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 064: The Lord in Heaven Laughs (Numbers 23-25)
- Day 065: God’s Provision, by the Numbers: A Devotional with a Spreadsheet (Numbers 26-27)
- A Spurgeon Snapshot: The Daughters of Zelophehad (Numbers 27:1-5)
- Day 066: Of Rams, Lambs, and Silly Women (Numbers 28-30)
- Day 067: Does the Bible Sanction Genocide? (Numbers 31-32)
- Day o68: Divine Desalination (Numbers 33-34)
- Day 069: A Shelter and a Savior (Numbers 35-36)
- Day 070: The Grace of Repeating Yourself (Deuteronomy 1-2)
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.)
- One of the takeaways of the Balaam story is that the power of our words is very limited. We can’t curse what God has blessed and vice versa. Have two volunteers read Mark 11:24 and Romans 4:17. Ask, What would you say to a prosperity gospel Christian who believes we are able to speak things into existence, based on verses like this? (For background to this question, see “Can We Speak Things into Existence?” on gotquestions.org.
- On one hand, you can see Numbers 26-27 as an example of God’s protection of His people in that after forty years, there was almost the same number of Israelites as there were in the first census. On the other hand, you have to wonder how much the Israelites could have multiplied in forty years if they had not rebelled. Which way do you look at it?
- If you are a woman, how does it make you feel that a woman’s oath could be overruled by her husband or father (Numbers 28)?
- Why do you think God has to repeatedly remind His people to worship Him only, and to rest? What us the connection between those two commandments (besides the fact that they are two of the Ten Commandments?)
- Why was God so insistent that His people drive out the Canaanites from the Promised Land?
- Numbers 35 makes a distinction between a murderer and someone who accidentally kills someone else. We make a similar distinction between 1st degree murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. Do you think there should be a difference? Does it surprise you that there is a difference in God’s Law? Why or why not?
- We started Deuteronomy this week. The name of the book literally means “second giving of the law” (deu + torah). Why was a second giving of the law necessary?
- 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?