Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Exodus 1: Evil Plans, Courageous Resistance / TBC Men's Study 2016-2017 / Exodus: God Rescues His People.

Exodus 1: Evil Plans, Courageous Resistance
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2016-2017 Tulsa Bible Church Men’s Bible Study –

For further consideration:
ID: Inductive Questions (Asking the text questions like who, what, where, when, why, & how?”)
CR: Cross References (Comparing Scripture to Scripture, understanding the vague by the clear.)
WS: Word Study (Understanding definition, theological meaning, and usages in other passages.)

1. CR   By one count, the New Testament writers quote from or allude to Exodus more than fifty times.  Several of those are from Stephen’s sermon in Acts seven.  Read Acts 7:17-44 to get the “Cliff Notes” for the story of the exodus.  What was the point of Stephen’s sermon (7:51-53)?  Does that have any application for us today in this Bible study?
2. ID (1:19)  Have you ever heard of anyone named Shiphrah or Puah?  There is sometimes much made over whether the midwives lied to Pharaoh.  R Alen Cole, in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary on Exodus, makes this observation about the midwives. 
“We are not told whether the midwives were lying, or whether the quick delivery of ‘Hebrew’ babies was a biological fact. Arabian parallels are quoted by Driver, but Rachel certainly had a hard delivery (Gen. 35:16). Even if they lied, it is not for their deceit that they are commended, but for their refusal to take infant lives, God’s gift. Their reverence for life sprang from reverence for God, the life-giver (Exod. 20:12, 13), and for this they were rewarded with families. The relevance of this to modern controversy about abortion should be carefully pondered.”[1]

3.  WS (1:17, 21)  What was the Hebrew word for fear that described the mid-wives’ motivation to disobey the pharaoh?  (Note its use in other passages in Exodus.  3:6; 9:30; 14:10, 13, 31; 15:11; 20:20; 34: 10, 30 )

Driver Exodus by S. R. Driver, 1911.
[1] R. Alan Cole, Exodus: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. 2, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1973), 62.

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