Small Group Questions Week 2- Forrest

  1. In Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, and sacrifice him to God.
    1. Why do you think God tells Abraham to do this?
    2. Isaac wasn’t just Abraham’s only son- he was the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the “father of a multitude of nations”. Isaac represented everything good that God has promised to give Abraham if Abraham kept his covenant with God. What’s your “Isaac”? What, or who, in your life represents a special gift from God? What would happen if God asked you to sacrifice that?

 

  1. The Old Testament readings this week tell the story of Abraham, his children, and his grandchildren. It’s the story of the beginning of the Jewish people- the beginning of God’s people.  The Gospel readings begin in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6), and continue with Jesus performing miracles and teaching and preaching things that often contradict the common religious wisdom of the day. What connections did you notice between the Old Testament and gospel readings for this week?

 

  1. In Matthew 8:1-17 (Tuesday’s reading), Jesus acts very strangely. First, he heals a leper, but then he tells the leper not to tell anyone about what happened, and tells him to go and present himself to the priests at the Temple.
    1. Why did Jesus tell the leper not to talk to anybody about how Jesus healed him?
    2. The laws of the Jewish people required any leper who believed they’d been healed of their disease to show themselves to the priests, who would then inspect them to make sure they were truly healed, and allow them back into the community. Jesus knew for a fact that the leper was healed- why did he still command him to show himself to the priests?

 

  1. Matthew 8:18-34 (Wednesday’s reading) contains another strange story about Jesus. Jesus is sleeping peacefully when his disciples frantically wake him and ask for him to save them from the storm. After he calms the storm, he says “Why are you afraid, you of little faith?” Most of us would think that the disciples had just demonstrated their faith in Jesus by immediately turning to him to save them. Why do you think Jesus accused the disciples of lacking faith?

 

  1. Is there anything from this week’s readings that you still have questions about?

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