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- What was your favorite holiday as a child? Now that you are older, has it changed? Why?
2. If you had to lose one of your physical senses, which would be the hardest to give up? Which would be the easiest?
3. What kinds of things are offered to the Lord (chapter 45:13 – 15)? On what occasions does the prince pay for the sacrifices (chapter 45:17)? What were the three public “festivals” in Israel (see Exodus 23:14 – 16)?
4. What had to be done every New Moon, the first day of Israel’s lunar month (chapter 45:18)? How often are the Sabbaths celebrated? How do they celebrate Passover (chapter 45:21 – 24)? What feast falls in the seventh month (chapter 45:25; see also Numbers 29:12)?
5. Why do you think the east gate is open only on Sabbaths and New Moons (chapter 46:1)? Why is the prince given special treatment (chapter 46:2 and 3)? Is it fair for him to “foot the bill” for so many animals (chapter 46:4 – 7)? In what way is he humbled (chapter 46:10)?
6. Why do you think the animals had to be without defect (chapter 46:13)? What was the lesson to Israel?
7. What rule does God give the prince about giving away land (chapter 46:16, 17)? What is the “year of freedom” (see Leviticus 25:10)? Is it fair to force a poor servant to give land back to the children of kings? What had the kings tended to do (chapter 46:18)?
8. Why did the priest cook the offerings (chapter 46:23 and 24)?
9. Imagine you are an Israelite worshiping in the Temple. What do you see, hear, smell and taste? What effect does such a service have on you? What effect do you think the Lord wants to produce? How does this effect compare to the ones at your church?
10. Israel worshiped the Lord by offering Him things. What can we offer Him? Could you afford one-tenth of your time every day (2.4 hours)?
11. Can you think of a Christian equivalent to Passover? The Feast of Harvest (Weeks)? The Feast of Ingatherings (Booths)? Sabbath? New Moon?
12. Does your relationship with God contain as much celebration as Israel’s did? Should it?