Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.
- Israel’s seven year debt forgiveness program was funded by whom? (Deuteronomy 15:2)
- T or F – The responsibility of the people to help the poor was restricted to members of their own tribe? (Deuteronomy 15:7)
- What incentive was given to the people to not ignore the responsibility of lending to others in need during the sixth year? (Deuteronomy 15:10)
- The fact that the children of Israel were once slaves who left Egypt through and with God’s grace meant they were to treat their freed servant how? (Deuteronomy 15:13-14)
- What act/process was to be done when a servant decided, whether male or female, that he or she wanted to remain as a servant in their household after his or her six years of service were completed? (Deuteronomy 15:16-17)
- What do you believe is the significance of Israel sanctifying/setting apart the firstborn males of their herds/flocks to God? (Deuteronomy 15:19)
- What stipulation was given concerning the firstborn male of the herds/flocks that Israel was to sanctify/sacrifice to God? (Deuteronomy 15:21)
- “…the LORD’s release.”
- Because God would “see to it” that the giver would be blessed (connect to Acts 20:35).
- They were to supply what was needed to “get them on their feet.”
- An awl through the ear into the door (a very literal act with lots of symbolic meaning).
- A very practical answer is because God had saved their firstborn (man and animal) back in Egypt (Exodus 13:2, 11-16).
- The animal was to be “without spot or blemish” (no imperfections … connect to 1 Peter 1:18-19).