Joshua 3

  1. Work out the order of events, as the people entered the Promised Land.
    Note the parts played by God and by the people.
    What principles for progress in the Christian life are illustrated here?

Map: Click on the map to see the 40kms from Adam to the Arabah (the dead sea.

Map of Israel for the crossing into the promise Land

Map of Israel for the crossing into the promise Land

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Deuteronomy 24 & 25

  1. In chapter 24. The principle behind all these regulations is that of the eight commandment: equity and honesty in all walks of life.
    (a) Make a list of the ways in which this is to be practised according to this chapter.
    (b) Examine your own life by these standards in order to discover points on which you are prone to failure.
  2. What application does Paul make of 25:4? (See 1 Cor. 9:9; 1 Tim. 5:17, 18).
  3. Taking Amalek as a type of ‘the flesh’, that is of our fallen carnal nature, compare what is said here with Exod. 17:14-16; Gal. 5:17, 24.
    (a) When and where is such an enemy most likely to attack, and how ought such an enemy to be regarded by us?

Deuteronomy 6

In Chapter 6-10 Moses outlines some general implications of the Ten Commandments before proceeding to apply them in detail to particular situations.

  1. What was God’s purpose in giving the law, and what was the primary duty of the Israelite?
    What was he to do, and what was he to beware of and not to do? (list them)
  2. Verses 10-15 concern forgetfulness-of-God in a time of prosperity.
    What ways of guarding against this danger can be found either explicit or implicit in this passage?
  3. What insight is given in this chapter into the necessity and method of family religion?

Notes:

  1. . Verse 6. ‘Be upon’ literally ‘imprinted on’.
  2. Verse 13. Alluded to by Christ in answer to Satan (Matt. 4:10).

Numbers 6:22-7:89

  1. What did it mean for Aaron and his sons to ‘put’ God’s name ‘on the Israelites’? How did the blessing effect this? See Deut. 28:9, 10; Dan. 9:18 19; and cf. 1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 13:14.
  2. Notice how often the words ‘offering’ or ‘dedication offering’ are used in chapter 7. The solemnity is emphasized by repetition. In what way is 7:89 a fitting climax to this ‘build-up’? What did it all mean to Israel? Do we ‘offer’ to God in this atmosphere of reverence? What similar climax can we expect when we thus approach God? Cf. Heb. 3:7; 4:16.

 

Note. 6:26. ‘Peace’ (Heb. Shalom) does not mean simply ‘cessation of hostility’. It indicates ‘completeness’, ‘perfection’ or ‘well-being’.

Leviticus 25

  1. How was the year of Jubilee reckoned, and what was its general purpose?
    Are there any corresponding spiritual blessings in Christ?
    And how can we enjoy them? Gal. 2:4; 5:1, 13.
  2. What light is shed in this chapter on the principles governing our relationship to God and to one another in Christ?
    See especially verses 17, 23, 35, 36, 38, 42, 43, 55.

Leviticus 17

There are two main instructions in this portion: first, that all domestic animals which are to be killed shall be brought to the tabernacle (verses 3-9); and second, that no blood must be eaten (verses 10-16). The former of these instructions points to a time when animals were not killed except in connection with worship of some kind.

  1. What would this first instruction (verses 3-9) teach Israel about God?
    Where is it suggested in these verses that this instruction is directed against idolatrous worship?
  2. Why was the eating of blood so strictly forbidden?
    See verse 11 in particular.
    What is the significance of this for us?

Exodus 19 & 20

  1. What revelation is given in these chapters concerning:
    1. The Character of God, and
    2. His purpose for his people.
  2. What are the standards of worship and behaviour that God expects of his people? Try to summarise them briefly in your own words.