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Review Exodus 14

1. What is the second thing Moses tells the people to do in Exodus 14:13?

2. What do you learn from 2 Chronicles 20:17 about standing still?

3. What does Moses say that God will do in Exodus 14:14?

4. What other things does God promise in Exodus 14:16-17?

5. What purpose does God identify for what He is doing in Exodus 14:18?

6. As you read the balance of the chapter, consider how God kept His promise. Consider that He also was in control of all the players and the forces of nature involved. Write out Exodus 14:30. Mediate on it. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. Summarize the battle strategy carried out in Exodus 14.

8. What further information do you learn regarding these events at the Red Sea in Hebrews 11:29?

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Battle Strategies Out of the Hebrew Bible

The children of Israel were engaged in many battles, and when they were doing things right (following God and keeping their hearts pure before Him), the strategies were effective 100% of the time. God uses a variety of battle plans and strategies, almost appearing to loathe repeating Himself.

Crossing the Red Sea
A favorite story in the book of Exodus is when the children of Israel are crossing the Red Sea which is found in Exodus chapter 14.

In the prior chapters, Pharaoh hardened his heart against Israel in response to the various plagues God visited on Egypt. Even after the last plague, the death of all the firstborn of Egypt, as he watches the children of Israel leave, Pharaoh has a change of heart, regretting his decision to let them go, and wants to chase after them and bring them back.

In the opening verses of Chapter 14, the tension is building: it is the Egyptian chase scene. Pharaoh and the Egyptian army have come to hunt down the children of Israel. The Israelites are petrified with fear. They cry out to God, but then they turn on Moses, saying “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?’ For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” Exodus 14:11-12.

Read Exodus 14
1. Where does the LORD tell them to camp at the beginning of Exodus 14? Why?

2. What does God say He will do in Exodus 14:4? Why?

3. What do you learn from Exodus 14:8?

4. What happens to the children of Israel according to Exodus 14:10?

5. What do the children of Israel say to Moses according to exodus 14:11-12?

6. Have you ever had a similar conversation with the LORD when you were facing a battle or struggle? Explain.

7. In Exodus 14:13-14, Moses lays out the battle strategy. Copy Exodus 14:13-14 here.

8. What is the first thing that Moses tells them to do in Exodus 14:13?

9. What do you learn from the following verses?
Deuteronomy 7:18

Deuteronomy 31:6

Isaiah 41:10

Luke 12:32

10. What do you learn about fear from 1 John 4:18?

11. How can fear factor into spiritual warfare?

12. What do these verses teach about why we don’t need to fear?
Psalm 46:1-3

Psalm 56:3-13

Isaiah 43:1

13. What do you learn from Psalm 78:52-53 about how God dealt with the fear that his people felt?

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Knowing your enemy can give you the edge in battle. It is not nearly as important as knowing the about the battle, knowing the battle plan of your commander, understanding what weapons you will be using and who your allies in the fight are. Every piece of information can assist us in battle.

What do you learn about the battle from the following verses?
2 Chronicles 20:15

Deuteronomy 20:1

Deuteronomy 20:4

Psalm 18:39

Proverbs 21:31

Isaiah 41:10-13

2 Timothy 2:3-5

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Read Isaiah Chapter 14:12-17

  1. Who is being spoken of in Isaiah 14:12-17? How do you know?
  2. What names are given to him in Isaiah 14:12?
  3. What caused him to fall according to Isaiah 14:13-14?
  4. What is his future according to Isaiah 14:15?
  5. How will he be seen in the future according to Isaiah 14:16-17
  6. Summarize what you learn about the enemy from these verses. How does this help you in your understanding of spiritual warfare?

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Read Job Chapter 1

  1. How is Job described in verse 1?
  2. Why is the description of Job important to understanding spiritual warfare?
  3. In Job 1:6, the scene changes. Where is this new scene taking place? Who is present?
  4. What does “Satan” mean? Look it up in a dictionary or dictionary.com. Record what you find.
  5. What do you learn about Satan from the following verses?
    1 Chronicles 21:1 Isaiah 14:12-15 Luke 22:3, 31 2 Corinthians 11:14 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Revelation 12:9 Revelation 20:2, 7
  6. Upon review of the above verses, what observations about Satan can you make?
  7. What other names does he go by? (Hint: Isaiah 14:12, James 4:7, Revelations 12:3)
  8. What does God say about Job in Job 1:8?
  9. What does Satan respond to God’s statements about Job in verses 9-10?
  10. What authority does God give Satan regarding Job?
  11. What does it mean if God has to give Satan permission to touch Job?
  12. What do you learn about the Sovereignty of God from the following verses?
    1 Chronicles 29:11-12 Psalm 47:2 Psalm 83:18 Psalm 103:19
  13. What happened to Job according to verses 13-19?
  14. Would you consider what happened to Job to be spiritual warfare? Why or why not? Give support from scripture if you can.
  15. Copy Job’s response to this news from Job 1:20-21 here.
  16. Is Job’s response similar or different from your response to spiritual warfare? Explain.
  17. What do you learn from Job 1:22? How was that possible for Job?

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And take the helmet of salvation. Ephesians 6:17a

Salvation changes our head–it changes the way we think.

When we consider salvation, we know that a person has to be born again. (See John 3:3) With that, the Bible teaches that “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18. We also know that as we live a life with God here on earth, we are renewed in our mind. (See Romans 12:2) Our minds do not stay the same.

Perhaps a helpful picture of the helmet in use is found in 2 Corinthians 10:5 where we read, “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” It is in disciplining our thoughts that we realize the work of the helmet of salvation.

It is our salvation, our relationship with God through Messiah, made possible by the blood shed on the cross, the empty tomb, and the Spirit poured out on the believing heart that enables us to discipline our thoughts, to take our thoughts captive and to make them obey Christ. God keeps us, but we need participate in guarding our thoughts and hearts–our minds.

The helmet of our salvation protects our thoughts–it gives us a new way of viewing the world, our situation, our future. The helmet protects our mind–it allows us to put aside anxiety, worry, grief, and any manner of thought patterns that might entrap us and rob us of the peace we were promised.

 

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Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16

“Lift up”reminds us that it is a choice to pick up the armor. We must daily choose to believe the God is who He says He is, has done what He said and will do what He promised to do.

Where does this faith come from? Are we responsible to summoning it up? The Bible teaches that faith comes by hearing and hearing from the Word of God. It is the systematic, verse-by-verse study of the Bible that builds and increases faith.

Within the verse we are given information about our enemy, namely that he wants to turn up the heat. He will be attacking us with flaming arrow intended to catch fire and burn us.

Before a battle, the Roman soldiers would soak their shields in water to reduce the risk of fire when the enemy soldiers shot at them with flaming arrows soaked with pitch or other flammable material. Not unlike those solider, our enemy wants to consume our faith with the fire of destruction and leave us without protection. But we can soak our shields in the water of the Word of God and make it much less likely that we will catch fire when the enemy shoots us with his arrows.

Faith in God is like a shield. It protects our vital organs, keeping us alive that we might stand until the end of the battle.

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