Letting Christ Transform You From The Inside Out
God made sure to communicate clearly with Moses. What do you think about the detail that God provided to Moses (and to the people of Israel) regarding how to live in harmony with one another? What does this tell you about the character of God?
Consider the following passages:
Exodus 22:22 How does God feel about the exploiting of widows?
Exodus 23:1 - 13 What does God say about how we are to treat our enemy's animals, etc.?
Exodus 23:19 - What does this tell you about the "justice" of God?
Exodus 23:19 - Why would God say to not cook a young goat in its mother's milk? What does this tell you about God's empathy and heart? Why does this matter?
We are introduced to this concept and will keep hearing about it all through the rest of the Torah (the first 5 books of the bible). Jesus, himself, paid "our" ransom. He "bought us back" from our dire destiny (where Satan had authority over us, we lived in a fog, and we were diseased with sin). Even the concept of being kidnapped can be referred to here. In fact, we will later see how God feels about kidnappers.
Do some research in the bible and look up "kidnappers". Use the NLT version of the bible if other versions don't have that exact word.
This was a very sad day for Israel. Why do you think they did this?
How did God respond to his "new wife - Israel" committing adultery like this on Him?
How would you feel if someone you were in a convenant relationship with committed adultery on you?
How did Moses respond? What does this tell us about how Moses views and feels about these people?
What did these parables say to you? What do you think it means to "keep watch"?
How connected is the king to what his subjects are feeling? If one of them is abused, does the king feel it?
How does this make you feel?
What did you learn about Jesus here?
What does he ask for? What is he willing to do? How deeply in distress was he at the thought of leaving both his beloved disciples along and all those who still needed to come to know him?
The text says that his tears were like "drops of blood". There is actually a medical condition where this occurs. In extreme stess our capillaries on our face can rupture and out tears will have blood in them. This shows the amount of distress he was in.
Yet, after praying, he was ready to face his abuse and death.
How much are you worth to Jesus?