Approach: Role playing to understand the emotions of pity, mercy, compassion, and graciousness.

Hermeneutic objective: Observing a sequence of events to understand the immediate and general context of God's statement about His character.

Theological objective: God's compassionate and gracious character is rooted in His abounding agapē love, which is on display through His commitment to fulfilling His covenant promise to Abraham. It is through His agapē love that God's compassion includes mercy and pity, and God's graciousness is evident by His provision of the means to make atonement for both intentional and unintentional sins for the sake of restoring a relationship with Him.