Part One: Moses' Communication as a young adult
1) Moses' communication with Egyptians as a young adult
1) Why did Moses intervene physically rather than attempting to resolve the issue with words?
2) Why didn't Moses try talking to the overseer?
3) As the adopted son of Pharaoh's daughter, why didn't Moses try to discuss his concerns with court officials?
2) Moses' communication with fellow Jews as a young adult
1) Why did Moses try to resolve the conflict with words this time?
2) Why didn't the people he talked to listen to him?
3) Moses' communication with Midianites as a young adult
1) The text describes Moses' actions, but not his words. Why not?
2) Others in the story are quoted. Why the difference?
3) How do you think Moses communicated with the women at the well and their father?
1) How does Moses communicate with Egyptians, Jews, and Midianites in these passages?
2) What's the same? What's different? Why?
Section 2: Moses' First Communication with God
4) Moses discovers the burning bush
1) How did Moses communicate with God at the Burning Bush?
2) How did God communicate with Moses?
3) How did Moses listen to God at the Burning Bush?
4) How did God listen to Moses?
5) God sends Moses on a mission
1) Why did Moses say 'who am I that I should go..'? What was he worried about?
2) How did God answer this concern?
6) Moses asks for God's name
1) Why did Moses expect to be asked this question?
2) Why did God suggest such a long answer?
3) How might Moses have felt about giving such a long answer? Why?
7) Moses worries how the Israelites will respond.
1) Why was Moses worried that the Israelites would not believe in him?
2) Why was Moses worried that the Israelites would not listen to his voice?
3) Do you think it made sense for Moses to be worried about this? Why or why not?
8) God gives Moses a physical sign to perform
1) How did God tell Moses to communicate with the Jewish people about his qualifications?
2) Why was some of the communication physical?
3) Why did God expect that the people would believe these signs?
4) Do you think Moses expected this kind of communication to work? Why or why not?
9) Moses talks to God about his voice
1) God had just given Moses a non-verbal way to communicate. Why did Moses respond 'I have never been a man of words'?
2) How did God try to reassure Moses?
3) How do you think Moses felt about God's response?
4) What do you think that you might want to say if you were Moses?
10) Moses' final attempt to refuse the mission
1) Why did Moses still try to refuse at this point?
2) Why did God get angry?
3) What part of the communication did God assign to Aaron? To Moses? Why?
Section 3: Later communication
11) Moses' communication with Pharaoh
1) Which part of the communication was done by Aaron? Which part was done by Moses? Why?
2) How did Pharaoh know that Moses was the main spokesman?
3) How do you think Aaron and Moses communicated with each other about this?
4) Why did Aaron listen to Moses more than other people did?
12) Moses and Yitro
1) How was Moses communicating with the people who came to him to resolve disputes?
2) Why did Moses feel like he had to do it alone?
3) Do you think anyone had listened to Moses about serious issues before? Why or why not?
14) Moses' communication with Israelites as an elderly leader
1) What does it mean that Moses addressed these words to all of Israel?
2) How was Moses communicating?
3) How were the people listening?
1) How was Moses' communication different from most other people's?
2) What did Moses need in order to be understood?
3) When did people listen to Moses? When didn't they? Why?
Section 4: Different, not less
15) The Burning Bush revisited
1) Why did God point out that God creates people as they are?
2) Why did God appoint Aaron to assist Moses?
3) Why didn't God say 'I'll heal you so that you will be able to speak readily."?
4) God knew that Aaron was able to speak well and Moses wasn't. Why didn't God just appoint Aaron as the spokesman instead?