Passage: Exodus 32:1–34:35
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION
- In Exodus 32:1, why do you think the people of Israel forgot about Moses and The Lord so quickly? Although they had been led out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud and fire, how well did they know their God?
- When the people chose to turn from the Lord to an empty god of their own making in Exodus 32:7-10, a god that could only lead them to their deaths, the Lord was ready to give them what they wanted. Despite an amazing offer from God, why do you think Moses interceded on behalf of the people? Did Moses change God's plans?
- When Moses came down from the mountain in Exodus 32:15-19, it was his turn to burn with anger. What did the breaking of the tablets - the work and word of God - symbolize? Thousands died when Moses returned and the tablets were shattered, but was that the end of the consequences of their idolatry? What is the significance of Exodus 33:3?
- Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-7. Are there gifts in our lives that we treasure more than the giver of those gifts? How is knowing our God related to treasuring our God? How can we get to know God in our day?