06/26 — HOPE for hard heart (ch 3). Exodus 32:1-35
Lesson Objective: To discover the sources of a hardened heart and commit to renewing a vibrant relationship with God.
Scripture: Exodus 32:1-35. The Israelite does not obey God’s commandment and made a golden calf to worship it as God.
1. SELFISH IMPATIENCE (EXODUS 32:1)
2. MISDIRECTED WORSHIP (EXODUS 32:2–6).
3. RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION (EXODUS 32:7–29).
4. RENEWED PURPOSE (EXODUS 32:30–35)
Hardened Heart – resistance to or rejection of God’s Word and/or his will.
a. Describe the last time you experienced a hardened heart. What caused it?
b. The Israelites grew spiritually impatient. They didn’t want to wait for Moses to return from his meeting with God; they didn’t want to waste time on their way to the Promised Land. We have the same problem – we grow impatient when God doesn’t do things according to our schedules. We get angry when we don’t understand why the journey is taking so long. We begin to question God’s love for us. Discuss some of the reasons people grow impatient with God. List responses on the board.
c. Describe a time when you have been impatient with God. how did your impatience affect your spiritual life?
d. Maybe you’ve never melted your jewelry to make a golden calf, but you might have allowed something in your life to become more important than your relationship with God. What are some of those things that have displaced God in your life.
e. What are the three things God has done for you in the past that can serve as reminders of his love for you?
“Is your heart hard? Take it to your Father. You’re only a prayer away from tenderness. You live in a hard world, but you don’t have to live with a hard heart.”