The God of Mercy and Glory

Open

Have a group member read Exodus 33-34 aloud.

If you were guilty of a crime, what lawyer from TV or a movie would you want to represent you in court?

Reflect

Look again at 33:1-11. Imagine you are one of the Israelites in the camp. What would you feel in this situation? Looking back on the past few months, what regrets would you have? What hopes do you have?

In 33:12-23, what exactly does Moses request of God? What does God agree to do? What does He not agree to do? What does the text say is God’s motivation for responding the ways in which He does?

How does God’s description of Himself in 34:6-7 fit well with His dealings with Israel thus far?

In 34:10-28, God reasserts His role as the just Law-Giver, jealous for His glory, wrathful toward those who oppose Him. How do we reconcile this portrayal with the God who is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”?

Apply

Exodus 34:29-35 speaks of the radiant face of Moses after having spent time in God’s presence. Have a group member read Hebrews 1:1-3. How do these verses help us understand Jesus as the true and better Moses? How do they help you understand what it means to be an imitator of Christ?

Whom have you known who radiated the glory of God in their speech and actions? What disciplines and attitudes helped shape their demonstrable love for God? Which of those disciplines or attitudes do you most want or need to emulate?

Close

What attribute of God did you see in this week’s passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak or act this week?

Ideas for Family Discipleship

Time

Set aside time this week for your family to read Exodus 33:7-23 together and then discuss these questions.

// Read verse 11 again. God Wants to Talk With Us. Does your prayer life reflect that?

// Prayer of intercession means praying for others. Share how your family can pray for one another this week and then pray together.

// Who are others in your neighborhood, school or workplace you can be praying for?

// Whom would you like for the Lord to save? Commit to pray for that person this week.

Moments

Leverage opportunities this week to teach your family how to pray // to the Father, because of the Son, with the help of the Holy Spirit. We praise, thank, confess and make requests. Let the refrain of your week be, “God Wants to Talk With Us.”

Milestones

Consider writing down some prayers in the form of letters for your kids. Save them up to give to them one day.