Miscellaneous Laws (Deuteronomy 21:22 – 22:12)

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Deuteronomy 21:22 – 22:12

Questions:

1. What important thing have you once lost and then found? 

2. What was it like to discover your loss? What was it like to recover your loss? How much time elapsed in between?

3. What do you think was the original purpose of declaring God’s curse on criminals hung on a tree? How does this apply to Jesus’ death on a cross (see Galatians 3:13)?

4. What was the benefit of distinguishing between a mother and her young (chapter 22:6, 7)? Of building a parapet (verse 8)? Or not commingling seed, beast of burden or certain clothing (verses 9, 10)?

5. Have you ever felt cared for in the way that chapter 22:1 – 4 encourages? What happened?

6. What rationale can you find for including in the Bible the seemingly trivial laws listed here?

Additional Comments:

I find it particularly interesting that the laws in Deuteronomy demonstrated God’s concern that nature was to be treated with respect. Chapter 20 verse 19 – it was ordered that those who laid siege to a city were to choose carefully which trees to cut down. Chapter 22 verses 1 through 7 – there were laws to protect donkeys, oxen and birds. God’s concern for the helpless and weak extended to the animal kingdom.

Laws About Marrying Captive Women; Laws Concerning Sons (Deuteronomy 21:10 – 21)

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Deuteronomy 21:10 – 21

Questions:

1. For what would you shave your head?

2. Share an instance of rebelliousness in your childhood and how just (or merciful) your parents were in response to it. How did you feel?

3. Why the severe penalty of rebellious children in verses 18 – 21? What commandment lies behind this regulation (see Deuteronomy 5:16)?

4. What specific passion for God’s justice do you glean from this passage?

5. Do you know of anyone suffering from injustice? How may you help him or her this week?

6. Have you ever felt “disinherited” by family, friends or employers? How can your church family help you handle this?

Laws About Unsolved Murders (Deuteronomy 21:1 – 9)

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Deuteronomy 21:1 – 9

Questions:

1. Who is your favorite fictional detective? Why?

2. How often is homicide involved in his or her “cases”? When and how is the typical mystery solved?

3. Does your government have any homicide laws like what is described in this passage? What is your responsibility when a person is killed by an unknown murderer?

4. Have you ever received an anonymous hate note (or hate mail)? Have you been harmed by someone you didn’t know?

5. From either incident described in question #4, what did you learn about justice? Mercy? Peace? How do you hope to react the next time?