Redeeming What Is The LORD’s (Leviticus 27)

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Leviticus 27

Questions:

1. Have you ever been to an auction? Did you get the item you wanted? At the price you wanted?

2. Have you ever offered or had to buy back a “lost and found” item? What did you lose? What was its posted reward?

3. What do you see as the purpose of these laws concerning servants, animals, houses or lands?

4. Why do you think it was necessary to set a monetary value on people or things dedicated to the Lord? What does this tell you about the “give and take” of Israel’s relationship with God?

5. Why do you think the people would want to make these gifts to the Lord beyond their regular tithes? What does this tell you about the people? About their relationship with God?

6. What stories do you know of Biblical characters being “dedicated” or “devoted” to the Lord in the special sense intended here?

7. What is something you have recently given to the Lord? Have you ever wanted it back? At what cost? How is this similar to the things dedicated here in this chapter? How is it different?

8. What does this tell you about your value system? Your sense of ownership verse stewardship? Your hope of  “return on investment” in the Lord’s work? (Or do you have no thought of return?)

9. Why do you give things to God? When is it easiest for you to dedicate things to the Lord? When is it most difficult for you?

10. What can you do to overcome this difficulty? What will you do today to begin this process?

Important Note:

In the next post, we will return to the book of Numbers.

Punishment For Disobedience (Leviticus 26:14 – 46)

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Leviticus 26:14 – 46

Questions:

1. How strict were your parents? Did they use the “stick” more than the “carrot”? Or were their “bark” worse than their “bite”? Were the rules and the consequences clearly spelled out?

2. What is the most severe punishment you recall getting from your parents?

3. Why do you think God found it necessary to include this list of punishments in the context with the rewards (verses 1 – 13)?

4. What does it teach you about human nature that one list is substantially longer than the other? How do you feel about that?

5. What new mood is created by making repentance, forgiveness and restoration more explicit (verses 40 – 45)? In what sense does God’s reaffirmation of the covenant  seek the same thing as the list of punishments (verses 14 – 39)

6. In one paragraph, summarize chapter 26 emphasizing how these rewards and punishments would help the people maintain a correct relationship with God.

7. In what two ways are you intentionally like (and unlike) your parents as a disciplinarian?

8. Has human nature changed much since these lists of rewards and punishments were first written? In what ways is today’s church no different from ancient Israel?

9. What do you think would be included in a similar list of “rewards and punishments” drafted by your church elders/pastors (with you and your church in mind)?

10. What is most difficult for you about sustaining a right relationship with God? How can this chapter help you do this?

11. How have you experienced the forgiveness and restoration of God (as specified in verses 40 – 45)? What was this experience like?

Reward For Obedience (Leviticus 26:1 – 13)

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Leviticus 26:1 – 13

Questions:

1. What awards have you received (as a student, athlete, employee, manager, volunteer, etc.)?

2. Why were you given them? Were they worth it?

3. Why does this chapter begin with a list of rewards for obedience (instead of punishments for disobedience)? What does this teach you about human nature? And God’s nature?

4. What rewards for obedience listed here most appeal to you? What kind of life would obedience to God’s law provide?

5. How does this blessed life compare with one promised in Deuteronomy 28:1 – 14?

6. Are the rewards you receive for your faith in God anything like the rewards promised here? If so, how? If not, why?

7. What do your rewards teach you about “cause and effects” in the abundant life?

8. What possible misuses of this doctrine of the abundant life can you foresee? (Does obedience always “pay”? Does abundance always imply obedience?)