Moses Intercedes for God’s Unfaithful People
October 7, 2012
Key Verses: “Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.” Exodus 32:12b
Time: 1289 B.C.E.
Since Last Week: After the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt, Pharaoh changed his mind and sent his armies to retrieve the people, But God led the people with a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day. Pharaoh’s army trapped the people by the red sea, so Moses used his staff to part the waters and the people crossed safely. When Pharaoh’s army tried to follow, they were swallowed up by the waters. After spending some time in the wilderness, the people began to complain that they had no food, so God provided quail and manna, which the people baked into cakes every day for their meals.
Background: Moses went up Mount Sinai, where God gave the people
commandments and laws. Moses was gone for so long, the people lost faith that he would return. They created and worshiped a golden calf as their new god. God was angry and planned to destroy the people, but Moses interceded and changed God’s mind.
Community: Why is it so easy for a group to transform from a peaceful crowd to a rebellious crowd so quickly? How can we lead groups of people to behave faithfully and peacefully?
At Home: What takes God’s place as the most important things in your life? How can you rid yourself of false idols and follow only God?
Read This Week:
Monday: God Calls Joshua, Joshua 1:1-11
Tuesday: Rahab Helps God’s People, Joshua 6:12-27 (or 2:l-24, 6:1-27)
Wednesday: Deborah Helps Barak, Judges 4:4-10
Thursday: Gideon Tests God, Judges 6:36-40 (or 6:36-7:23)
Friday: Samson and Delilah, Judges 16: 1-22 (or 16:1-31)
Saturday: Ruth and Naomi, Ruth 1:1-22 (or 1:1-4:22)
Next Week: Hannah Praises God for Samuel, 1Samuel 1:9-11, 19-20; 2:l-10