You know the person in the car in front of you. The last thing you heard them say before they closed their door was, “Follow me.” It wasn’t a hard decision because you don’t know where you are going, and they do. Even though the Israelites in the early chapters of Exodus aren’t in cars, they are still unsure where they are going. Should they follow the one leading . . . or not?
To Think About:
- Read Exodus 7:1-6. What a plan! What did God expect Moses and Aaron to do? What did God expect Pharaoh to do? What did God expect the Israelites to do? In each of those cases, did they have a choice whether to follow God or not?
- Look over the events of Exodus 7:14-10:29. Which plagues would terrify you the most and why?
- In your own words, describe what the Israelites were to do in preparation for God ‘passing over’ all of their homes at midnight. (See Exodus 11-12).
- What made it easier for the Israelites to follow what God said than it did for Pharaoh? In what ways is your obedience to God more like Pharaoh than the Israelites that night?
To Live Out:
In Exodus 14, the Israelites are free, but their trip is quickly over. In front of them is water. Without boats, there is no going forward. Yet, God, through Moses, says, “Follow me.” In verses 21-22, the waters separate, and the people move forward on dry ground. Your day or week may find you standing on the water’s edge. As you contemplate whether or not to follow God, remember the Israelites and Pharaoh.
To Pray About:
- For the times God has safely taken you from one point in your life to another, thank him.
- For the times you need God to guide you from one scary place to an uncertain place, ask him.
- For the power God has shown throughout history and your life, praise him.