

 John 8:34

 Romans 3:20

 James 1:15

 1 John 1:8

4. Propitiation
 Dictionary definition:

 Romans 3:25

 1 John 2:2

5. Holy
 Dictionary definition:

 Romans 7:12

6. Sacrifice
 Dictionary definition:

 Hebrews 10:4-10

The Lamb

The Lamb

At the cross, I was bought and sold,
there my redemption paid.

The currency was blood
a debt I couldn’t pay.

and “Why,” you ask, “Would God
who made the universe agree
to shed one drop of royal blood
to save a wreck like me?

He saw not what I was
awash in sin and death
the mud caked in my coat
the stench of death, my breath

My Savior came
God’s plan to bring
He saw me as I’d be
just as if I’d never sinned
without blame before my King

Gifts He gives, both great and small
the blood is still the best
my Savior’s blood my soul redeemed
from Satan’s bony grasp

You may wonder why choose me
the beauty of God’s plan
is not just this lost sheep t’was saved
but all that come–each man

The door’s wide open, my sweet friend
eternity to gain
He’s the One who bears the marks
He’s the lamb t’was slain

(2003, revised 2016)

If you  missed our first post on the book of Exodus, check out Exodus – An Introduction.

Read Exodus 6
1. What does God foretell about Pharaoh in Exodus 6:1?

2. What does God command Moses to tell the children of Israel in Exodus 6:6-8? What is their response?

3. How long did Levi live? Who where his sons? Who is Moses father? Mother? Brother? Sister?

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If you  missed our first post on the book of Exodus, check out Exodus – An Introduction.

Read Exodus 5
1.  Copy Pharaoh’s response in Exodus 5:2 to Moses and Aaron’s request that Pharaoh let the Israelites go here.

2. What punishment/additional work does Pharaoh lay on the people after Moses’ request?

3. What happens in Exodus 5:16-17, 20-21 and 22-23?

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Read Exodus 4
1. What three signs does God show Moses that he can use with the Israelites?

2. What excuse does Moses give in Exodus 4:10? How does God respond? What solution does God give?

3. What does God tell Moses about Pharaoh and how he will respond to the signs that Moses will do?

4. Summarize what happens in Exodus 4:24-26.

5. What was the initial reaction of the children of Israel when they heard that Moses had come from the LORD and God had looked on their affliction?

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Read Exodus 3
1. Summarize what happens in verses 1-10. (You may want to use the questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? to help you focus on the action and characters.)

2. How does God identify Himself in Genesis 3:5? What is Moses’ reaction?

NOTE: The name for God in the Hebrew here is “Jehovah.” It is sometimes translated “Yahweh.” The meaning is the same with either translation. It means “I AM.”

3. What does God say about why He has come? Why is He talking to Moses?

4. What are the two questions Moses has for God in Exodus 3:11 to 15? How does God answer them?

5. What is your general impression of Moses after reading the first three chapters of Exodus?

6. What do you learn from the following verses about the people God speaks to and uses?
□ Psalm 8:2

□ Matthew 11:25

□ 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

7. Moses had questions for God. Maybe you have questions too. Maybe it is hard for you to understand why God has allowed certain difficulties, trials and temptations to come into your life. What questions do you have for God? Commit some time in prayer to lay these questions before God, knowing that He is in control and loves you very much. From the story of Moses, we see that God is long-suffering with us, with our fears and frailties. He longs for us to rest in His arms, but He is faithful to help us make our way even if we come with our many questions and doubts.