- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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?
- Why was the eating of blood so strictly forbidden?
See verse 11 in particular.
What is the significance of this for us?
- What revelation is given in these chapters concerning:
- The Character of God, and
- His purpose for his people.
- What are the standards of worship and behaviour that God expects of his people? Try to summarise them briefly in your own words.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What light do we get from this passage on the kind of man Isaac was?
See 24:63-67; 25:28.
- 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?
- 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.
- Note the foremost place taken by women disciple in the story of the resurrection appearances.
Why should this be (cf. John 14:21)?
Contrast the effect of the news of the resurrection on the disciples with the response of Christ’s enemies recorded in verses 11-15.
How does this prove the truth of Luke 16:30, 31?
- Verses 18-20. Note the fourfold repetition of the word ‘all’ in Christ’s final commission.
What is the threefold task given to the Christian church?
Are we obeying, as we ought to do, in the light of:
(a) Christ’s authority, and
(b) the promise of his presence?