Life of Moses Lesson 12 Day 4

 8.  By commanding Moses to chisel out two new tablets, God showed His grace and mercy toward Moses and Israel.

In Exodus 32:8-10, the Israelites were unfaithful and disobedient—turning away from God and to an idol, worshiped it, sacrificed to it, and continued with a wicked celebration.

In Exodus 32:19, Moses lost his temper and broke the tablets of the testimony—inscribed by the finger of God and given to Moses. Exodus 31:18 “Be angry and do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26

9.  a.  Words and phrases the Lord used to describe Himself in Exodus 32:6-7—
God promised to show Moses His goodness—
  • Compassionate
  • Merciful, gracious
  • Slow to anger
  • Abundant in loving-kindness and truth
  • Forgives iniquity, rebellion, and sin
  • One who punishes the guilty—Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, satisfied God’s anger for good.
  • The guilt affects their children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.—God rescinded this curse in Ezekiel 18:2-4 and Jeremiah 31:29-30.  Jesus “Christ has rescued us from (every) curse pronounced by the law. NLT”  Galatians 3:13 Hallelujah!

I’m so thankful God is good. All the time. He loves and forgives. He doesn’t give us what we deserve.

It’s my desire to be like Him in every way, other than punishing the guilty. Interestingly, that’s the only thing that comes naturally.

I want to see these attributes when I look in the mirror. Someday—everyday—I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:23

b.  Moses responded to the revelation of God’s goodness by immediately throwing himself to the ground in worship. He asked God to forgive the Israelites, travel with them, and renew His covenant with them.

c.  It’s amazing an all-powerful, holy God is so full of compassion, mercy, and patience. When I discovered my former husband’s mother and brother embezzled money from our business, I wanted to want to forgive them. That was the best I could manage on my own. Eventually, with the Lord’s help, I forgave their betrayal.

Knowing He loves me and forgives me even when I can’t forgive myself, humbles me beyond measure.

Photo credit Chad Madden
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Life of Moses Lesson 

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