Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 16

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


  1. Other than “unleavened”, what other word was used to describe the bread Israel was to eat during this feast? (Deuteronomy 16:3)
  2. After reading verses 3, 4 and 8, it is clear no leaven was allowed, but why? (Deuteronomy 16:3-4, 8)
  3. When you think about the Feast of Weeks’ connection to Israel’s slavery in Egypt, why do you think their offering was to be of a free-will nature? (Deuteronomy 16:10)
  4. What emotion was meant to characterize the mood during the Feast of Weeks? (Deuteronomy 16:11)
  5. Was anyone meant to be left out of the Tabernacle celebration? (Deuteronomy 16:14)
  6. What condition were the hands of the men who appeared before God during the three feasts supposed to be in? (Deuteronomy 16:16)
  7. What if the giver was not wealthy? (Deuteronomy 16:17)
  8. What was the fruit of a harvest sowed with a bribe? (Deuteronomy 16:19)


  1. Affliction
  2. Possible the leaven served as a symbol for sin (although much of this analogy/typology seems to be found in the NT) but the simplest answer is because it reminded Israel about the importance of listening to God (along with the “hurried/ready to go” aspect of leaving Egypt)
  3. As a slave in Egypt they farmed for others…in Canaan they would farm for themselves (by God’s grace – Romans 6:17-18, 22-23)
  4. Rejoicing!
  5. No
  6. Giving (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
  7. They were to give according to what they had been blessed with (1 Corinthians 16:2)
  8. Blind eyes to wisdom and the word twisting/perversion of the righteous/just