11.10.2019 | GOD, PART 1 | Wk 9: “The God Who Relents”

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Breaking Ground

Share about a time when you got really mad over something that, later on, you realized wasn’t that important to you (try to think of a funny example!). 


The Dig

Read Exodus 32:1-6.

Reflect on some of the key elements of Israel’s request in this story. 

First, reflect on why they want Aaron to make them an idol. 

Why do you think the Israelites decide that they need to ask Aaron to make them these idols or new gods after all that God has done for them in the Exodus Story so far? 

How do you respond to the idea that they turn to this after just 40 days of being away from Moses? 

Do you find it hard to follow God when you can’t see Him physically or directly in a situation? 

How do you respond when you feel like God has been absent for too long? What do you turn to for comfort? 

Second, reflect on the fact that the Israelites take God’s own statement (“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt…”) & apply it to this concrete, physical representation of a god in front of them

Why do you think they try to transfer this statement about God to this new idol? 

What does this say about how the Israelites view what God is doing for them now & what He has done for them in the past? 

Share about a time when God helped you & then, over time, you began to apply credit for what happened to something or someone else (or yourself). Why do you think it is so easy to do that? 

Read Exodus 33:12-17.

How do you respond to the idea that God relents or turns away from judgment when it comes to dealing with people? Does this match the image of God you’ve held in your life? 

How about the fact that God actually goes further & promises to be present with His People despite of what they’ve done? 

What does it mean to you that God chooses to be defined by grace, forgiveness, & mercy

How do you think that should impact us, as Christians, when it comes to how we handle wrongs & hurts? 

Where in your life right now do you need to lean into mercy over judgment? 


Getting Out of the Hole

Take time this week to reflect on where you need to practice relenting (i.e. forgiveness, grace, & mercy). 

Slow down & reflect on anyone that you feel heightened negative emotions towards – someone that just makes you feel anger or resentment quickly. Write down what situation made you feel this way recently & reflect on why

Finally, reflect on what it might mean to release that resentment & forgive. What might it do for your emotional, spiritual, & mental health? How might it help you & that other person? 

Share your findings with your group next week. 


Additional Resources*

The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard Hays

The Toughest People to Love by Chuck DeGroat


Coming Up This Week:* 

Sunday, November 10: Join us for the next week of our series GOD PT. 1, where we will be looking at “The God Who Relents.”
* Please see mye3.org for details.