Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 34:1-9
Key Lesson Theme: “Does It Align With God’s Character?”
Today's Lesson: Monday, February 6
1 The Lord said to Moses, “Cut two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.
2 Be prepared by morning. Come up Mount Sinai in the morning and stand before me on the mountaintop.
3 No one may go up with you; in fact, no one should be seen anywhere on the mountain. Even the flocks and herds are not to graze in front of that mountain.”
4 Moses cut two stone tablets like the first ones. He got up early in the morning, and taking the two stone tablets in his hand, he climbed Mount Sinai, just as the Lord had commanded him.
5 The Lord came down in a cloud, stood with him there, and proclaimed his name, “the Lord.”
6 The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed:
“The Lord — the Lord is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love and truth,
7 maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But he will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ iniquity on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.”
8 Moses immediately knelt low on the ground and worshiped.
9 Then he said, “My Lord, if I have indeed found favor with you, my Lord, please go with us (even though this is a stiff-necked people), forgive our iniquity and our sin, and accept us as your own possession.”
The Bible Meets Life
We often base our view of God on what we think God should be like, and the human tendency is to make God into our own image, complete with our own ideals and preferences. But God is holy and wholly set apart from us, His finite creation. As holy God, His character is perfect and unchanging, and we can be confident that anything He asks of us falls right in line with His righteous character.
The events in Exodus 34 are part of the ongoing saga of Israel’s liberation from Egyptian servitude and their journey to the land of promise. The Lord God established a covenant with Israel. They would be His people; He would be their God. God gave His law to Moses, who recorded it on tablets of stone (chs. 19–23). The covenant relationship was sealed in an oath of sacrifice and blood (chap. 24). God gave Moses additional instructions for implementing the covenant (chs. 25–31).
Sadly, even before Moses could descend from Sinai with the tablets of stone and other covenant texts, the people violated the terms of the covenant by urging Aaron to fashion an idol of gold, to which they bowed down and worshiped. God exercised judgment and even threatened annihilation. Moses interceded on the people’s behalf and God relented (chs. 32–33). Thus, the covenant was renewed (ch. 34).
Verses 1-5 record the Lord’s instructions to Moses for renewing the covenant, instructions which Moses faithfully followed. In verses 6-7 the Lord Himself identified some perfect and unchanging traits of His own holy character. Verses 8-9 describe Moses’s personal response to what was made known to him by the Lord. He repented and worshiped; always a fitting response when in the presence of the Lord.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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