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Right and Wrong #2

Good Questions: These Lessons Have Groups Talking

by Josh Hunt www.joshhunt.com

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Exodus 33:16-19 (1)

OPEN

DIG

  1. This passage is a conversation between God and Moses. As we read, look for how God feels about Moses.
  2. Verse 17 says God was pleased with Moses. Do you think he is pleased with lots of Christians, or only a few, special ones?(3)
  3. We are in a series on right and wrong. What difference does it make to the issue of right or wrong wether we are special to God?(4)
  4. God answers Moses by saying, "I will do what you ask." Is this how He always responds to our requests?(5)
  5. What does Moses ask for next? What does he mean? What does he expect to see?
  6. Have you ever asked to see God's glory? Should we?
  7. How does God respond to Moses?
  8. Does anyone know the rest of the story? What happened?

Exodus 34:1, 5(6)

  1. As we read this passage, look for where God's words are written.
  2. We live in world where everything is changing constantly. Is a God who does not change, who writes his commandments in stone, irrelevant in such a world?(7)

Psalm 25:8-10; Psalm 119:65-68; Malachi 3:6 - 7(8)

  1. As we read these three passages, look for what they teach us about God.
  2. Look at Psalm 25:8,9. Who does God instruct, sinners or good people? Why is this?(9)
  3. Psalm 119 says the commands of God are good. Are they good for us or good for God?(10)
  4. Are any commands not good for us?
  5. What are some commands that we have been tempted to think are not so good for us?

James 1:17; 3 John 1:11(11)

  1. As we read this passage from James, look for what we learn about God. As we read this passage from 3 John, look for what we are told to do.
  2. Let's make this practical. What are some ethical issues of right and wrong that you face in your life? Let's make a list on the board.
  3. How do we choose what is right when we are faced with a moral dilemma?
  4. Suppose a friend told you, "I know I tend to stretch the truth. Yet, I don' want to. I can't seem to stop." What would you tell them?
  5. Imagine a friend said, "I know I have a tendency to be gossipy and critical. I don't like that about myself. I don't know how to stop." They want your advice and help. What do you tell them?(12)
  6. Suppose a friend confided with you that he had an addiction to pornography. How would you help him?
  7. Prayer: God we are oh too tempted to believe that we are good people who generally do what is right. As we look at your word, we realize we are sinners, just like the worst of sinners. We are not fundamentally different than the worst of sinners. We were cut from the same bolt of cloth. Yet, in your grace and mercy, you have chosen to accept us and love us and count us as special. We accept your evaluation of us. We accept your grace. We accept the truth that the laws and rules that you have given are for our good. Empower us to live according to your standards. Gives us priests in one another with whom we can confess our sins and find healing. We commit ourselves again to living according to your standard. Forgive us where we have failed. Help us to walk in your path.

1. Exodus 33:16-19

How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"

[17] And the Lord said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."

[18] Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory."

[19] And the Lord said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

2. The invention of the microwave or laptop computer might be two examples.

3. I have a little ritual I go through most every night with Dustin, my 7 year old. I lay down with him to help him get to sleep. He says, "Daddy, will you scratch my back?" I say "No." He says, "Why not?" "Because I only scratch the back of special boys." "But I am a special boy." "But I only scratch the back of double special boys." "But I am a double special boy." "Yes, you are double special boy. I will scratch your back." I scratch his back for a few minutes and he drifts quietly into sleep. Another day is over. Another day with my special boy is gone. I pray for each of my kids and think about how much I love them and how grateful to God I am for them.



I think God is as loving a parent as I am and finds his children to be "special boys [and girls]." Our specialness is not about us; it is about Him.

4. It is nice to know that the one who made the rules is on our side.

5. Thankfully, no.

6. Exodus 34:1,5

The Lord said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.

Then the Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the Lord.

7. Quite the contrary; he is ever more needed and appreciated.

8. Psalm 25:8-10

Good and upright is the Lord;

therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

[9] He guides the humble in what is right

and teaches them his way.

[10] All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful

for those who keep the demands of his covenant.



Psalm 119:65-68

Do good to your servant

according to your word, O Lord.

[66] Teach me knowledge and good judgment,

for I believe in your commands.

[67] Before I was afflicted I went astray,

but now I obey your word.

[68] You are good, and what you do is good;

teach me your decrees.



Malachi 3:6-7

"I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. [7] Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says the Lord Almighty.

"But you ask, 'How are we to return?'

9. There are no good people. It is one of Satan's great lies to convince us that we are the good people. If he can't do that, he convinces us that we are bad and not loved. These go easily together in our minds. The Biblical perspective is that we are sinners loved by God. Real sinners; really loved.

10. We will never behave rightly until we believe they are good for us.

11. James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.



3 John 1:11

Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

12. Here are several ideas. You will want to see that these are touched on. Admitting that you are a sinner is a big first step. Accepting God's standard as right and good for me is another. The Bible also speaks of the importance of confessing our sins one to another. No healing is promised to the person who confesses their sin to God, but not to another human being. (James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.) Here is another good point: if you can avoid the temptation, you can avoid the sin. One last point: overcome evil with good. It is the principle of replacement. Nature abhors a vacuum. We must replace evil with good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

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