Bible class questions for Deuteronomy 19

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. 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)
  2. What does the existence of these refuge cities say about God? (Deuteronomy 19:2-3)
  3. What does the language of verse 6 say about the emotion of anger? (Deuteronomy 19:6)
  4. What does Moses’ mentioning of “future cities” in verses 8-9 say about God’s promises? (Deuteronomy 19:8-9)
  5. According to verses 11-12, who was not allowed to seek refuge in the identified cities? (Deuteronomy 19:11-12)
  6. How, do you think, were the elders of the cities of refuge affected by God’s instructions ? (Deuteronomy 19:11-13)
  7. Who were the “men of old” responsible for setting up the landmark system Moses referenced? (Deuteronomy 19:14)

Answers:

  1. It shows his confidence.
  2. It speaks of his grace and desire for true justice.
  3. That anger is not always rational and it does not justify our behavior!
  4. That God’s promises can be conditional and still be in harmony with his grace (note the word “if”).
  5. People who committed “first-degree” murder.
  6. It shaped their responsibility to justice according to God’s standards.
  7. 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.