THE STORY: The Message of God’s Love
Chapter #6: Wandering
As we come to the conclusion of this week of study over chapter 6, review yourself by asking the following questions. Please remember that we will have our first Second Sunday Study Session for Souls Seeking Solutions this Sunday (the 2nd Sunday of February) in the Family Room from 3:30-4:30. This is open to anyone seeking a closer relationship with God. Park in the parking lot on the south side of the 7th and Mueller building and enter through the doors by carport #2. Hope to see you Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, here’s your review.
I. God’s People Complain (Pg. 57-59 of THE STORY)
1. What do you think was the root cause of most of the Israelites’ problems? Why?
2. How did God respond to the people’s lack of faith?
3. Have you ever felt as if you were ‘wandering in a desert’ – spiritually or emotionally?
4. How was the gift of quail both a blessing & a punishment from God?
5. Did the people have a right to complain about boring food? Why or why not?
6. God wants us to be grateful for what He gives us & to trust Him. Comment on this statement.
II. Problems within the Family of Moses (Pg. 59-60 of THE STORY)
1. Explain the problems behind prejudice & envy.
2. Do you ever feel envious of someone else? If so, what do you do about it?
3. Why do you think Moses ask God to heal his sister? What does this say about the man Moses?
4. How would you summarize what Miriam & Aaron learn most about God in this passage?
III. Moses Sends Out Spies (Pg. 60-63)
1. Why did the 10 spies bring back a discouraging report? Why was the 2 spies report encouraging?
2. Why was it so easy for the people to side with the 10 spies?
3. Imagine that you are the oldest son/daughter of Caleb. What things do you think Caleb might talk with you about upon his return from Canaan? What kinds of feelings might you experience?
4. At the end of this story how would you summarize the biggest problem/challenge facing Moses?
IV. Moses Strikes the Rock (Pg. 63-64)
1. What do you learn from Moses’ leadership throughout this difficult period? How did he display frustration & faith?
2. Moses had obeyed God all his life. Now he was punished for this one mistake. Was his punishment fair or too harsh? Why?
3. What do you think the people thought when they heard that their leader would not finish the trip?
V. Aaron Dies; Snakes within the Camp (Pg. 64-65)
1. Keeping in mind the lessons he may have learned, suppose Aaron was allowed to live his life over again. What do you think he would most want to change and how?
2. Why is God so radically opposed to sin?
3. How is God’s reply to this round of grumbling different from past replies?
4. Obeying the command regarding the snake on the pole saved the people. What does this remind you of?
5. With the incident of the bronze snake in mind, review the words of Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:14-15. As a teacher of Israel, Nicodemus would know well the story of the snakes. After hearing the words of Jesus, what questions/conclusions do you think came to his mind?
VI. The Talking Donkey & God’s People Defeat the Amorites (Pg. 65-66)
1. How does this victory once again build up the faith of God’s people?
2. What would you think & do if an animal talked to you? Why did the angel want to stop Balaam?
3. In the story of the talking donkey, God intervened. How does God intervene today?
VII. God’s People Sin with the Moabite Women (Pg. 66-67)
1. God’s people could not be defeated unless it was from the INSIDE. Comment on this statement.
2. What do you think were the most important factors that brought about this sinful behavior?
3. What risks would you say Phinehas is taking by the actions he pursues?
VIII. Joshua to be the Next Leader (Pg. 67-68)
1. If Joshua had been in training for years, why would he need to be told to “be strong and courageous” several times?
IX. Moses Speaks to the People (Pg. 68-70)
1. Why are parting words so important?
2. For the people, what was going to be the most difficult part of going on without Moses?
X. Moses Looks Over the Promised Land (Pg. 70-71)
1. Pretend you are Moses. What is going through your mind as your look over the Promised Land?
Hope you enjoy this review. See you Sunday @ 3:30! …Michael Cox