July 6, 2017
1. What is Deuteronomy about? Why do we need to be reminded of God’s Word?
2. Do you remember the story that Moses recounts in Deuteronomy 1-3? Re-read it and then look at the following passages to remind yourselves of the promises that God made about the land and the multiplication of his people (Gen. 12:1-7; 15:1-6; 13-21; 26:2-5; 28:12-15). Look also at God’s promises of ‘land’ to Christians (Jn. 14:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:6-8; 1 Pet. 1:3-5). Why is the promise of ‘land’ important?
3. What promises of God do you have trouble trusting and what things do you fear? How much do you think our disobedience is the result of not trusting God? Read Numbers 13 and 14 to remind yourself of why the original members of the Exodus failed to enter the Promised Land.
4. What type of people should be church leaders? (see Deut. 10:17-18; Acts 6:1-6; 20:28-31; Heb. 13:7,17; 1 Tim. 5:17-22; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:1-4). Why?
5. God’s judgment is not a popular topic. Read Numbers 20:2-12 to see why Moses could not enter the land and compare that with Deut. 1:37. Why do you think there is a difference? In Deut. 1:41-45 how does the action of the people show that they do not really repent?
For a New Testament perspective on God’s judgment see: Acts 5:1–11; 1 Cor. 11:30; Heb. 12:3–13; 1 Pet. 4:17; 1 Jn. 5:16.
To find out the purposes of God’s judgment see: Isa. 5:16; 19:22; 30:18; 1Sam. 24:12-15; Ps. 140:12; Rom. 2:12.
In relation to delays in God’s judgment see: Job 24:1-4; 2Pet. 3:9 See also Ps. 74:10-11; 94:2-3; Hab. 1:2-4,13; Acts 17:30; Rom. 3:25; Rev. 6:10.
6. God is God over the nations. Read the detailed accounts of Israel’s interactions with the nations mentioned in Deut. 2 and 3: See Num. 20;14-21, 21;10-13, 21-35. How does this give us hope in the world today?
7. How do you pray for the church leaders that they do not fall into sin? If you are a leader of some sort in church@paravista, how do you make sure you keep obeying God?