The Worth of a Woman Bible Study 2
God’s Choice for the Woman of Worth

Did you know that “ Long ago, even before He made the world, God chose you to be His very own?”  
(Ephesians 1:4 LB)  Before He formed the world, He was thinking of you.  God chooses His people to
accomplish multi-functional tasks and He has a divine purpose for each one.  When God was uniquely
putting you together, He put “stuff” in you that would enable you to do everything He asks of you.  You
will always operate well in what He has already equipped you to do.

An Allen wrench has one turn a screw that has certain aspects in it’s head..that’s it!  Otherwise, it is mostly
useless.  Surprisingly, though, an Allen wrench is multi-functional as it is useful in assembling bicycles, bookcases, swings
and a lot of other things.  You are like that, once you get matched up with what you were designed to do, you’ll find you
are a perfect fit.  If you try to use an Allen wrench on any other screw than that for which it was designed, nothing
happens.  If indeed, God chose you before He founded the world, we can believe He had a purpose in making you just the
way you are and you are a perfect fit in His plan.

Of one thing we can be sure, God has a purpose in everything He does and for everyone He makes.  How sad that some
live and die without every knowing or living out that purpose.  God doesn’t love anyone more than He loves you.  He may
be more intimate with some, but that’s because that is their desire!

God had a purpose for His own Hebrew people in Egypt.  Read Exodus 5:1-3
“Moses and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, “Thus says he Lord God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a
feast to Me in the wilderness.”  And Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?  I do not
know the Lord, nor will I let Israel go.”  So, they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us.  Please, let us go three
days journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”

Before appearing before Pharaoh, Moses had an encounter with God in the burning bush in the wilderness and he was
not a willing subject.  He came up with a lot of reasons as to why he was ill equipped to do what God asked but he made
the choice to be obedient.  Later, he  met up with his brother Aaron to relate to him what God had instructed them to do.  
God had chosen them and empowered them to lead His chosen people out of bondage.  

It is totally incredible that Moses and Aaron could just “go in and speak with the King of Egypt!”  Why would the king of
the power-people of that day grant them an audience.. Moses and Aaron represented the despised and oppressed
slaves!  So noteworthy is the fact that Moses didn’t start out with giving his opinion on anything (as we are so prone to
do), but simply states “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says.”   In our own situations, we would be so wise so
many times to just present Him or quote Him, instead of ourselves.  Most of us, if given the chance, would start with “You
know, we’ve got a problem and this is what I think you should do.”  Not!  Moses does none of it but it’s clear Pharaoh is
not on the same page. .

He may as well have asked for the moon..Pharaoh’s response was a, “No way.”  Pharaoh was his own god and he had no
need of another; he had no doubt whatsoever that he was in charge..had complete and total control of these people.   
Pharaoh made a choice, but the wrong one.

Perhaps a lesson for us here is that getting out from under oppression enables worship.  We all have times of feeling the
weight of our problems and we may be “hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in
despair knocked down, but not out”..God’s word is a constant reminder that He is our source of help in troubling times.

Pharaoh made another wrong choice with his conclusion  if they had time for a holiday, they definitely had too much time
on their hands so he increased their work load and gave the orders the Hebrews were to be beaten if they didn’t meet
their new quotas.  This brought a hostile mob to Moses and Aaron and in devastation, Moses sought the Lord.

Most of us do just what Moses did, when we get pushed, we push; only he picked on the wrong One.  He blamed God bur
rather than rebuke him, The Lord calmly exhorted Moses to be patient.  Think about the last time when your best efforts
to do something for the Lord didn’t go well?  Today, do you know the reason why?  Did you learn anything?

Moses whines and complains and then outright says, “I came to Pharaoh and spoke in Your name and he’s done nothing
but evil to the people; neither have You delivered them!”  Then God chose to speak and how quickly circumstances can
change.  Moses had to get God’s words back in his mouth too and that’s exactly what you have to do.

Read Exodus 6:6-8
This is God speaking, pick out the promises in Vs 6:
I will bring you out from under your burdens
I will rescue you
I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and great acts of judgment

The promises continue in Vs 7:
I will take you as My people
I will be your God
You will know that I am Yahweh your God who delivered you...

When God intervenes in our lives, we experience Him, His Presence and then His power unfolds.  

In Vs 8, He goes over His covenant promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of giving the land of Canaan to them.  If
someone tells you they’re going to give you a whole bunch of land, you should come to attention.  God is promising to
bring them to the covenant land He promises four centuries ago, but his redemptive purpose in it was to bring them to a
covenant relationship with Him.  Belonging to a strip of land is good; but belonging to the Lord and living in a right
relationship with Him should be our paramount concern.  

