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’.

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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.

 

Exodus 12:1-36

  1. Why did the angel of death pass over the houses of the Israelites?
    How does this illustrate our redemption in Christ?
    Cf. 1 Pet. 1:18, 19.
  2. How were the Israelites to use the lamb’s blood and its flesh?
    What is the New Testament counterpart if this?
    Why was unleavened bread used?
    Cf. 1 Cor. 5:6-8; 2 Tim. 2:19.

Genesis 32:3-32

  1. What is good, and what is defective in Jacob’s prayer in verses 9-12?
    Was he relying most on God, or on his own resourcefulness?
    If the former, ought he to have been so greatly afraid (verse 7)?
    Cf. Mark 4:40; 5:36.
  2. What is suggested by the picture of wrestling with God?
    How far does God bless us only when we echo Jacob’s prayer in verse 26?
    What are the costs and the rewards of such a prayer?
    Did Jacob prevail by his own strength, or by faith? Cf. Hos. 12:3, 42.

Genesis 24:61-25:34

  1. What light do we get from this passage on the kind of man Isaac was?
    See 24:63-67; 25:28.
  2. Contrast Jacob and Esau, as described in 25:27-34, in their habits, character and spiritual outlook.
    What lesson is drawn in Heb.
    12:14-17 from Esau’s conduct in regard to his birthright?
  3. Review Abraham’s life.
    What gives him an outstanding place in world history and makes him a conspicuous example to us all?
    Cf. Is.14:8; Gal. 3:9, 29.