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Wednesday - Does It Align with God's Character?



Lesson Scriptures: Exodus 34:1-9


Key Lesson Theme: “Does It Align With God’s Character?”


Today's Lesson: Wednesday, February 8


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Exodus 34:6-7


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.”


Commentary


Who is He? What is He like? How does He act in relationship to His people? What can be expected from Him? What follows is a description in words.


The Lord God is merciful and gracious. Merciful (rahum) means “full of compassion.”


The Lord God is longsuffering.Longsuffering (’arek) means “patient” or “slow to anger.”


He is abundant in goodness and truth.Abundant (rab) suggests not only that He is lavish in goodness but that the supply He has available is more than adequate.


Keeping mercy for thousands emphasizes the dependability of His mercy, grace, patience, and abundant love and faithfulness.


The Lord’s maintaining His steadfast love leads to His forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin. Forgiving comes from a word (nasa’) meaning “to lift, to bear, to take away or carry off.”


The God who maintains mercy and forgives sin is also a God of justice. His justice will not ignore sin or the sinner.


As Ezekiel emphasized, every person is responsible for his own sin. “The soul [person] that sinneth, it shall die. But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right . . . [and] hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he surely shall live, saith the Lord God” (Ezek. 18:4b-5,9). God’s grace is greater than our sin.


What are some lasting lessons that come from Exodus 34:6-7?


· The Lord comes to make Himself known.

· The Lord is true to Himself, perfect and unchanging.

· The Lord acts from love and grace.

· The Lord is just, however, and holds the sinner accountable for his actions.

· Our sinful behavior can have a negative influence on those who come after us.


Until tomorrow Saints...

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