As I recently was studying Exodus, I noted something I always read over without seeing in my previous readings. I missed what the Lord said to Aaron. I usually was so focused on the interaction between God and Moses. So much of the text references what the Lord commands Moses, and the responses to the excuses Moses makes to God.
In verse 14, “the LORD’s anger burned against Moses.” He continued to make excuses despite the signs God had showed him. The Lord says, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you.” I’ve read this many times. But as we continue reading, we read about a special discussion the Lord has with Aaron in verse 27—a moment when God commands Aaron to meet his brother. It was at this meeting, that God brought together the two brothers to do this great work He planned long ago.
When God spoke to Moses, He knew Aaron was on his way. He also knew the voice Aaron had, because it was a voice that He gave him. So often we drag our feet when the Lord calls us. We settle for doing little when God has something great for us to do for His kingdom. Today, listen closely for His leading. Trust that He has already cleared the path. And then walk in it.
“Now the LORD had said to Aaron, ‘Go out into the wilderness to meet Moses.’ So Aaron went and met Moses at the mountain of God, and he embraced him.” – Exodus 4:27 [NLT]
[The Good Samaritan: Luke 10:25-37]
Compassion – Deep awareness of the sufferings or misfortunes of another with a desire to relieve it.
Verse 37 – And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.” [NASB]
Mercy – eleos (el’-eh-os) – pity, mercy, compassion, tender mercy, kindness
Same – homoiós (hom-oy’-oce) – In like manner, similarly, in the same way, equally
Psalm 86:15 – “But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.” [NLT]
Compassion – Rachum – (rakh-oom’) – compassionate, full of compassion
Jesus expressed compassion to:
- Weary (Matthew 11)
- Tempted (Hebrews 2)
- Helpless (Mark 9)
- Sorrowful (Luke 7)
- Multitudes (Matthew 15)
Zechariah 7:9 – “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another.” [ESV]
Colossians 3:12 – “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” [HCSB]
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer
Bible Study Questions:
1) Before the Parable was told, Jesus was tested by a lawyer. The lawyer answered correctly about the Law (v. 27). He knew what God’s Word said. Jesus said, “Do this, and you will live.” What was the “do this”?
2) The lawyer intended to justify himself and asked, “Who is my neighbor”? In the last verse of the passage, Jesus asks him who was his neighbor. Which fellow from the Parable was the neighbor? What did he do for the man?
3) What did the compassionate fellow do for the man that can remind us of the unfailing, unending compassion of our God? (See verse 35)
4) What do you think it means to be compassionate toward someone? Was there a time in your life when you did this to another? Was there a time when someone showed compassion to you?
5) Jesus showed compassion to all people, and these people each lived in various circumstances. How can we show compassion to the
- Weary –
- Tempted –
- Helpless –
- Sorrowful –
- Multitudes –
More Than A Story is a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on the parables of Jesus.