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1. In your present position, over what domain do you rule? What appeals to you about ruling your roost? Are you like the fox in charge of the hen-house or a roaring lion, king of all beasts?
2. In tackling anything new (friends, job, sport, investments, etc.) are you a high risk-taker or a steady plodder toward your goal? Cite an example.
3. What does the rambling of this chapter sound like?
- angry street corner preacher
- learned political scientist professor
- wise grandma
- police captain
- other: _____________________
4. What is the point of all this “law and order” talk? Who is the intended audience: top brass? the ruling class? the upper class? victims of injustice? teachers? parents? Why do you think so?
5. What law is to be upheld? How is it to be applied? What abuses of that law and their victims are singled out here?
6. What point is made more vivid by the “lion” figure of speech (verses 1 and 15)? By the “driving rain” (verse 3)?
7. Who are the “wicked”? What is their behavior like? What impact do they have on others (verses 1, 4, 5, 12, 15, 28)? What will be their consequences (verses 8 – 11, 13 – 15, 17, 18, 22, 27)?
8. When this justice prevails, what will the poor be and do (verses 6, 8, 11, 19, 20)?
9. What is the message in all this for rulers, teachers, parents, pastors/ministers and for those who follow them (verses 2, 7, 10, 13, 16, 18, 20, 24)?
10. Why confess or renounce sins? Why not cover them up (verses 13, 14, 17)? Why not wait for someone to expose or rebuke the sin (verse 23), in the hope that will buy time or save face?
11. What is the difference between (a) trusting in self (verse 26), (b) self-confidence and (c) trusting in the Lord (verse 25)? Which trust is foolish? Commendable? Prosperous? Which trust level is higher for you? (a), (b), or (c)?
12. Which half of verses 6, 19 and 20 are true for you? In what way is it “better” to be poor? In what way can one be rich and blameless, or rich and unpunished?
13. How is verse 17 a commentary on these Bible stories? How were these characters tormented by their guilt? How can one be rid of this torment?
- Cain and Abel
- Saul and David
- Judas and Jesus
- Saul and the early Christians
14. Of what do we “rob” parents (verse 24): their life savings? their dignity? their jobs? What kind of parent robbery is tantamount to “murder” (as in verse 17)?
15. Whose favor is to be gained in verse 23? What will this favor gain you and when? Is it worth waiting for in the situation facing you?
16. Ruling and leading occur often in this chapter. Of the many “rulers” (verse 2) you have (at work, home, church, state), how do you make sense or maintain order in all that? Who is it that you are following and obeying? Are you sure of where you are being led (verse 10)? Do you really want to go “there”? What allegiance for you is the integrating one?