OVERVIEW OF SERIES
As you know, all great superheroes have fantastic “Origin Stories!” An Origin Story shows how they went from unknown to unforgettable! During this series, in addition to taking a deeper look at six great legendary heroes of the Old Testament, Pastor Greg will also show us another BIG TRUTH! God has wired every single one of US to be LEGENDARY as well! We just need to be faithful to OUR calling according to HIS purpose! This week, Pastor Greg teaches us all about Yocheved and the lessons we can learn from her to apply in our own lives.
Sheva (HEBREW) ~ Seven (ENGLISH)
Shavu’ah (HEBREW ~ Week (ENGLISH)
Shavu’ot (HEBREW) ~ Seven Weeks (ENGLISH)
Pentekostos (GREEK) ~ Pentecost/Fiftieth (ENGLISH)
45 Days After Feast of First Fruits and Leaving Egypt
The Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people may hear when I speak with you and may also believe in you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. The Lord also said to Moses, “Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their garments; and let them be ready for the third day, for on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.~ Exodus 19:9-11
So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder and lightning flashes and a thick cloud upon the mountain and a very loud trumpet sound, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. ~ Exodus 19:16-17
Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because the Lord descended upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently. When the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder. The Lord came down on Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain; and the Lord called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up. ~ Exodus 19:18-20
All the people perceived the thunder and the lightning flashes and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid; for God has come in order to test you, and in order that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” So the people stood at a distance, while Moses approached the thick cloud where God was. ~ Exodus 20:18-21
… God our Savior, … desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, ~ 1 Timothy 2:3b-5
Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. ~ Exodus 24:15-18
When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God. ~ Exodus 31:18
But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written! ~ Exodus 32:32
“Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight” … The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.” Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” ~ Exodus 33:13, 17-18
Yah + Kabad = Yochoved (The Glory of God)
Kabad (HEBREW) ~ Glory (ENGLISH)
glory, abundance, splendor, honor, soul.
I want to know Your ways so I may know You!
I want to see Your soul!
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. ~ Matthew 5:6
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: Exodus 3:1-6 and Exodus 19:1-20 and Exodus 20:1-21
1) Why do you think God chose to reveal Himself this way to the Israelites? How did He first reveal Himself to Moses? Was there a difference between the way God spoke to Moses and the way God spoke to Moses and the Israelites at Shavu’ot? What was that difference? Look carefully at both texts to see who is doing the speaking.
2) How did Moses react when he first encountered God’s voice at the burning bush? How is that similar to the way the Israelites react when they hear the voice of God
READ: 1 Timothy 2:1-5
1) Some theological viewpoints view the term “the elect” in Scripture to indicate that God has only predestined and chosen some individuals who will be saved and that He has predestined and chosen some individuals who will be lost. Unless you are predestined and chosen as one of these “elect” individuals it is impossible for you to become a follower of Jesus and be saved. Is that what this passage of Scripture says or does it say something different?
2) Some theological viewpoints put a human being, a priest/pastor in the position of being the mediator between the laity and God. Christians confess their sins not directly to God but are instead encouraged to go through a mediator, this priest/pastor on their behalf. Is that what this passage of Scripture says or does it say something different?
READ: Exodus 32:1-10
1) Pastor Greg referred to God’s covenant with Israel as a “marriage covenant” and referred to Israel’s sin of idolatry as them “cheating on God during the honeymoon.” Do you think that is an accurate comparison? Why or why not? Explain your reasoning with Scripture.
2) How does God react at first to this “great sin” of the Israelites? Do you think God is justified in feeling this way? Why or why not?
READ: Exodus 32:30-35 and 1 Peter 2:24 and 1 Peter 3:18
1) Moses tells the Israelites he is going to try to “make atonement for their sin.” What does this word, atonement, mean? How would you “make atonement” for something with another person?
2) How does Moses “make atonement” with God? Is it a “permanent solution?”
Note: Search www.Biblegateway.com for “atonement” in the Bible.