The Sabbath Year (Leviticus 25:1 – 7)

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Leviticus 25:1 – 7

Questions:

1. If you could take a year off with all expenses paid, what would you like to do?

2. What would be the direct consequences of this year-long sabbath? What effects might such land management have on Israel’s local economy? On their relationship with God?

3. What most excites you about the sabbath year principle? If implemented today, what justice and mercy would be introduced for migrant workers and refugees? Why don’t more nations and communities do this, even on a small-scale?

A Blasphemer Is Stoned (Leviticus 24:10 – 23)

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Leviticus 24:10 – 23

Questions:

1. Recall that childhood boast, “my daddy can beat your daddy”. In what areas was your father “unbeatable”?

2. If your parents had taken “eye for eye” or “tooth for tooth” every time you fought, what would you look like?

3. Define “blasphemy”. Why is this such a serious offense? What lesson do you think the people learned from this event?

4. In what sense do the laws for collecting damages in disputes (verse 17 – 22) limit vengeance?

5. What do these two stories teach you about God’s justice and mercy?

6. When are you tempted to use curses that invoke God’s name?

7. How can you let God be your avenger?

The Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord (Leviticus 24:1 – 9)

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Leviticus 24:1 – 9

Questions:

1. When do you do your best work? Are you one who regularly “burns the midnight oil”?

2. Do you think God really needs oil lamps and bread? How would these things function in the Israelite’s everyday life?

3. How does this help to explain why they are included in the law?

4. Do you burn more energy in your diligence for the Lord or for your own work?

5. What are the important things in your life? How do you give these things to God?