And God passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished…” Exodus 34:6-7a
With the second set of God’s commands on the stone tablets in his hands, Moses hears God proclaim his name and character. God describes himself in words that speak to the deep spiritual needs of the nation he had just rescued. The Israelites, recently freed from 400 years of slavery in Egypt, continually prove themselves to be rebellious and sinful. They need to hear of God’s compassion and grace, his slowness to anger in the face of their sin and his willingness to forgive. Yet, sin must still be punished, and the guilty called to account.
All of who God is and what he does culminates in Jesus on the cross. His compassion and grace are seen as Jesus pays the penalty for our sin, a penalty we could never pay. Our wickedness, rebellion and sin are forgiven because Jesus takes our place. Through the work of Jesus on the cross, we are able to be forgiven if we accept his free gift. This free gift—from the God who is “slow to anger”—allows us to forgive others and be slow to anger ourselves.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Thank our gracious God for the gift of salvation he provides in Jesus. If you have not yet placed your faith and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, do so today. If you need help or have questions, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
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