Daughters of Reuel, Seven
By Scarlett Stough
To Prepare for this study, please read
Exodus 2:15-22 and the Women in Christ Commentary, Daughters
of Reuel, Seven Shepherd Sisters.
Part I The Example of the Seven Shepherd Sisters
1. Exodus 2:16 What job had a priest of Midian assigned his seven daughters?
2. Exodus 2:17 What obstacle did they face as they went about doing their father's will?
3. Exodus 2:15, 17 Moses came to their rescue. Do you see any parallels to the work of Jesus Christ in this passage? (See also: Deuteronomy 18:17-19; Acts 3:18-22) (For examples of Jesus defending his women disciples see Luke 10:38-42 and John 12:3-8)
4. Exodus 2:18-19 What did the sisters do immediately after being saved from their persecutors?
5. John 4:6-42 Do you see any similarities between the account of the shepherd sisters and the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at the well? Do you see any example (examples) for you to follow?
6. Exodus 2:20-22; Revelation 3:19-22; Revelation 19:6-9; Ephesians 5:32 What courtesy did the father/priest expect his daughters to offer their rescuer? What allegory does the Bible use to illustrate the protection and provision God gives us through Jesus, our deliverer?
Part II The Good Shepherd
1. Numbers 27:15-17; Jeremiah 23:1-4; 50:4-7; Zechariah 10:2-3; Matthew 9:35-38; Matthew 18:10-14 How do you think God feels about his flock being left to fend for themselves?
2. Ezekiel 34:1-10; Jude 1:12; John 10:12-13 God uses the sheep and shepherd metaphor to illustrate the responsibility of civil and religious leaders. What accusations does God make against these leaders? In your experience, are these accusations relevant today? Give examples. Compare the effect of poor or abusive management of livestock (or the mistreatment of pets) to the effect of poor leadership on individuals and communities or nations.
3. Ezekiel 34:11-16; John 10:1-11, 14-18 Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd, equating his role to that of the Sovereign Lord who spoke through the prophet Ezekiel. How does Jesus carry out God's promise to “look after my sheep?” (Ezekiel 34:11-13)
4. Hebrews 13:20-21; I Peter 2:24-25; Matthew 2:4-6; Micah 5:2-5; Psalm 23; Isaiah 40:10-11 What does a shepherd do for his or her flock? Is Jesus your shepherd? In what ways are you aware of the care he gives you?
5. Jude 24, 25; Hebrews 12:2; 3:1-6; 4:14-16; 9:24-28; Philippians 2:5-11 Just like sheep listened to and fixed their eyes on their shepherd, so we are exhorted to fix our eyes on Jesus. Consider (and discuss, if studying as a group) how Jesus secured salvation (rescue from sin and death) for you. How can you avoid straying away from the Shepherd's guidance?
6. John 11:25-27; 1:29; 3:1-21; 4:10-26; 5:19-47; 6:35; 7:37-44; 8:31-36; Acts 2:37-41; John 10:7-9 Describe in your own words how someone enters the “sheep pen” of salvation and comes into the care of the “Good Shepherd.” What real difference did this make in your life when you entered that “gate?”
Part III Be Shepherds of God's Flock
1. Ezekiel 34:17-22; Matthew 25:31-46; 24:45-51; 18:21-35 What attitude and behavior does the Good Shepherd expect of those who have accepted his authority over them?
2. Matthew 18:1-14; 23:8-12; 20:25-28; I Peter 5:1-6 Often the youngest of children were “undershepherds” in caring for a flock. (Example: David I Samuel 16:11) They were trained by and accountable to the experienced shepherd, usually their father or an older sibling. In what ways should a civil or religious leader be like these younger children? Keep in mind that if you are a parent, or have responsibility for others in any way, you are also God's undershepherds. (I Timothy 3:4-5)
3. John 21:15-17; Matthew 14:13-21; Luke 9:12-17; Matthew 4:4; Matthew 24:45-46; II Timothy 3:14-17; 4:1-5; John 6:51; Matthew 6:11; John 6:26-69 What is the food God's flock need to eat? Who is the source of this food? How can you be sure you are eating God's bread and drinking the living waters of salvation?
4. Acts 20:17-38 (especially verses 28 and 31) Who was Paul addressing? What examples from his own life did he use to illustrate how to “be shepherds of the church of God?” Who did Paul say bought this flock? How should this knowledge affect how they did their job? What were they to be on guard against? How were they to be strengthened to look after God's people? (See also Jude 24-25)
5. Philippians 2:19-22 What characteristic do you think God most wants in those who tend his flock? If you are called to be a shepherd under the authority of the Good Shepherd, what have you learned from these Scriptures that you can use to carry out your responsibility to feed God's flock?