4th Thursday after Easter

Psalm 91, Exodus 32:7–26, Matthew 18:1–9

The Israelites had escaped the Egyptians. ’s to Moses (“You will worship me on this mountain.”) .
And they wandered away.

That the Israelites wandered away probably didn’t surprise Moses all that much. He’d al experienced difficulties at their hands (and mouths). However, apparently, he was surprised—or completely appalled—that Aaron was the apparent facilitator of the people going astray.

“What did these people do to you that you have led them into such a grave ?”

“…For offenses will inevitably come, but woe to that person by whom the offense comes.”

We have a responsibility to and for each other. This is not to say that we are responsible for s per se, but we are responsible when we bring ful behavior to in such a way as they feel led (or pressured) to .

The Israelites that went astray still were responsible for their ions, but that does not mean that those who brought the “in” are not responsible. makes it quite clear that they are responsible.

1) What are some ways that people could be led into despite good motives?

2) Have you ever led someone to , whether purposeful or unaware?

3) How does mutual responsibility fit in regards to the one “bringing” the , and the one committing the ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.