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2017 Series

Monday, February 19, 2018: Matthew 26

Sometimes churches are reluctant to spend money on what seem like “luxuries”–new organs, beautiful altar cloths, etc.

How does the disciples’ complaint about the anointing at Bethany relate to this? What light do Christ’s words shed on this?

Jesus and His disciples are celebrating the Passover,which commemorates God delivering the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt.

In Christ, what kind of slavery does God deliver us from?

The Passover meal brought a past event to life in the lives of participants. Does the Lord’s Supper do something like this?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018: Matthew 27-28

How are you and I like Barabbas? Why does Jesus cry out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”? What is the ultimate punishment for sin? How did Jesus save us from that punishment? Scripture is filled with "Fear Nots" (Mt 28:10). What is the basis for that divine declaration? How does Christ encourage and equip us to implement the Great Commission (Mt 28:18-20)

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Numbers 1-2

What was the purpose of the census that Moses and Aaron took? Would a church today take such a census? How is the relationship between the church and the state different today than it was in the Book of Numbers?

. When Israel is camped, which way do the people face? What does this tell us about the “direction” our lives should be facing?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Thursday, February 22, 2018: Numbers 3-4

In Israel, clergy were born, not made. There was a priestly tribe, the Levites, who took care of the worship. How is this different from our way of acquiring clergy? What does the New Testament mean when it says that all believers are priests?

What is the meaning of incense in Israelite worship? How do you think the Tabernacle smelled? Beyond the “room deodorizer” function, how does incense represent prayer?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Friday, February 23, 2018: Numbers 5-6

Why were people with skin diseases and discharges excluded from the Israelite community? Could this have had a “quarantine” function? In the New Testament, such things make us unclean? What does make us unclean?

. Why does Aaron’s benediction mention “Yahweh” (the LORD) three times? What do Christian’s believe about God? The benediction mentions God’s “face”–for the Christian, whose face would this ultimately be?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Saturday, February 24, 2018: Numbers 7-8

Why are there so many animal donations at the Tabernacle dedication? What was the main ritual in ancient Israelite worship? Why is our worship today is so different?

(Hint: Jesus is “the Lamb of God”).

Why is the lampstand described as if it were a tree (with golden flowers)? What are some important trees in the Bible? How does the lampstand remind us of these trees?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Monday, February 26, 2018: Numbers 9-10

How did the people know that God was in the Tabernacle? How do we know that God dwells among us?

As in so many things, when the people set forth on their journey, Judah goes first. Why does Judah always seem first? What tribe produced the royal dynasty? What tribe was Jesus, the King of Kings, born from?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018: Numbers 11-12

When Moses feels that he is at the “end of his rope” and can no longer go it alone, what does God do? Do pastors and church leaders sometimes try to go it alone? Is this a good idea?

Since Miriam and Aaron’s objection to Moses involves his marriage to a woman from Cush (Ethiopia), might racial prejudice be involved? Since the three of them are brothers and sister, does this dispute tell us something about family tensions?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018: Numbers 13-14

Why do the spies discourage Israel from entering into the Holy Land? What does this say to us about the challenges we sometimes face in our lives?

. What kind of “minority report” do Joshua and Caleb present about the Holy Land? Why is the perspective of Joshua and Caleb different from that of the other spies?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Thursday, March 1, 2018: Numbers 15; Psalm 90

What kind of sacrifice is offered for “unintentional sins”? How are our “unintentional sins” taken away today?

What rather grim fact does Psalm 90 tell us about human life? How should we react to this fact according to the Psalm?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Friday, March 2, 2018: Numbers 16-18

What complaints do Korah and company have against Moses? How do we sometimes react when our expectations and hopes are disappointed?

Aaron’s budding staff shows God bringing forth life where life is impossible. Can you think of other examples of this from the Bible–stories involving Abraham and Sarah, the Virgin Mary, Jesus Himself? How about in the lives of sinners like you and me?

How were the Levites supported in their ministry? How does this remind us of our responsibilities in supporting the church’s ministry?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Saturday, March 3, 2018: Numbers 19-20

What makes us unclean according to Numbers 19?Is this still true today (think of Jesus taking the little girl by the hand and telling her to arise)? How do we regard the bodies of our dead?2. How does Moses disobey God in striking the rock? What was the consequence of Moses’ disobedience?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Monday, March 5, 2018: Numbers 21-22

Why did Moses make a bronze serpent in the wilderness? In John 3:15 (immediately before the Bible’s most beloved verse!), Jesus compares Himself to the serpent in the wilderness. Why would He make this odd comparison?

