There’s probably no book in the Bible that is more difficult to read and understand than Leviticus. With its endless rules about blood sacrifices, skin diseases, and strange rituals, Leviticus seems so primitive, outdated, and irrelevant to our lives today. Barbaric is an apt description. It’s why most people start reading the Bible and then say, “You lost me at Leviticus.”
Discussion Questions for You Lost Me at Leviticus Pt12 | November 15, 2020
Main Passages: Leviticus 25
- How are the instructions about humans taking sabbath (Leviticus 23:3) and the land needing a sabbath year (Leviticus 25:1-7) related?
- If we should take care of the land because it is God’s precious creation, why do many followers of Jesus not care about environmental issues?
- In what ways should we be more aware of our negative impact on the land? Be specific about your own personal life and practices.
- Read Leviticus 25:20-22. How is the concept of sabbath connected to trust? How does this relate to weekly sabbath for people and the year of sabbath for the land?
- Read Leviticus 25:8-10. Why do you think it is significant that the year of jubilee is proclaimed on the Day of Atonement?
- What makes the practice of jubilee so radical? How would it shape a community?
- How does the idea of jubilee comfort or challenge you?
- Is there a debt or burden that you are currently carrying? How can the community of faith help you?
- Resolve to change one practice in your life this week related to better care of God’s creation.
- Is there anyone that owes you a debt that you should consider cancelling and forgiving?
- Listen to the supplemental New Denver Church Message podcast to go deeper this week.