Sunday Bible Studies at First Baptist Church of Pine

Leader – Angus MacFarlane

DAILY BIBLE READINGS

(September 9 through September 15)

Mon. Striking a Fair Balance—2 Corinthians 8:9-15.

Tue. One Body of Believers—1 Corinthians 12:18-26.

Wed. The Lord Responds to Complaints—Exodus 16:9-12.

Thu. Conducting Daily Family Duties—Exodus 16:16-21.

Fri. Observing the Sabbath Day—Exodus 16:22-30.

Sat. Symbols of Remembrance—Exodus 16:31-36.

Sun. God Provides for the People—Exodus 16:1-8, 13-15.
 
Faith During Uncertainty
 
The historical context of Exodus 16 is the Israelites’ successful crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of the Egyptians (Exod. 13:17–14:31). Readers learn that the God of Israel brought salvation to His people by delivering them from slavery in Egypt. But Pharaoh’s heart became hardened once again after the Israelites had departed. In response, his army blazed a trail across the desert in pursuit of the former slaves. Then, as the Egyptians followed the Israelites into the Red Sea, God intervened in a miraculous way, inundating the Egyptian chariots. After witnessing this awe-inspiring display of the Creator’s power, Moses and his Israelite peers sang a hymn of praise to the Lord (15:1-21). They extolled God for His great strength and majestic power. He alone, not the Israelites, was responsible for the destruction of the Egyptian army’s horses and riders. Likewise, only the Lord received credit for the timely deliverance of His people. For this reason, He was worthy to receive their expressions of adoration—but that gratitude faded as their hunger increased.
 
Faith During Uncertainty
 

1. What things does society try to convince you that you

need, but you really don’t?

2. What would you say are your basic daily needs?

3. Does the Lord provide these for you? Explain your answer.
 
The Israelites’ Grumbling
 

4. What was outrageous about the Israelites’ grumbling?

5. What prompted the Israelites’ to target Moses and Aaron

with their complaints?
 
The Lord’s Response
 

6. How did God respond to the Israelites’ grumbling?

7. What intent did God have in mind in providing daily

sustenance for His people?

8. How would the Israelites recognize from the Lord’s

response that He redeemed them from Egypt?
 
The Provision of Quail and Manna
 

9. What different phenomena greeted the Israelites in the

evening and morning, respectively?

10. How did the Israelites respond to the Lord’s provision?
 
God’s Provision
 

11. What is the difference between wants and needs?

12. Why is satisfying your hunger for God truly liberating

while satisfying selfish needs is slavery to sin?

13. Why is it easier for people to trust in the things they see

rather than in God whom they can’t see?
 
Unwavering Gratitude
 

The Lord God performed remarkable miracles for the Israelites

in Egypt such as sending the plagues against their taskmasters

and opening the Red Sea for their crossing. Nevertheless, they

still could not trust their heavenly Father as they journeyed

across the wilderness. Therefore, they did what most of us do

when things seemingly aren’t going our way—they murmured

under their breath against God. And yet, God still took care of

them by sending them quail and manna to quench their hunger.
 
KEY VERSE
 

And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna; for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.

—Exodus 16:15, KJV

When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the LORD has given you to eat.” — Exodus 16:15, NIV

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Leader – Don Voakes

 
Study 1//Flee Immorality!  Flee Idolatry!
Pursue the Mission!  Live as God’s Holy People
 
“Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”  2 Corinthians 7:1 
 
Some questions beginning on page 259:
 
6.  The new Corinthian believers had lived under the assumption that they had the right to do anything they wanted and to live any way they wanted.  In order to become God’s holy people, however, they had to learn new priorities for living.  What did Paul teach about their “rights” and what their first priorities should be?  I Corinthians 8:9; 10:23-24
 
What needed to be the purpose and motivation for everything they chose to do?  I Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:15
 
Since the definition of a disciple is to follow the example of the rabbi in his walk with God, what did Paul invite the Corinthian believers to do in order to learn to live as holy people?  I Corinthians 11:1; I John 2:6
 
7.  Turning away from immorality and idolatry was not easy, and some of the Corinthian believers refused to change their ways.  What impact would this conflict of values and lifestyle have on the testimony of the community of believers, and what did Paul insist they do about it?  I Corinthians 5:9-11
 
How intentional are you about pursuing purity and holiness so that your life will be such a powerful witness of God’s love and peace that people who live in our broken world will draw near to discover who God is?
 
What parts of your life before you were washed clean and sanctified by Jesus do you need to run away from as fast as you can in order to become the living witness God has called you to be?
 
How might you engage with your world through conversations or teaching?
 
How might you engage with those who are sick, needy, or lonely?
 
How might you engage with people who seem pleased to live an immoral life?
 
How might you engage by bringing peace or hope to people who face difficult challenges?
 
 
Next Week begins Study 2/Idolatry and Sacrificial Meat
 
 
 
Excerpt From: Ray Vander Laan. “Cultures in Conflict Discovery Guide.” Apple Books. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/cultures-in-conflict-discovery-guide/id1321636600?mt=11