lENT 2021 bIBLE rEADING PLAN
February 23rd: Character of God, part 2 -- Dr. Tim Mackie (bibleproject.com)
Yesterday we looked at the character of God as revealed to Moses in Exodus chapter 34. We see in this passage that though God is first and foremost a loving and merciful God, he will not ignore injustice or evil. While God is willing to put up with a lot of human failures, our choices matter, and God will maintain a balance between mercy and justice, which at times means handing us over to the consequences of our decisions. As followers of Jesus, we may be wondering what God is going to do in the world in response to this time of deep unrest and upheaval. But the better question may be to ask ourselves, what are we going to do to carry out God’s will in the world?
Listen to a short message from Tim on the Character of God and reflect on a passage in 2 Corinthians.
Read and Discuss
Read: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18
After Moses encountered God’s glory, he came down from Mount Sinai with a glowing face. We’re told that his transformation freaked the Israelites out, so he wore a veil to conceal himself. As we continue the story of the Bible, we learn that the new covenant comes with even greater glory because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. This greater glory liberates Jesus’ followers to see and reflect his glowing character from the inside out, no veil needed. By his Spirit our hearts learn to mirror the mercy and justice we were created to image. His presence and character transforms us into new creatures who are empowered to represent and live out his new creation plan.
Question 1: Read 2 Corinthians 3:7-18. What stands out to you in this passage?
Question 2: In what ways has God shown you his mercy? What would it look like for you to mirror the mercy that God has shown you?
Question 3: In what ways does God stand up for justice? What would it look like for you to stand up for justice this week?