Blessings and Curses, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
February 23, 2014
The Gospel According to Moses | Blessings and Curses
27:1-13 (11:26-32). What are significant landmarks in your life (the location of your marriage proposal; a favorite childhood haunt; a landmark that tells you you’re almost home, etc.)? What is the effect on you when you see those landmarks? When the Israelites looked upon Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal, what effect do you think these landmarks would have upon them?
27:1-13 (11:26-32). Joshua performed this ceremony, writing the words of the Torah on stone (Joshua 8:30-35). However the prophet Jeremiah foresaw a day when: “I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts” (Jer. 31:33; Eze. 36:26-27). Why was such a new covenant necessary (Heb. 8:6-13; Rom. 3:20; 8:3-4; 2Cor. 3:1-18)? Read Romans 8:1-11; how do you know in your own life when you are living “according to the Spirit”?
27:6-7. Two types of offerings were commanded: burnt offerings, completely burnt up, directed entirely toward the Lord, and peace offerings, the sacrificed meat of which was shared and eaten with the community. What might this emphasis on both the vertical and horizontal aspects of Israel’s relationships remind us about our own worship?
26:16,17,18; 27:1,4,9,10; 29:10,12-13,14-15. There is a tremendous emphasis on today in this section. How does Heb. 3:7-4:14 apply the idea of today to you and me? Practically, how should we respond to such a warning?
27:1-8. On Mount Ebal (the mountain of cursing) were placed both the monument to the law and the altar for offerings, while on Mount Gerizim (the mountain of blessing) were placed neither. What do you think this communicates about the purpose of the law and of sacrifice?
27:14-26; 28:15-68. What does Galatians 3:10-14 say that Christ’s death accomplished in regards to the curses and blessings of the law? Spend some time together as a group thanking Him for His salvation.
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