Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.
- When you look at Deuteronomy 12:4, what is it exactly that God did not want his people doing?
- Who was in charge of picking the place(s) where Israel could worship? (Deuteronomy 12:5)
- What is wrong with doing things according to our own eyes? Is it always wrong? (Deuteronomy 12:8-9)
- Why was Israel instructed to remember (share) their blessings with the Levite’s? (Deuteronomy 12:19)
- God was okay with Israel eating meat at their “BBQs”, but what specifically was not to be eaten? (Deuteronomy 12:22-25)
- Is God “allowed” to hate? Why does God hate? (Deuteronomy 12:31)
- Worshipping him like the nations worshipped their gods.
- God (Bonus question: When you consider the thousands of paganistic sites around the world, why do you believe humanity is infatuated with picking places to worship deities?)
- We can have an appropriate time/place when the opportunity to is present to make choices “according to our own eyes” because of opinion based decisions, but we must remember that our eyes don’t always “see” right. At that time Israel had the freedom to make some choices for themselves but soon the choice would be made for them. We must respect what God has revealed.
- Because the Levite’s didn’t posses the same material goods as the rest of Israel.
- The blood (cf. Leviticus 17:11)
- A) Contrary to what some in the religious (and non-religious) world believe, he is. B)Because of what things (our choices) do to us. Hate does not necessitate sin (cf. Deuteronomy 32:4)