Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 15

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. Israel’s seven year debt forgiveness program was funded by whom? (Deuteronomy 15:2)
  2. T or F – The responsibility of the people to help the poor was restricted to members of their own tribe? (Deuteronomy 15:7)
  3. 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)
  4. 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)
  5. 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)
  6. What do you believe is the significance of Israel sanctifying/setting apart the firstborn males of their herds/flocks to God? (Deuteronomy 15:19)
  7. What stipulation was given concerning the firstborn male of the herds/flocks that Israel was to sanctify/sacrifice to God? (Deuteronomy 15:21)

Answers:

  1. …the LORD’s release.”
  2. False
  3. Because God would “see to it” that the giver would be blessed (connect to Acts 20:35).
  4. They were to supply what was needed to “get them on their feet.”
  5. An awl through the ear into the door (a very literal act with lots of symbolic meaning).
  6. A very practical answer is because God had saved their firstborn (man and animal) back in Egypt (Exodus 13:2, 11-16).
  7. The animal was to be “without spot or blemish” (no imperfections … connect to 1 Peter 1:18-19).