Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 13

Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.

Questions:

  1. 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)
  2. What was the consequence of trying to use signs/dreams in order to lead Israel away from God? (Deuteronomy 13:5)
  3. 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?
  4. Were the children of Israel supposed to act immediately (without investigating) if they heard something negative about a neighboring city? (Deuteronomy 13:13-14)
  5. Was anyone allowed to profit from a city being judged? (Deuteronomy 13:16-17)
  6. Was it always “easy” for Israel to “listen to God”? (Deuteronomy 13:18)

Answers:

  1. 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)
  2. Death (some NT references can include Matthew 24:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; and Revelation 13:13-14)
  3. 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).
  4. No! (Connect to 1 Timothy 5:19-21 and Matthew 18:16)
  5. 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.)
  6. No! (The challenge was real but so was the the reward. Connect to Matthew 7:13-14)