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.
Amram married his father’s sister Yocheved, and she bore him Aaron and Moses; and the length of Amram’s life was one hundred and thirty-seven years. ~ Exodus 6:20
The name of Amram’s wife was Yocheved, the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt; and she bore to Amram: Aaron and Moses and their sister Miriam. ~ Number 26:59
Yocheved: (Yahweh + Kabad)
“the Lord is glory” or “the Lord is honored” or “the glory of God.”
HEBREW ORAL TRADITION WRITINGS
Mishnah: “teaching by repetition”
Midrash: (a particular school within the Mishnah)
(derived from ‘lidrosh – “to search”) – “study” or “interpretation”
Talmud: (Mishnah + Gemara) – “learn” or “instruction”
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. ~ Exodus 2:1-4
Miriam: “bitter” or “rebellion”
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?” Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. ~ Exodus 2:5-9
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. ~ Hebrews 11:23
The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.” ~ Exodus 2:10
Moshe (Moses): “to pull out or to draw out from the water”
Bityāh: “Daughter of God”
WHAT MADE YOCHEVED A LEGENDARY HERO OF THE FAITH?
1) She had a faith based relationship with God.
2) She obeyed God rather than men.
3) She trusted God for the “impossible.”
The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.~ Luke 18:26
What is your impossible situation? HOW WILL YOU SOLVE IT?
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1) Pastor Greg finished his message by asking each of us what “impossible situation” we are facing. Are you facing an “impossible situation” right now? Have you faced an “impossible situation” in the past? Can you share it with the group? What happened? Did God solve your situation for you? Why or why not?
2) When we are faced with “difficult” or “impossible” situations what kind of advice do well-meaning friends typically give us? What’s wrong with the “standard” answers to these kinds of problems? What should we really do instead? How should we respond?
READ: Luke 18:18-30
1) Jesus told the rich young ruler he needed to do two things. What were they? What was his response and why? How were these two things related for the rich young ruler, why did Jesus group them together in one sentence?
2) How is the rich young ruler’s refusal to give up his possessions related to trusting God to solve impossible situations?
3) Does Jesus’ command apply to all Christians? Do we all have to sell everything we possess and give it away to the poor or did that just apply to his specific situation? Explain your answer.
4) Assuming we don’t all have to sell everything we have and give it away to the poor, how does this scripture apply to us? Is there anything in your life God is calling you to give up or give away or do?
READ: Exodus 2:1-10 and Luke 17:33
1) Yocheved was faced with a (somewhat) similar situation to the rich young ruler. She possessed something that was going to prevent her people’s deliverance from slavery and the only way to gain something she had to give up what she treasured most to God. What was it?
2) What would have likely happened if, instead of trusting God for the impossible, she would have kept trying to hide baby Moses for a longer period of time?
3) When you are facing an impossible situation like Yocheved, or a seemingly impossible request from God like the rich young ruler was, what is the best course of action for you to take to reach the best resolution? Does anything ever prevent you from making that better choice? If so, what? How can you adapt in the future to more consistently make the better choice?