First off, I am so sorry about last week’s discussion questions! A small group leader pointed out that they were the same questions as the week before. I know I typed new questions, but somehow an old version overwrote the new version, and that’s why you all had deja vu. But we are going to make it right with these questions.
Rather than a detailed, day-by-day summary, I’m going to continue to point you to resources that will help you unpack the daily readings. They will give you additional helps and insights for each day. Please continue to let me know any suggestions to make this as useful to you as you prepare as possible.
The Unfolding Story Podcast: This is a daily 3-5 minute podcast from Peyton Hill, pastor of FBC Prattville.
The Bible Recap podcast: Typically around nine minutes, this podcast from Tara-Leigh Cobble also provides a concise summary of the day’s readings, focusing on where you see God’s character in the readings.
Links to Blog Posts for this week’s readings from 66in52.com (this site):
- Day 36: Ninety-six words about the Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11)
- Day 037: God’s Command and our Social Media Feeds (Exodus 22-24)
- Day 038: Getting it Exactly Right (Exodus 25-27)
- Day 039: Ear, Thumb, and Big Toe (Exodus 29:19-20)
- Day 039: The Names We Bear Before the Lord (Exodus 28-29)
- Day 040: Where Zeal and Compassion Meet (Exodus 30-32)
- Day 041: Moses’ Choice (Exodus 33-35)
- Day 042: The Artist in the Shadow (Exodus 36-38)
Note to leader, especially if you are using this in Sunday School: Be sensitive to group members who may not have read or are not participating in the reading plan. Make sure you use the summary to help them get their bearings, and use the Scripture references in the parentheses so everyone can look up the passage. Don’t skip questions in bold.
- As you went through the reading this week, what stood out to you? Is there anything you noticed that you had not seen before ? What questions did the readings raise? (Allow group to share their highlights, but resist the temptation to comment, answer questions, or open it up for discussion. You want the group to get comfortable sharing their thoughts, without looking to you to be the expert on everything.)
- How would you describe “the fear of the LORD”? How would a believer define the phrase differently than an unbeliever?
- As you will see throughout the next few weeks, The Ten Commandments are far from the only commandments in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible). In fact, there are 613 laws in Genesis-Deuteronomy. What makes the Ten Commandments distinct?
- If you had to pick the most important commandment, which would it be? Which are the easiest to keep? Which are the easiest to break?
- Ask a volunteer to read Exodus 20:13. Then, ask another volunteer to read Matthew 5:21-22. While the first volunteer still has his Bible open, ask him to read Exodus 20:14. Then ask your second volunteer to read Matthew 5:27-28. Ask, Between Exodus and Matthew, which is harder to keep? Why would Jesus make the law harder to keep than it already was?
- When we get to the long, detailed description of the Tabernacle (Exodus 25-27), our eyes tend to glaze over, and we think “BO-RING.” What do you think God wants to teach us from this passage? How might we be comforted by God’s attention to detail?
- What is the difference between Aaron collecting gold for the golden calf (see Ex. 32:1-5) and Bezalel doing the same for the ark and the tabernacle furnishings (see Ex. 36:1-7).
- Where did the Israelites get all this gold in the first place? (If no one answers, ask a volunteer to read Exodus 12:36). What are some ways people use God’s blessings in ways that dishonor God today?
- As we wrap up, are there any questions you had about anything you read that we haven’t addressed? (Don’t stress if you don’t know the answer. For some questions, there may not be an answer! You can toss the question to the whole group, give your opinion, or promise to research before next week. And always encourage them to post questions in our Facebook group. Pastor James or someone else may have an insight or an answer).
- What action steps or changes do you sense the Lord is leading you to do next week as a result of this study?