Have you ever found yourself in a spiritual wilderness, where you felt alone and unsure of what to do next? As we focus on Numbers and Deuteronomy, we are reminded that Israel followed God into the wilderness and learn from their journey: Bless, Listen, Love. Listen as Paul Kiss unpacks these passages as we discover that God blesses those who listen to his call and follow his law of love.
Moses and Jesus: Part 2
Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: January 27, 2019
Blessing and Presence (Numbers)
Listen and Love (Deuteronomy)
Words for today:
1. Have you ever found yourself in the spiritual wilderness, where you felt alone and unsure of what to do next? What was that like? Are you still there? If not, how did you come out of the wilderness?
2. Israel followed God into the wilderness but had difficulty trusting him, (Numbers 11-14). How is this indicative of an individual’s spiritual journey of following Jesus? How might this way of looking at Israel’s story be helpful?
3. Read Genesis 12:1-3 and 15:7. How does God promise to “bless” Abraham? How do we see these promises being fulfilled in the stories found in Exodus through Deuteronomy?
4. Read Deuteronomy 4:1; 5:1; 6:3; 6:4-9. Two verbs are repeated in these passages: Hear/Listen and Obey. The Hebrew word for “hear” (Shema) carries the notion of action. You haven’t listened until you’ve acted on what you heard. How does this apply to your own spiritual maturity? Where is God inviting you to listen?
5. In Deuteronomy, God’s blessing is associated with obedience to his commands and cursing is associated with disobedience. How is this true in the life of a believer or the life of a community? Think of examples.
6. God’s blessing on Abraham was in order for his descendants to be a blessing to the entire world. This was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus. If we too are blessed by God, in Jesus Christ, how can we be a blessing to others? Will they receive our ideas as a blessing? Why/Why not?
1. Watch the videos from The Bible Project on the Torah: Watch Here.
2. Read 1Corinthians 10 and reflect on how the story of Israel in the wilderness carries lessons for your own spiritual maturity and lifestyle.