Some of these questions are meant to have answers straight from the text while other questions are meant to encourage discussion of the text.
- What does the tense of the word “when” in verse 1 say about the mindset of Moses when it comes to these instructions? (Deuteronomy 19:1)
- What does the existence of these refuge cities say about God? (Deuteronomy 19:2-3)
- What does the language of verse 6 say about the emotion of anger? (Deuteronomy 19:6)
- What does Moses’ mentioning of “future cities” in verses 8-9 say about God’s promises? (Deuteronomy 19:8-9)
- According to verses 11-12, who was not allowed to seek refuge in the identified cities? (Deuteronomy 19:11-12)
- How, do you think, were the elders of the cities of refuge affected by God’s instructions ? (Deuteronomy 19:11-13)
- Who were the “men of old” responsible for setting up the landmark system Moses referenced? (Deuteronomy 19:14)
- It shows his confidence.
- It speaks of his grace and desire for true justice.
- That anger is not always rational and it does not justify our behavior!
- That God’s promises can be conditional and still be in harmony with his grace (note the word “if”).
- People who committed “first-degree” murder.
- It shaped their responsibility to justice according to God’s standards.
- Maybe the patriarchs of Israel; maybe the Canaanites; but regardless of who was responsible, it seems as if the answer is not the Israelites themselves.