Learn something from Moses’ choice at this point.  He chose a pity-party; he’s exhausted, feels inadequate and defeated,  
but God refuses to come to his party.  He just gives him his next encounter with Pharaoh.  He commands him to return and
demand His people to be released.  Moses is not a happy camper..if his own people won’t listen to him, how in the world
will the greatest superpower at that time submit to him..he discounts God’s choice.  I Cor 1:127 “But God has chosen the
foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame
the things which are mighty.”  

God informs Moses that His choice is to harden Pharaoh’s heart in order to process His purpose in bringing deliverance to
His people.  God’s purpose in everything that happens in our life is so God can show Himself strong.  Had Pharaoh chosen
to give in at the onset, none of the ensuing miracle would have taken place and look at all the fun he would have missed:
The hordes of frogs invading their their cookware and ovens; swarms of gnats or mosquitoes with poisonous
bites; swarms of insects; killing of Egyptian livestock; soot all over Egypt causing boils to develop; devastating hail storms
to destroy crops; swarms of locust that ate up the crops not destroyed by the hail (God doesn’t overlook any detail); thick
darkness for three days (this really got the goat of the Egyptians as they worshiped the sun god). In all of this, God was
making choices to show Himself strong and none of their gods could prevent any of it.  This was what He meant when He
said,  Ex. 7:4  “I will multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt.  Pharaoh will not listen to you, but I will put My
hand on Egypt and bring out the ranks of My people out of Egypt by great acts and judgment.”    Psalms 73:23-24 “I am
continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to
glory.”  The Israelites were living practically under the same roofs and were unaffected by any of the plagues.  Egypt was
Pharaoh’s domain and the Israelites did not belong there.  God’s choice was they would live in the land He had prepared
for them.  It’s so important for us to realize we are to live where God has intended, both here and hereafter.

Moses was 80 years old and Aaron was 83 when they spoke to think because you’re 80-90+ years old that
God needs to look to the younger set?  God is the same yesterday, today and forever and He can strengthen you to do
anything He asks you to do.  If He was finished with you, you wouldn’t be here.  What can I do, you ask?  “Watch what
God does and then you do it!  Mostly what He does is to love you.  Keep company with Him and learn a life of love.  
Observe how God loves.  His love is not cautious.  He loves you extravagantly.  He doesn’t love you to get something from
you, He loves you that He may give everything of Himself to you.  Love like that.” MSG Eph 5:1-2  What can you do?  You
can bear witness to the Lord in your attitudes and actions as you relate to others and in your own home.  God will lead
you just as surely as He led the Israelites..but you have to be willing to follow.

God’s choice was to relieve the suffering of His people.  He stretched out His hand and brought them out.  They were
unworthy, ungrateful and disobedient..which should give you hope~!  God’s love for you is extravagant and “He’s always
so pleased when we finally get it right!”  We can show Him that we’re hanging in there when we study His word, when we
show up for worship services.  We can live in right relationship with Him and others when “we study to show ourselves
approved, as a workman that needs not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   We can live like redeemed
women of worth because we are!  Just as surely as God chose to save  Israel from Pharaoh, He has chosen to save you
from the pits of  this life and even of hell.  How do you plan this week to demonstrate you believe in His divine purpose in
your life?  Be committed to fulfill God’s purpose in leaving you here.  No one can give evidence of your belief but you.  You
belong to an awesome God and you need to bear witness of how important He is to you by living in obedience and
allowing Him to show you His choices are to “give you a future and a hope.”   Jer 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you
says the Lord; plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  Make the choice to “learn to love like God
loves” and to “continually be with Him.. to hold your  right hand and to guide you with His counsel.”

Study notes:

1.  We said,”God is more intimate with some but that is their desire.”  God created you and desires a intimate relationship
with you.  He waits for you to come to Him.  I choose this week to:

2.  God empowered Moses and Aaron to speak His Word to Pharaoh.  He will empower you also when we use His word to
address your concerns.  What situation are you facing this week that you need to apply His word?

3.  Moses wisely did not give his opinion when addressing Pharaoh but spoke what God had said.  Can you recall a time
when you chose to do the same?  Writing it down will help you in the future:

4.  God waited four centuries before giving them the land of Canaan.  More than the land, His redemptive purpose was to
bring them into what?

5.  Reread Exodus 6:6-8 and write down the promises most meaningful to you:

Speaking God’s Word and accepting the hand He stretches out can bring about your deliverance as well.  God’s choices for
you are always for your good.  As worthy women, let’s choose to speak His Word  and let it bring life to us.