Summary of passage: God gives Moses another set of identical tablets that Moses broke in his anger at seeing the golden calf. Moses chiseled out the tablets and went up on Mount Sinai so that God could re-engrave them. Here, God proclaimed His name to Moses in a cloud, saying He is compassionate and gracious and loving but punishes the guilty. Moses bowed down and once again asked for the Lord’s forgiveness of the people.
8 ) God knew the importance of having written laws for the people’s sake so graciously made another set once Moses broke the first set. He forgave the people their sin and continued on with His plans for them.
9a) Compassionate: Inspires me to be more compassionate as God is/was
Gracious: Inspires me to extend grace to those who don’t deserve it
Slow to anger: Inspires me to exercise more self-control
Abounding in love: Inspires me to open up more and love more
Abounding in faithfulness: Inspires me to keep my word and be more faithful to Him
Maintaining love to thousands: Inspires me to care for others
Forgiving wickness: Inspires me to forgive the evils of this world and those done to me
Forgiving rebellions: Inspires me to forgive myself when I rebel inside
Forgiving sin: Inspires me to forgive myself of my sins and forgive others sins.
Punishes the guilty: Inspires me to let things go for I know God is the mete of justice.
b) Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshiped and asked for forgiveness and for God’s presence.
c) Personal Question. My answer: God’s goodness and faithfulness and grace.
Conclusions: Liked the questions. Not for sure they went deep enough.
End Notes: This description of God became the cornerstone for the Jews as the most profound statement of God’s nature.
As Christians, knowing God as Moses knew God–His character–should be our highest striving.
Fun Fact: Exodus 34:6-7 is the most alluded to passage in the Old Testament.