Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the Faithelement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).

Context (from the Mind Session Page)

Begin by asking:

  • Around almost every natural disaster or war, there’s someone who claims that this is “God’s judgment” for the sins of a certain group of people. To what extent do you feel God uses events like this to inflict punishment or judgment?
  • To what extent might people bring some type of “judgment” on themselves?
  • How do we typically understand the story of the Israelites’ salvation at the Red Sea today?
  • What elements of the story are usually missing when we teach this to children, and why?

Content (from the Current Session Page)

Read Exodus 14:19-31, then watch the Bible Background Video.

Ask questions like these:

  • What most stands out to you when you hear this story of the parting of the Sea of Reeds?
  • What other miracles do you remember, where God used a natural disaster to make a point, and what point was made?
  • Why was this story told as such a critical part of the narrative of how the various tribes came together to form the Hebrew people?
  • Why do you think God chose to perform this particular miracle, killing many other people, when God could have done it in another way?
  • To what degree is this story an object lesson about the way greed might destroy a culture?
  • Given that this would have been such a traumatic event to Egyptian culture, why do you think they continued to war, off and on, with the Israelites?

Closure (from the Media Session Page)

Continue by asking:

  • How should we do justice today to avoid the mistakes of the Egyptians (and the Hebrew people themselves as they became a nation)?

Play an invitation to justice and ask:

  • Based on our previous discussions, to what degree might destruction be simply a logical conclusion of a society or economy based on fear and greed?
  • In what ways does our idea that loving God is more important than loving neighbor lead to a tendency for greed?
  • How can we transfer the love of God into love of neighbors?
  • In what ways does our greed sometimes lead to putting others at an unbearable disadvantage in our society?
  • How can we intervene to correct the mistaken arrangements cause by fear and greed?
  • How would you define Christian justice?
  • Assuming that we need something supernatural to save the day, what do we expect God to do in order to help us intervene with justice?

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