Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.
- Where did the “soothsayers” come from, and what was God’s purpose in allowing them to try and accomplish their goal? (Deuteronomy 13:1-3)
- What was the consequence of trying to use signs/dreams in order to lead Israel away from God? (Deuteronomy 13:5)
- Although Deuteronomy 13:11 contains and applies to the context of verses 1-10, why do you believe the warning about/instructions to family members of apostates would have served as an example to “all Israel”? What application, if any, do you believe the church can gain from this challenging situation?
- Were the children of Israel supposed to act immediately (without investigating) if they heard something negative about a neighboring city? (Deuteronomy 13:13-14)
- Was anyone allowed to profit from a city being judged? (Deuteronomy 13:16-17)
- Was it always “easy” for Israel to “listen to God”? (Deuteronomy 13:18)
- Question A: From among themselves! (Connect to Acts 20:27-30) Question B: God was testing/proving the allegiance of his people. (Connect to 1 Corinthians 11:17-19)
- Death (some NT references can include Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; and Revelation 13:13-14)
- Question A: Because it showed true honor and dedication to God. Question B: The church, even in the face of “family allegiances”, is challenged and commanded to love Jesus above all others (Luke 14:26).
- No! (Connect to 1 Timothy 5:19-21 and Matthew 18:16)
- No! (Connect to 2 Timothy 2:16-18. Painful lesson, but some things, if ignored and left alone, can do much more damage than the remedy seems to inflict.)
- No! (The challenge was real but so was the the reward. Connect to Matthew 7:13-14)