This Tuesday we see Moses faithfully seeking the Lord. Going to the “tent of meeting” was part of the warp and woof of his life. The people noticed that God met Moses there and they too would come to the tent to seek the Lord. The pillar of cloud descending on the tent not only was a comforting and tangible sign of God’s presence with the people as they journeyed through the desert, but also a sign of how God wants to meet with His people one-on-one. Today’s Scripture challenges the Israelites after they sinned against the Lord by worshipping a golden calf. Was the Lord’s presence as their vanguard and their rear guard important to them? Is His daily presence in your life important to you? Would they continue their journey without Him or journey alone on their terms? - Kim
CONNECT (Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Where do you personally go to meet with God? Do you have another place outside of church? Is it a close and intimate place in your home or outside it? Are you intentional and consistent in your going? Do you bring others with you? Who might be observing your faithfulness in meeting with God? How do you think it impacts them? How does meeting impact you!
_ Take some time to thank and praise God for who He is, to pray for those you are walking with, for the needs you/group are facing, and for the Spirit to highlight truth as you read.
DISCOVER [Exodus 33:7-23]
7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting, which was outside the camp. 8 Whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people would rise up, and each would stand at his tent door, and watch Moses until he had gone into the tent. 9 When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 And when all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would rise up and worship, each at his tent door. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent. 12 Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’ 13 Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “This very thing that you have spoken I will do, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.” 18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.” 19 And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The Lord.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” 21 And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, 22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ What do we see Moses doing in verse 7? What does the verb “used to” imply?
_ Where was his “tent” placed? What was its name? Verse 7
_ Who else went to the tent and why?
_ Who observed Moses’s coming and goings? Verse 8
_ What was the sign of God’s presence at the tent of meeting? Verse 9
_ Who was Moses’s faithful disciple? How do we see his faithfulness? Verse 11
_ Summarize Moses’s appeal to God in verses 12-16? What was Moses’s highest priority on the journey?
_ What set the people apart in Moses eyes? Verse 16
_ How did God respond to Moses’s appeal in verse 17?
_ What attributes of God stand out in verse 19?
_ What blessing does Moses receive from his relationship with God? See verses 20-23
_ How is the believer’s relationship with Jesus (salvation, forgiveness, help, comfort) similar and yet different than Moses’s relationship with God?
+ HOW am I compelled to confess sin and respond to what I learned today with a simple concrete step of action/obedience? (In groups discuss this in guy/girl break-outs, below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO are you walking with that you might pass along or encourage what you learned, with today? (e.g., your family around the dinner table, a friend, co-worker or neighbor you are walking with to discover the message Jesus)