The word of God reveals His character. The enemy of good has tempted us to fear God as a severe judge with a harsh, exacting and unforgiving nature. Our connect group is on a quest to rediscover the true loving character of God as manifest in each book of the Bible and revealed in the life and death of His Son. Instead of the circular voyage of life that many seem to be enamored with these days, this quest, the Journey, has a historical beginning and an ultimate goal - from Eden created to Eden restored.
The Journey is a Connect Group designed for people in Live Wisdom (ages 55+). Yet, we welcome all adults, as every Connect Group at Church are welcome. The Journey meets from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Community Room 203.
(Drawing by Sue Huh and Diane Johnson)
January 26, 2019 - Exodus
Teacher: Gordy Gates
"The story of Israel's flight from Egypt is the most important in the Hebrew Bible." William Propp
As you read the Book of Exodus this week, please keep in mind the following questions.
How does God appear to you in the Book of Exodus?
Does antisemitism have its origin in the Book of Exodus?
How does one apply the "Lessons of Exodus" after this study?
Additional Questions / Observations
- What new ideas does Exodus introduce to the ancient world?
- Exodus begins with forgetting. Notice how exodus then proceeds to emphasis remembering throughout the book.
- The Hebrew midwives are named in the Book of Exodus. Why is the Pharaoh of the Exodus not named?
- The Hebrew midwives lied to Pharaoh? Is this demonstrating that it is OK to lie sometimes?
- What character traits does Moses possess that makes him the right man to lead Israel out of Egypt?
- What are 3 reasons for the plagues in Egypt?
- Are you troubled by the 10th plague? Who does the killing?
- A lamb was sacrificed by the Hebrews in the last plague. Why a lamb?
- Exodus 15:3 describes God as a "Man of war." How does one reconcile this description with the concept of God is love?
- Hitler said "We are fighting against the most ancient curse that humanity has brought upon itself. Against the so-called Ten Commandments, against them we are fighting." Why would he have said this?
- Why does God go into such detail in His instructions for the Tabernacle?
- The priesthood for the Tabernacle came down through the descendants of Aaron who was a Levite. What might be the benefits of a hereditary priesthood?
Short Outline of Exodus from Today's English Version
- The Israelites set free from Egypt (1:1 – 15:21)
- Slaves in Egypt (1:1-22)
- Moses’ birth and early life (2:1 – 4:31)
- Moses and Aaron confront the king of Egypt (5:1 – 11:10)
- The Passover and the departure from Egypt (12:1 – 15:21)
- From the Red Sea to Mount Sinai (15:22 – 18:27)
- The Law and the covenant (19:1 – 24:18)
- The Covenant Tent and instructions for worship (25:1 – 40:38)
February 2, 2019 - Leviticus
Teacher: Won Huh
This week we will be reading the book of Leviticus looking for what God is like. After all the stories in Genesis and Exodus, if you think Leviticus is a little boring, join the hundreds of thousands who break their New Year’s resolution to read through the Bible only to get stuck somewhere in Leviticus.
You might think that God is a little OCD or that God likes the smell of BBQ, but if that's all you get out of Leviticus, you may need a little help from King David who understood the meaning of all the blood and sacrifices. Read Psalm Chapter 51. You can also get some help from the book of Hebrews, Chapters 9 and 10, and see what Paul has to say about the sacrifices.
As you read through the Book of Leviticus, please keep in mind these questions:
- Why all the blood and sacrifices?
- Why all the holiness code?
- What do the sacrifices and holiness code tell you about God?
If you get stuck and just can't read any more, turn to Leviticus Chapter 16 and read about the Day of the Atonement, also known as Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. I think you’ll enjoy watching Pastor Mike Slayden's sermon on Yom Kippur.
Short Outline of Leviticus from Today's English Version
- Laws about offerings and sacrifices (1:1 – 7:38)
- The ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests (8:1 – 10:20)
- Laws about ritual cleanness and uncleanness (11:1 – 15:33)
- The Day of Atonement (16:1-34)
- Laws about holiness in life and worship (17:1 – 27:34)
Delilah (Dee) Briggs is originally from central Wisconsin’s dairyland but has been a resident of Boulder county for the past thirty-eight years; a retired RN, married to the fabulous Elroy, mother of two brilliant adult sons, and having a long-time, unquenchable passion for Bible study.
Gordy Gates is a dentist in Boulder who has been a student of the Bible all of his life. Having traveled to the land of the Bible nine times in the last 10 years has increased his understanding and passion for the scriptures. His desire is to stimulate inquiry in God’s word for those who choose to attend our connect group.
Won Huh has a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and is a senior Manager at Avaya. He is married to Sue and they have two daughters. He likes to tinker with electronics, likes the outdoors and finds God’s grace and mercy in his Bible studies.
Mark Johnson is a physician with certification in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He has been the Executive Director of the Jefferson County Health Department for 28 years. He has taught Bible classes for over 30 years, and is continually seeking to find Jesus in each of the books of the Bible.
Stephen King holds Master of Arts Degrees in Economics and New Testament Ethics. After serving as congregational pastor for 22 years, he has recently completed 20 years service as Vice President for Community and International Health for Faith Based Health Systems.