Deuteronomy: The Book of Obedience
September 18, 2016 • Michael Wilburn
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. What commitment is inherent in the phrase, "the Lord our God"? It is used about 300 times in Deuteronomy. What expression do you use describing your relationship with God? 2. Read Deuteronomy 10:12-13. Does God require this of you? How telling are these commands as a description of your life? How were the commands for Israel's good? 3. If you are a Christian parent, how does Deuteronomy 6:7-9 and 11:18-21 influence the way you teach your children? Is there one step you can take to teach them better? 4. What is the significance of the land of promise in the book of Deuteronomy? What does the land mean for Israel’s obedience and for Israel's prophetic future?
Numbers: The Book of Wandering
September 11, 2016 • Michael Wilburn
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. Does God’s judgment on the older generation of Israel seem harsh to you (See Numbers 14:34)? What about God’s judgment of Korah’s rebellion? Do you worship a God of wrath and judgment as well as one of grace and forgiveness? 2. Discuss the test for adultery in Numbers 5. How is “jealousy” defined in this context? In what way does the practice make you feel uncomfortable or comfortable? How would you explain this law to a friend? 3. What do you frequently complain about? What does your murmuring communicate about God and his provision for your needs? As a 4. Christian how do you sift between righteous and unrighteous complaints? 4. How is the Gospel communicated in the book of Numbers?
Leviticus: The Book of Holiness
September 4, 2016 • Michael Wilburn
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. Hebrews is an inspired NT commentary on Leviticus. How does the book of Hebrews speak of Jesus as the High Priest? 2. Leviticus teaches that God is interested in every aspect of his people’s lives. What areas of life have you excluded God? 3. Since God desires his people to be holy (Lev 19:2), how are you living a holy, set apart life? 4. Does the book of Leviticus teach the Gospel? How so?
Exodus: The Book of Deliverance
August 21, 2016 • Michael Wilburn
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: 1. What is the Decalogue and the “Book of the Covenant”? Where are they found in Exodus? 2. How do the 10 plagues correspond to the Egyptian gods? How does this answer Pharaoh’s question, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go” (Ex. 5:2)? 3. Describe Moses as a leader. What were his strengths and weaknesses? How do you identify with his leadership? 4. The Tabernacle (Ex. 25-40) functioned as the nexus of God’s relationship to his people. How does God relate to mankind today? As a Christian how do you commune with God?
Genesis: The Book of Beginnings
August 14, 2016 • Michael Wilburn
APPLICATION QUESTIONS: • What can you say about God from the book of Genesis? If Genesis were the only biblical book accessible to you how much would you understand about the Gospel? • The biblical flood has become a sensationalized epic (Gen 6-9). Have you considered the horror of the worldwide flood? How do you feel about a God who destroyed all created life outside of a single boat. How does that inform your view of eternal judgment? • Who is responsible for the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:3)? God or Abraham? • Do you believe God is sovereign? What stories in Genesis reveal God’s sovereignty? How does this belief influence your view of God’s work in your life?