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1. What period of history are you glad you weren’t around for? Why was it so bad?
2. Did you never rebel as a teenager? As a preteen? Young adult? Older adult? What was or is the issue that most concerns you about this?
3. The long, historical Psalm 105 focused on God’s covenant. What does this one bring to light (verse 6)? For what “salvation” is the psalmist waiting (verses 4 and 5)? At what point in time was this written (verse 41)?
4. Eight examples of rebellion are given. Is the psalmist taking responsibility for his sins (verse 6)? Why does he link himself up with the sins of his ancestors? What sin comes first (verse 7; see Exodus 14:10 – 12)? Why did God save them (verse 8)? Does their opposition hinder God’s power in any way?
5. Why is Israel so forgetful (verse 13)? How could anyone doubt God after having passed through the Red Sea?
6. What did the people crave (verses 14 and 15; see Numbers 11:4 and 5, 32 – 34)? Why do people get cravings? Are they wrong? Why did God punish them for this one?
7. Who were Dathan and Abiram (verses 16 – 18; see Numbers 16:12 – 14, 26 – 33)? What sin deserved so severe a punishment?
8. What rebellion led God to say He would destroy the people (verses 19 – 23)? Why does the psalmist locate this at Horeb? What is at the heart of Moses’ intercession (see Exodus 32:11 – 13)? What difference does it make?
9. What report did 10 of the 12 spies give on the land of Canaan (see Numbers 13:25 – 29)? In what sense was the land filled with “giants” or was this a metaphor? What is so wrong about believing the majority report (verses 25 – 27)?
10. What started Baal-worship during the wilderness wanderings (verses 28 – 31; see Numbers 25:1 – 13)? How can women so easily turn the hearts of men (see 1 Kings 11:4 – 6)? Why don’t the men seem to turn the pagan women toward God?
11. What “trouble” came to Moses because of the rebellion at Meribah (verses 32 and 33; see Deuteronomy 32:48 – 52)? What happened (see Numbers 20:2 – 13)?
12. Over the course of 600 years in Canaan, what did the Israelites fail to do (verses 34 – 39)? How did they “sacrifice” their children (see Jeremiah 7:30, 31)?
13. What punishment befits their disobedience (verses 40 – 43)? Where was God during the sentence of judgment? How is Yahweh’s loyalty and love contrasted to Israel’s? How does God’s love prevail?
14. How does this full confession of sin give the psalmist confidence in God’s power to save (verses 47 and 48)? What attitude comes after confession?
15. How can you “maintain justice” in your part of the world?
16. Are you experiencing God’s favor now? Is unconfessed sin standing in the way? Do you have a time for confession at church? Why is it important to confess sins to other believers (see James 5:16)?
17. Is it hard for you to take full responsibility for your mistakes and failures? Are other people, things or circumstances usually to blame? Is it easier at work? At home? In what area are you avoiding responsiblity now?
18. Are you responsible for the sins of your parents’? Are your parents’ sins passed on in you? In what ways?
19. Does forgiveness ever remove the consequences of sin? Why or why not? When have you suffered serious consequences even after being forgiven?
20. Has impatience ever yielded harmful and lasting results? When did you think your solution was the only one? Has the desire to fix the problem blinded you to reality? What happened? Could you have waited for God’s counsel?
21. How do you feel about making mistakes? Do you “rake yourself over the coals”, or do you see them as opportunities to grow? What’s good about taking your share of the blame? How can it influence your children and others around you?