March 5, 2023

The Character of God: Gracious

Passage: Exodus 34:6-7

We are looking at a verse in the Old Testament where God speaks to Moses and reveals something about himself. It wasn’t a high point in Israel’s history when everything in their relationship with God was perfect. This encounter with God came at a low point where the people had rejected God, made an idol to worship and were as far from God as they had ever been. And yet, this is the time God chooses to reveal himself.

The word grace is sometimes translated favour. There is something in the way Bible authors use this word that expresses a blessing, a favour being shown from one person to another. And it has particularly to do with gifts – not birthday gifts or gifts of thanks. To be gracious means to show someone favour motivated by your delight in them or in order to bring them delight.

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