1) Listen to Podcast
2) GG Questions
The Bible Jesus Read: Primer on the Law
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy contain within them 613 laws which at various times bore us, confuse us, scandalize us, and everything in between. However, these laws are simply an embodiment of a set of divine ideals. Our task to understand and apply these Old Covenant laws, as New Covenant Christians, begins with asking, ‘What is the core ideal or principle behind this law?’
We’re going to get some practice in this exercise together! Divide up Deuteronomy 12-16 among your GG. Let each person skim through their section and select a handful of individual laws they would like to discuss together as a group. Once everyone has their handful, go around the circle, read one law and then discuss it. What did this law mean in its original context? What is the divine ideal behind this law? How can it be applied today? Work through as many laws as time allows.
If you’ve worked through all the laws you found interesting in Deut. 12-26, collect a few more laws from Deut. 17-26 and discuss them.