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Part 2: The Calling and the Promise

Part 2: The Calling and the Promise

Series: Exodus: The God Who Relentlessly Pursues

Key Passage: Exodus 3:14-17

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

Talk about a time when you felt like you really should do something, but instead came up with excuses to avoid it.  What happened?  What could have happened if you actually did it instead?

What are your “go to” excuses when you don’t want to do something you are asked to do?  (don’t have time, family responsibilities, not ready to take that on, not interested, etc.)  

What are your favorite stories in the book of Exodus?


Read through  Exodus 3:1 - 4:17 Together  

Discuss each of Moses’ five excuses and God’s responses.  Which of Moses’ excuses most resonate with you?

I’m not good enough    (Ex 3:11)

I don’t have it all figured out (Ex 3:13)

People won’t believe me.  (Ex 4:1)

I don’t have the required skills.   (Ex 4:10)

I’m not qualified.  (Ex 4:13)

Read through Exodus 5:1-10 Together 

By what authority does Moses ask Pharaoh to allow the Israelites to go to worship their God? By what authority does Pharaoh make his decrees? What does Pharaoh’s response to Moses’ request reveal about Pharaoh’s character?

Moses’ appeal to Pharaoh produces a disastrous result: the intensification of Israel’s hardship and affliction. What did God tell Moses in 3:19 that should have prepared him for Pharaoh’s answer? In light of question 1 above, what might be God’s purpose for this?

In Exodus 5:15-23, the Israelites began to grumble after Pharaoh not only forbid them to leave, but also made their forced labor even harder. As we will see later in our series, such grumbling becomes a major theme of the entire book of Exodus and a characteristic of the people of Israel thereafter. If we are honest with ourselves, we too are prone to grumble in difficult situations. In what ways can our confidence in the Lord be revitalized through meditating on a passage such as this?


What purpose does the burning bush “scene” in the life of Moses serve? How does it look back to what has already occurred and prepare us for what is to come?

How should Moses have responded to God’s statements in Exodus 3:10? How would you have responded?  What does his actual response reveal?

Summarize God’s words to Moses in chapter 3 in one sentence. What is the main point He expresses to Moses?

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?


Have you ever thought or said, “If God would just tell me explicitly what to do, I would do it”? How does the story of Moses and the burning bush challenge that statement? Why do we still hesitate to obey, even when the will of God is clear?

What might God have called you to pursue and/or    take on that you have made excuses to avoid?

Which of the five excuses that Moses gave in response to God’s call most resonated with you?

Identify a time when you were obedient in response to something you knew God wanted you to do and it didn’t go well.   

God’s first call on our lives is always into relationship.  How have you responded to that call?