What does Balak hire Balaam to do? What does Balaam’s donkey see that Balaam doesn’t?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018: Numbers 23-24

Balaam doesn’t do what he was hired to do. What does he do instead? Why?

What New Testament event is suggested by the verse “A star shall come out of Jacob “(24:17)?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018: Numbers 25-26

At Moses’ command, the people Israel respond to idolatry with violence. Would we respond the same way today? Why or why not?

We already encountered a census of the Israelite people–what had happened that made it necessary to take another census?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Thursday, March 8, 2018: Numbers 27-28

Moses glimpses the Holy Land from a mountaintop but will not be allowed to enter it. His successor, Joshua, will lead the people into the Land. “Joshua” is the same name as “Jesus”. What point might this make about what Jesus does for us?

Every day a lamb was sacrificed in the morning and the evening to God. Why are morning and evening especially appropriate times for prayer?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Friday, March 9, 2018: Numbers 29-30

These chapters describe many kind of animal sacrifices. Why don’t Christians continue to offer animal sacrifices to God?

The Israelites had a list of festivals they celebrated, even as Christianity has a “church calendar”. Why is it a good thing to set aside specific days to remember and celebrate what God has done? What are some examples of vows that people make today? Why does God regard it as important for us to keep vows? When his step-daughter Salome danced at his birthday party, King Herod vowed to give her anything she asked for. Prompted by her mother, she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter! What does this tell us about carelessly and thoughtlessly making vows? What kind of vows does God make to us? How do we know He will keep them?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Saturday, March 10, 2018: Numbers 31-32

Israel’s treatment of Midian is rather reminiscent of how ISIS or other Middle Eastern terror groups operate. Can we justify it?

Is it helpful to “spiritualize” the Old Testament war/massacre stories into exhortations to “spiritual warfare”?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Monday, March 12, 2018: Numbers 33-34

Chapter 33 is a very detailed itinerary of Israel’s journey from Egypt through the wilderness. If you looked back on your journey with God, what would be some of the important points of the trek?

God carefully establishes the borders of the Holy Land for Israel. For us Christians, what “Land” is our heart set on? What “land” do we inherit?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: Numbers 35-36

“Cities of refuge” are established for those who unintentionally kill another person. Where do we find our refuge for our breaking of God’s law?

There are very specific regulations about inheritance. What great inheritance have we received from God?

Who died to give us this inheritance?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018: Deuteronomy 1-2

Much of Deuteronomy is a “recap” of things we have read in prior books of Scripture. This is not uncommon in the Bible. I and II Chronicles also repeat previous material, and of course Matthew, Mark and Luke also share much material. What is the benefit of such “recaps”?

Even though Deuteronomy repeats much of what has gone before, there is one major difference—the point of view. Whose point of view are we getting in these early chapters of Deuteronomy—who is the “narrator”?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Thursday, March 15, 2018: Deuteronomy 3-4

Again, we read about the Israelite policy of “total destruction” of cities and their populations. Would Christians today approve of such a policy if our government carried it out? Is it helpful for us to approach the presence of sin and evil in our lives with a policy of “scorched earth” and total destruction?

What does God command the Israelites to do for their children?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Friday, March 16, 2018: Deuteronomy 5-6

What reminder immediately precedes the Ten Commandments in 5:6? How does this give a motivation for keeping the Commandments? What motivation would we as Christians have?

Jews, Protestants, and Lutherans all agree that there are Ten Commandments, but not everyone agrees exactly on which statements from this passage are commandments. For instance, the statement “You shall not make for yourself any carved image or any likeness of anything” is not a commandment for Lutherans, Roman Catholics, and Jews. If we had to defend having pictures in our churches, what might we say? (Remember how God has come among us in Jesus).3. “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one”. This verse, called the shema, is regarded as the basic creed of Judaism. What important truth does it teach about God?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)

Saturday, March 17, 2018: Deuteronomy 7-8

Did God choose Israel to be His people because they were strong and mighty?

What does this tell us about how God operates?

When Israel has arrived in the land, and is enjoying its plenty, what danger might they face? Do we face the same danger? What can they (and we) do to prevent themselves from succumbing to this danger?

—David Anglin (St. Paul, Amityville)