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1. When, if ever, have you tried bribing you parents for a favor?
2. In this trial scene, who is the accused? The prosecutor? Chief witnesses? Judge and jury?
3. What make God’s case against Israel so convincing (verses 2 – 5)? What evidence do Moses, Aaron and Miriam provide? What did Balak counsel and Balaam answer? How does the “journey from Shittim to Gilgal” (Joshua 2 – 4) strengthen God’s case?
4. Under cross-examination, what does the accused have to say (verses 6 – 8)? What does their silence imply? Are they guilty as charged? Why?
5. What recompense can the accused offer? Why is such up-to-date religion inadequate?
6. What will the Lord accept instead? Why?
7. On what would you base a case against God (verse 1)? Would it hold up in His court of justice and mercy?
8. What does it mean to “act justly” and “love mercy” and “walk humbly”? Are you obeying? What requirements have you added to verse 8 in your own view of “what is good” for your life? Are these really from God?