“But the Midwives Feared God”

Questions for our preaching series, “Here am I, Send Me” (Sunday, 3 June 2012)

IN PREPARATION FOR SUNDAY….. “But the midwives feared God”

Read: Exodus 1:8-22

  1. Listen to the reading of Exodus 1:8-22. Maybe re-read this passage of scripture in different translations. What is the most significant phrase or image from the text for you? Share this phrase or image with your neighbour, explaining why you think this phrase or image is so important.
  2. The theme for our Series is “Here am I, send me”. In the text from Exodus we find two women being sent. Who is sending them and what are they being sent to do?
  3. Why do Shiphrah and Puah refuse to obey the command of the king of Egypt?
  4. What do you think it means when the text says, “the midwives feared God”? What does it mean “to fear God”?
  5. It is clear from this text that “to fear God” leads to certain kinds of actions and not others. What kinds of actions does “fearing God” lead to?
  6. This biblical text seems to compare two different forms of being sent. Shiphrah and Puah are sent by their king, but they are also sent by God. One form of being sent leads to death and the other leads to life. What does it mean in our contexts to be sent by God to bring life? In what ways can God use us to bring life to those around us?
  7. What are the obstacles that make it difficult for us to do God’s work?
  8. The story of Shiphrah and Puah makes it clear that it is not always easy to do God’s work. Let us pray that God will protect us, just as he protected Shiphrah and Puah, as we make ourselves available to God for witness and service.

So What? (Action) Let us do at least one thing that ‘brings life’ this next week that we would not normally do as a form of witness and service.

DISCLAIMER: We don’t take the credit!  This series was first used by the cathedral and is available through the diocesan office.  Every week in our pew leaflet we will include the key text and questions for personal or group study.

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