Sermon Discussion: 7-7-24

Discussion Guide | Exodus 16:1-17:7 | Part 7

Gathering Question
How does the idea of freedom from Egypt compare to the idea of freedom in America today? Is there a connection in your mind this Holiday weekend?

Gathering Prayer
Lord, thank you for guiding us throughout our days and for your grace in the midst of our grumbling. Give us wisdom to see your plan and patience in the process.

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

Read: Exodus 16:1-5

  • How had God provided thus far in the lives of the Israelites?
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the Israelites. How would you feel leaving such a prosperous, comfortable place as Elim just to travel through a barren desert? Would you find it difficult to trust that was the best option?

Read: Exodus 16:11-16a

  • What is the source of the Israelites’ grumbling?
  • What do you notice about the Lord’s response? What emotion is conveyed in the way he responds?

Read: Exodus 16:19-20, 27-30

  • What do God’s instructions to the Israelites convey about his plan for them?
  • Why do the people disobey God’s instructions anyway?

Read: Exodus 17:1-7

  • Why did the Israelites wonder if God was with them or not?
  • What situations have caused you to wonder the same thing?

Connecting the Dots in the Bible

  • Jesus is the Bread of Life:
    • Read John 6:28b-35.
    • Consider what Jesus is talking about in this passage. How does Jesus being the Bread of Life compare and contrast with the manna the Israelites received? What ramifications does that have for our lives?
  • Our Daily Bread:
    • Read Matthew 6:9-13
    • How does Jesus’ prayer for daily bread help us understand the lesson of Exodus 16?

Put Into Practice

  • Are you a long-term planner or do you take life as it comes? Based on your answer, what might it look like for you to trust God more in your circumstances?

Closing Prayer