June 30, 2019

Crossing Chaos

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” —Exodus 14:13-14
Accompanying Sermon

In Retrospect

  • Who was affected by the last plague? Who wasn’t?
  • Discuss the purpose of the Passover.

Community Reading

Exodus 13–14

Begin Study

There are those moments in our lives where we stand at the threshold of chaos, when all alternatives seem ruinous. The Greeks gave us an idiom capturing these dreadful moments. They would say “caught between Scylla and Charybdis” which refers to the poet Homer’s two sea monsters known for crushing vessels that attempted to travel between them. We might say “caught between a rock and a hard place,” but this phrase doesn’t seem to capture the intensity. Sometimes there is no escape, but ultimately, we who serve the God of the Exodus have been given a vision of what true rescue can be. He went before Israel, and He goes before us in the person and work of our King.  

Review Questions

  • Describe a time when you felt stuck between two bad options. What did you do? How did it resolve?  
  • Memorials are important. In Exodus 13:3-16, Moses uses an identical phrase four times. What is it and what is this section calling the Israelites to do?  
  • In Exodus 13:8 and 13:16 there is an ongoing “sign” and “mark” that was to help memory extend beyond the feast. Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9. What marks or signs could you use to remember every day that you were saved by grace through faith in our God?  
  • Throughout the first half of Exodus we read of the “hardness” of Pharaoh’s heart. Read through the following “hardening” passages and determine “who” is hardening, and “when” the hardening is taking place: Exodus 7:3, 13-14, 22; Exodus 8:19, 32; Exodus 9:7, 12, 35; Exodus 10:1, 20, 27; Exodus 11:10; Exodus 14:4, 8.  
  • In light of how Exodus begins, is Pharaoh a good guy? Why/why not? How are God’s sovereignty and Pharaoh’s human will operating in tandem? How many times was Pharaoh given the opportunity to change his mind?
  • Have you ever had someone fight a battle on your behalf at work, school or at home? How did you react and why?
  • Read Exodus 14:15-16. What is the LORD’s tone with Moses? What was His expectation of Moses? Was Moses empowered? Did he believe it? Now read Exodus 7:1.  
  • God’s salvation of the Israelites is met with a song. It celebrates His rescue and it looks forward. Read Exodus 15:1-18. How does this song apply to you?
  • Read Colossians 1:13-14. Do you ever look back to your own conversion? Your baptism? How can you memorialize it and make it a key part of your story?


God brings His chosen people out of slavery under evil regimes through chaotic waters and into the land of His promise. Where do you find yourself on this journey? Talk about it. Do you still feel like a slave? Are you on the edge of chaotic waters? Or, are you singing the glories of the One who brings you into the promised land? Our King has invited you out of the darkness and into His glorious light.

If you haven’t been baptized, now is the time. Maybe someone you know needs to experience being rescued through the chaotic waters. If you have been baptized, encourage somebody else that now is the time.