By Mark Shields
We live in a busy world with busy schedules and being able to share some thoughts about this journey with others across this world through the Internet is truly a blessing. The below Questions for Reflection will stimulate thought and offer ideas for applying biblical principles at work, at home, and in all we do.
Deuteronomy 21 – 22 – What do you think are the important values stressed in reading this collection of laws? Why do you think, are proper family relations so crucial? What basic principles govern your life with your family? With your neighbors (See 22:1-4)?
Deuteronomy 23 – 24 – What basic religious and social values are affirmed in these laws? To what extent is exploitation forbidden? What about your basic values is revealed in your everyday actions toward your family, neighbors, and the needy?
Deuteronomy 25 – 26 – In what ways are the first fruit and tithe an acknowledgement of God’s past and continual care for the future? What values underlie the laws governing Israel’s religious, social, political, and moral life? How do these values affect your attitudes toward the major issues facing society today?
Deuteronomy 27 – What is involved in the solemn ceremony which is to follow the renewing of the covenant in Canaan (See 11:26-32)? How are the curses the same as the Ten Commandments (See Chapt. 5)? How are the curses different than the Ten Commandments? What areas of life are violated in these curses?
Deuteronomy 28 – Imagine you are listening to Moses. How do the blessings affect you? How do the curses affect you? Visualize your nation obeying God’s plan. What do you think the response would be from surrounding nations?
Deuteronomy 29 – What has God done for them in the past? How has God called you to personal commitment? What is the comparison between idolatry with a root (v. 18)? In what ways have you been tempted to substitute mere conformity to Christian ethics or conduct for inner reality of true commitment?
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments.
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