- What do verses 1-21 teach us about making offerings which are pleasing to God?
- Why was there no way of atonement for the person who sinned ‘defiantly’?
What does this mean?
Cf. Mark 3:28, 29; Heb. 10:26-31, 39; Ps. 19:13.
- Notice by whom the deliberate law-breaker had to be dealt with and in what way.
Cf. Matt. 18:15-17; 1 Cor. 5; Heb. 12:15.
Why is such church discipline so little is practiced?
Note. Verse 38. ‘Tassels’: these were made of twisted thread and attached by a blue ribbon to the robe, to remind the wearer of the commandments of the Lord, and of his obligation to keep them.
- Israel were made very sure of God’s guidance.
Without the actual symbols of cloud and fire, can we claim the same assurance?
Cf. Acts 16:6-10; Rom. 8:14. Why the repetition of the world ‘at the Lord’s command’?
- Notice the correspondences and the differences between 10:14-28 and 2:3-31.
What is there in chapter 10 to show that, although God led and protected the children of Israel, he did not expect them to be utterly passive and to do nothing for themselves?
- What was the significance of the trumpets (10:1-10)? Cf. Lev. 23:24; Num. 29:1.It has been said, ‘When God remembers, he acts’. Cf. Gen. 8:1; 19:29; 30:22.
Note. 10:35, 36. These were the words uttered publicly by Moses at the beginning and end of each day’s journey. Note their expression of dependence on God’s protection and desire for his abiding presence.