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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 9
Understanding Ancient Law
11m • February 24, 2021

How can we understand the ancient laws in the Old Testament? And what’s the point of reading them today? In this episode, we are learning how to read the ancient laws that God gave to Israel and reflecting on how they can impact our choices today.

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How can we understand the ancient laws in the Old Testament? And what’s the point of reading them today? In this episode, we are learning how to read the ancient laws that God gave to Israel and reflecting on how they can impact our choices today.

Bible Reading
Deuteronomy 30:15-18

Reflection Questions

  1. What is one specific choice you can make to love God and others this week?
  2. How do you think that choice could bring life to those around you?
  3. What is the first step you can take with God to carry out that choice today?

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: Horizon by Cloud Cover

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. What is one specific choice you can make to love God and others this week?
  2. How do you think that choice could bring life to those around you?
  3. What is the first step you can take with God to carry out that choice today?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

God gave instructions to ancient Israel to teach them how to relate to him and how to relate to one another as a community. These two categories—loving to God and loving others—can be broken down into laws about holiness, sacrifice, sacred time, and social justice. But how does this relate to modern readers? These categories can help us better understand what a particular law reveals about the character of God and his desire for humans. And as we study, we can also learn how the law points to Jesus, who completed its requirements and called his followers to love God and others just as he does. With this in mind, let’s practice reading biblical law, starting with Leviticus 5:2, 5:5-6.

Message Question
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Leviticus 5:2, Leviticus 5:5-6

  1. What do these laws communicate key aspects of God’s character and desires to ancient Israel? How are these aspects still true today?
  2. What needed to be addressed before the people could approach God? How did God provide a way for Israel to approach him?
  3. Read Hebrews 10:10-14 and 10:19-22. According to this passage, how did God provide a way for all people to approach him through Jesus? How is this similar to Leviticus 5:6? How is it different?

Read: Deuteronomy 30:15-18, Romans 8:1-6

God wants what’s best for his people, so he gives commands that lead to life. Israel had a choice about whether or not to trust and follow God’s counsel to experience that life. And while followers of Jesus today aren’t called to obey the law the same way as the Israelites, they are called to the same trust. God gives his life-giving-Spirit to empower those who trust Jesus. And with his power, followers of Jesus can choose life by loving God and others just like him.

  1. What is one specific choice you can make to love God and others this week?
  2. How do you think that choice could bring life to those around you?
  3. What is the first step you can take with God to carry out that choice today?
  4. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Thank God for how he’s provided a way for you to experience and participate in his life and love. Be honest about the ways you have neglected to choose life. Receive forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit for help to make life-giving choices to love God and others today.
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