Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 34:1-9
Key Lesson Theme: “Does It Align With God’s Character?”
Today's Lesson: Thursday, February 9
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.”
Moses’s behavior served as a model for Israel—and for us as well—of how we are to present ourselves when we are in the presence of God. His plea was for divine presence to be in the midst of the people as they continued their journey—not because they earned it but because they needed it. This was a confessional statement not an informative one. God knew how stubborn the people were. The event of the molding of a golden calf, which they proceeded to worship, was the most recent proof of that.
God’s character was to forgive, as stated in verse 7. But again, rather than presume or assume it would be given, Moses interceded for himself and the people, pleading for it.
His asking for a reaffirmation was not to question God’s faithfulness but an admission that as a people who had sinned against Him (including Moses) they were not deserving of the Lord’s favor of being His possession. Let there be no doubt: “God’s mercy and compassion—not Israel’s faithfulness—formed the basis for renewal of the broken covenant (34:1-28).” 3 Such is always the case.
What are some lasting lessons that come from Exodus 34:8-9?
· Worship is our response to God’s revelation of Himself.
· Worship includes confessing and repenting of our sin.
· We are not to assume or presume upon God’s grace, but we are to acknowledge that we are dependent on it.
· God forgives us of our sin and claims us as His very own.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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