Opening Question:

Have you ever felt like you just weren’t the right person for the job? What was that like?

These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. 17 The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. 18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. 19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations. 20 Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. 21 The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23 Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24 The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. 25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their clans.

26 These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the LORD said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” 27 It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron. 28 On the day when the LORD spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the LORD said to Moses, “I am the LORD; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the LORD, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?” 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.

3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. 5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” 6 Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the LORD commanded them. 7 Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.


Why do you think a genealogy pops up at this point in the story? Does the genealogy itself help us answer that question? Which family line gets the most attention? What do we know about Eleazar and Phinehas (see Exodus 28:1-4, Numbers 27:10-13)? How might the idea of being a priest relate to God’s calling in Exodus 6:28-7:2? Is there any overlap in the roles?


What do you think God means when he tells Moses “I have made you like God to Pharaoh” (Exodus 7:1)? Is that kind of role unique to Moses? Compare with 2 Corinthians 5:18-20.


The genealogy of Exodus 6:16-25 leads us to see how God’s work with his people stretches both before and after Aaron and Moses themselves, and that they are part of God’s larger plans. Does God have a particular plan for your life? Are there parts of your history in which you can see the work of God that has led you to where you are today? What kind of a legacy might God be leading you to leave behind?

God made Moses “like God” to Pharaoh (Exodus 7:1), and Christians today are all called to represent Christ to the world as his ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). Are there ways in which your life is representing Christ to people who don’t know him yet? Do you feel up to that job? How might the passage we just read encourage you?


Consider what callings God has placed on your life that you may not feel that you are doing a great job at right now. Don’t give up! Encourage each other with the truth of God you’ve seen revealed in this passage, and ask God in prayer to move in power like he promised to Moses in Exodus 7:3-5.