"Life in the Wilderness" (#1: Experiencing the Exodus)

Sermon Date: 
Mar 05 2017
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Please feel free to use the following as a reflection, personal study, or for your Life Group. Please be sensitive to other views expressed.

INTRODUCTION
1. How would you define a "wilderness experience" with God?
2. Why might a wilderness experience be necessary?

A few Biblical definitions for desert/wilderness is as follows:
1) an uninhabited place fit for feeding flocks
2) a sterile or sanitary sandy country
3) the organ of speech, the mouth.

Based on these three descriptions, what could be said about God's intentions to our wilderness experience?

ADDITIONAL INFO
Several churches enter into a period called LENT (fortieth, 40) that leads up to Easter Sunday. This is a time we commemorate Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness. If you recall this is a time Jesus fasted, prayed, and confronted Satan's temptations. We also see this as a time of preparation before Jesus started His public ministry.

READ EXODUS 16

CONTEXT
GOD just recued the Hebrew people from Egyptian slavery, as well, being caught up in pagan Egyptian worship. GOD revealed his superiority over all these false pagan gods and goddesses by using the 10 plagues. After the plagues GOD then parted the sea and led these people safe into the wilderness!

1. What seems to be the problem in Exodus 16?
2. When you read verse 3 do you think they were telling a truthful story of their past (be reminded they were slaves)?
3. What might be said of the enemy when God wants to move us forward? Why does Satan want us to look back to the past?
4. Why do you think GOD decided to feed the Israelite community the way he did (i.e., manna daily)?
5. What happened to the manna when the people tried to collect more for the next day (with the exception of the Sabbath) - see verse 20? What do think was God's teaching principle with this? How might this be understood in today's context?

CONCLUSION
Perhaps the "wilderness experience" is God's way to empty you in order to prepare you for his glorious purposes! Remember, when you find yourself in a wilderness-experience in your soul (i.e., feeling empty, unfulfilled, feel like a wonderer in this world, etc.) Jesus will be with you! Jesus is the living bread of life who is willing to feed your spiritual hunger.

"I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:32-33,35).

1. What principles did you learn from this lesson?
2. How will you apply these principles in your Christian walk?

Blessings!
Pastor Trevor