Exodus 33-34 Bible Study Questions

Exodus 33-34 Bible Study Questions

  1. Why did the Lord tell Moses He would not go with them to the promised land, but instead an angel would accompany them?
  2. What was the response of the people to this consequence given by the Lord?
  3. What would happen between Moses and the Lord in the tent of meeting and why was Moses the only one given the privilege of this type of relationship? (See also Numbers 12:1-8; Deuteronomy 34:10)
  4. Israel’s sin had robbed them of the presence of the Lord. How does sin rob people of the presence of the Lord today?
  5. For what did Moses plead with the Lord in Exodus 33:12-17? Why?
  6. Why do you think Moses asked to see God’s glory?
  7. What do we learn about God when He reveals his glory to Moses?
  8. How might the revelation of God’s glory be a personal remedy for a broken heart in the face of discouragement and disappointment of our sin and the sin of others?
  9. What do we learn about God’s character in His proclamation of his name in Exodus 34:5-6?  Which of these attributes do you find especially encouraging or challenging?
  10. How was the covenant made by God in Exodus 34:10-28 evidence of his forgiveness of the people?
  11. Why was it important that the Israelites not make a treaty with the current inhabitants of the promise land?
  12. What previous commands were repeated from earlier covenantal instruction given by the Lord?
  13. What happened to Moses’ face when he spent time with God?  What would be the possible motivations to wear a veil when he spoke to the people about the commands of God?

Application:

  1. How has the presence of the Lord in my life brought me blessing and comfort?  How did Jesus make it possible for me to be in the presence of the Lord?
  2. Are there any current patterns of sin in my life that inhibit my ability to enjoy the presence of the Lord?
  3. How has God revealed his glory to me personally?
  4. How is God calling me to live “set-apart” from the world and what worldly practices are a common temptation to compromise on living for God’s glory?