WBE Day 34: Numbers 1:1-2:34 (pp.161-164; http://bit.ly/Bhag0). This is a t-o-u-g-h text to read. Use the hyperlink and have it read audio to you via BibleGateway by someone who can actually pronouce the names. Ha! One thought – this count is taken a little over one year out of Egypt and there are 603,550 men (2:32). How great a deliverance!
WBE Day 32: Lev.22:1-24:23 (pp.149-153; http://bit.ly/Dk4RS). What is 24:17-21 all about? It is a strong word to the effect that the punishment fits the crime and is not excessive. It is a strong word against payback and vengeance; a strong word for justice and fairness.
1. Our exploration this year of Solomon’s proverbs and Jesus’ parables continues this month on Sunday mornings with this month’s theme being communication. This coming Sunday morning’s sermon concerns listening and is entitled “The Road to the Heart.” If the way you listen to others was a road, what would sort of road would say it is and what is its current condition? What have you been doing to maintain it? What are some areas that need work and what areas are under construction?
2. Would you say you have spent more time considering what you say or how you hear? Why? Is one more important than the other? Explain.
3. Spend a few moments assessing the number of hours you estimate you spend listening to various things in a given day (i.e. – family, friends, co-workers or fellow students, music, news, talk shows, sports, etc.). What are you feeding your head? What sort of diet is your heart on given what you call it to listen to?
4. A friend comes to you for counsel. They say to you: “I need to learn how to do a better job at listening to others. Help with this. What specifically can I do to improve my love for others by improving the the way I hear them?” How would you answer? Make a list of your suggestions. Are you living your suggestions?
5. Consider the following quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together (http://bit.ly/3WhVQ5; pp.97-98) and discuss its meaning. “The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to his Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that he not only gives us his Word but also lends us his ear. So it is his work that we do for our brother when we learn to listen to him. Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listen to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of the Lord, too.”
WBE Day 31: Lev.18:1-21:24 (pp.145-149; http://bit.ly/1aQTCy). Everyone recalls the phrase “…love your neighbor as yourself.” (19:18b) However, do you remember the first half of the sentence (19:18a)? How different would things be in life if God’s people never held a grudge or ever sought payback when wronged? The mind reels, no?
WBE Day 30: Leviticus 15:1-17:16 (pp.141-145; http://bit.ly/KbFjF). Think “Jesus” as you read of the two goats in ch.16): one for the price paid and one for the sins removed.
WBE Day 29: Leviticus 13:1-14:57 (pp.137-141; http://bit.ly/xOB51). Yes, it’s hard to pay attention to all of this text. However, enter into reading it with a mind to grow in appreciation for Jesus’ ways with society’s outcasts, especially lepers, (cf. Lk.5:12ff; 17:11ff; etc.), and you’ll find it truly helpful.