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Scripture: Exodus 34:1–34:10
Overview of Exodus 34:1-23
Exodus 34 is one of the most significant chapters in the bible; it is the very proof that our God is a merciful God. The fact that He is willing to meet with Moses a second time and make new tablets to reinstate His covenant with His people, shows this. In the previous chapter Moses goes before God intercedes for the people. Moses stands between the people and their sin, and now he mediates God’s blessings, the ultimate blessing being the presence of God Himself Exodus 33:13. God not only wants to reinstate his covenant, but wants to reveal to Moses and the people who He is. Everything in this chapter hinges on verses 6 and 7, which is the revelation of the name of God and the implications thereof. The big idea here is; we cannot expect the benefit of Gods promises unless we are conscious of the depth of His character. Verse 5 proclaims the name of The LORD. Here God recites His name right next to Moses. He condescends and meets with him, just as He comes down and meets with us. We need to be a people who move and are moved by the presence of God. God speaks His name and so Moses knows who He is. This is a sign of intimacy closeness and Fellowship with God. Through the cross of Jesus Christ we have grace and mercy and can now have the same intimacy and fellowship with the God of the universe.
1. How would you define mercy and grace?
- Can you have one without the other?
- How do these play out in the Christian life?
2. What do these verses say about the character of God?
- How has God shown you mercy and grace specifically?
3. How do we have fellowship and intimacy with God?
God is merciful and the forgiver of sin, but He is also just. He forgives, but by no means clears the guilty. This can sometimes seem like a contradiction, but when we put it into the context and the character of God we can understand the meaning. Joel 2:12-13 and Jonah 3:10 The Lord God will not forgive the unrepentant. The key here is repentance. God can and will forgive any and all sin because of Jesus, all we need to do is repent and turn to Him. He forgives the small mistakes we make as well as the blatant sin we have been living with and feeding. This chapter also deals with the idea of generational sin. Here the people will share in the punishment of their fathers because they share in their sins. God will not clear the unrepentant. Some of us may come from a long line of generational sin, but the curse is broken by Jesus. If you do not share in the sins of your family you will not share in their judgement. We can accomplish this through faith and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. He enables us to see that the way we live our lives affects our children, which in turn affects their children and so on Proverbs 17:6. We must be the foundation and anchor for our families, starting a new legacy built on the bedrock of Jesus Christ. God will be merciful and gracious because this is who he is at his core; He shows us this through His son Jesus Christ.
1. How can God be loving as well as just?
- Are these two character traits in conflict?
2. How do you define Christian repentance?
- What does this look like in your life?
- What do you need to repent of specifically?
3. How can you be the foundation for your family?
- How can you start a new legacy?