Today is Thursday, August 3. Good morning. When God's law was revealed, he did not leave his people alone with a set of commandments, but sent Moses to be with the people and to show God's glory to Israel. There is more to what God asks of us than harsh or demanding rules. There is a glory which he desires to show us. - Ian
(Take time to write down responses to these questions or discuss in your group)
_ Have you ever had a spiritual or supernatural encounter with God? What was that like? Have you ever heard of other people experiencing the glory of God?
_ How is the Lord impacting someone you are walking with (to help grow in or discover Jesus)?
PRAY [ Psalm 24 ]
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory!
DISCOVER [Exodus 34:29-35]
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what do we learn? (Use these questions below each portion of text to clarify the main point)
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30 Aaron and all the people of Israel saw Moses, and behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him. 31 But Moses called to them, and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses talked with them. 32 Afterward all the people of Israel came near, and he commanded them all that the Lord had spoken with him in Mount Sinai. 33 And when Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face.
34 Whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would remove the veil, until he came out. And when he came out and told the people of Israel what he was commanded, 35 the people of Israel would see the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face was shining. And Moses would put the veil over his face again, until he went in to speak with him.
_ What happened on Mount Sinai?
_ What was written on the two stone tablets?
_ Who is Aaron in Exodus?
_ Why were the people afraid to come near Moses?
_ What did Moses speak to the leaders when his face shone with glory?
_ Why did Moses veil his face?
+ HOW am I compelled to respond to what I learned today with a simple step of action? (Here are some thoughts to discuss in break-outs)
_ There are many people who teach us the Word of God. How do we value those who teach?
_ Do we recognise the wonder of God speaking to us through prophets, preachers, and teachers?
_ How can we be available for God to speak to us?
+ 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)