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Bible Study Guide: 

Miriam, The Slave Girl

In The Days Of Your Youth

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this study, please read the Women in Christ commentary: Miriam, The Slave Girl.

Part I Miriam’s Example

1. Exodus 1:8-10 Why were the Egyptians afraid of the increasing Israelite population?

2. Exodus 1:11-14 What action did they take to weaken the Israelites? How effective was it? 

3. Exodus 1:15-19 What was the next attempt? What was the result? Why?

4. Exodus 1:20-22 What was God’s response? Who did Pharaoh next enlist to carry out this decree?

5. Exodus 2:1-4 What did one Levite family do to try to protect their newborn son? 

6. Exodus 2:5-10 Who did God send to protect this child? Who cared for him in his early childhood? What was his name?

7. Exodus 6:20; 15:20; I Chronicles 6:3; Numbers 26:59; Exodus 7:7 From information found in these Scriptures, how old do you think Miriam might have been when they left Egypt? What was the relationship between Miriam, Moses, and Aaron? How old were Moses and Aaron at the time of Israel’s exodus from Egypt? How old would Aaron have been at Moses’ birth? At least how old would Miriam have to be to be able to carry a three month old baby? 

8. Micah 6:4; Exodus 15:20 After Miriam became an adult, what did God choose her to do?

9. Luke 1:27; Luke 1:46-55; Matthew 2:13-21 What parallels do you find between the account of the infancy of Jesus and Moses?  (Hint: In Hebrew Mary and Miriam are the same name.)

10. John 8:33-36 What did Jesus do that is similar to what Moses did?

Part II Remember Your Creator

1. II Peter 2: 10-22 Just as Miriam and her family were slaves in Egypt, our family members and neighbors can also be slaves while believing themselves to be free. Explain in your own words how doing whatever you want in opposition to God’s instruction can make you a “captive.” Give examples from your experience or current events? 

2. Proverbs 1:1-7 Where can children, teenagers, and adults find the smart way to live?

3. Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 This passage includes a poetic description of the condition that most people experience in their senior years. What advice does the Teacher give young people? Have you observed how and in what ways, following God from youth benefits a person in their old age?

4. Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 What conclusion did the Teacher draw out of his wisdom and experience? What does “the whole [duty] of man” mean to you? (“Duty” is not in the original Hebrew text.) Is this a desirable state in your opinion? Why or why not? 

5. Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 What warning is expressed in this passage? Do you believe God wants you to be happy and enjoy life? How is pleasure different from joy? What pleasures do people you know indulge in that diminishes or quenches their joy, especially later in life?

6. Psalm 148:7-14 (Note verse 12) Why should you praise God through your choices and way of life?

7. Matthew 18:1-14; Matthew 19:13-14 How important to God are young people?  What does it mean for children to come to Jesus? What can hinder children from coming to him? What can you do to help the children in your life come to Jesus?

Optional Research: Discover how many children and teenagers in the Bible committed their lives to God and  what they did.