Biblical Text: Exodus 32:7-14
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Encourages us to be honest in our relationship with Scripture, as well as our relationships with God and each other. Provides a safe practice in expressing the difficult emotion of anger.

Items Needed:

Bible. Pen and Paper.

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Read Exodus 32:7-14. Notice that this portion of the Exodus-Wilderness story has two sections:
    • Exodus 32:7-10 — where God commands Moses to speak with anger against the people of Israel
    • Exodus 32:11-13 — where Moses speaks with anger to God about God’s own promises
  2. Summarize Exodus 32:7-14
    • Why is God angry with the people of Israel? What does God want to do to them?
    • What argument does he present to God about why God should not do what God wants to do? Sum up Moses’ argument in on word or a short phrase: What does Moses charge God with?
    • Write out the last sentence of this text: Exodus 32:14. Copy that verse from your Bible onto a separate sheet of paper.
  3. Here’s the “play” part:
    • What would you like to “charge God” with failing to do?
    • Write out a letter to God, arguing that God should repent. (It’s okay, God won’t strike you!) Speak honestly.
    • Read your letter aloud to yourself.
  4. Optional: Try writing “charge” and “repentance” statements from the following characters:

 In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

On Emotions
On Being Uncomfortable
On Discovering Ourselves
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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