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Exodus for the Rest of Us: Ohana means family, and family means no one gets left behind | Learning G

August 13th, 2023


A lot of folks view me to be a bit of a daredevil, adrenaline seeker–someone with few inhibitions. That’s only true, though, when I can at least somewhat visualize the stunt, process, or the finish line. When I can’t quite see how something will be executed or accomplished, my fears set in. When I was young and taking gymnastics lessons, I remember Coach Jim explaining the new skill we were going to start learning: “Take a few running steps, plant your launch leg, kick up your back leg with your waist horizontal to the ground, keep your eyes forward so that you don’t tuck your head…” It would be around this time that all our little gymnast eyes would start to get pretty big and he’d reassure us with “I’m going to be spotting you the whole time.” He’d then help us bridge our last applicable skill into learning the muscle memory of the new skill. There wasn’t an expectation to hear the instruction and get it right. There wasn’t an expectation to reinvent the wheel with every new skill. We were learning, building, trusting together. I’m not one to often subscribe to theological sports analogies, but I think this one tracks with what the Israelites were experiencing in Exodus 29.

Jennifer and the Teaching Team

Big Idea:

God never expects or wants us to go through life on our own.

Take Away:

To get the most out of our freedom, we must recognize God’s desire to be in relationship with us.


Exodus 29:45-46 (NET)

How does this fit with Belong, Become, Believe?

God frees people from struggles and the empire to communicate that they are loved, but we must then take steps to grow that relationship.

Questions for Table Group or Personal Devotions:

  1. How is God dwelling among you right now that you might not have previously recognized?

  2. What personal or societal “stipulations” keep you from dwelling with God?

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