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Week of February 21-27

Wandering

Numbers 10-14, 21-22, 25, 27; Deuteronomy 1-2, 4, 6, 8-9, 29-32, 34

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Conversation starters for your triad, small group, or family discipleship time.

  • The Israelites looked at their past through rose colored glasses, remembering their slavery this way: “We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic” (Num. 11:5). In your life, have you ever romanticized the past, and have you found that it kept you from moving forward?

  • When the people doubted God’s power, God asked Moses, “How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?” (Num. 14:11). When you doubt God, does it help to remember what he has done in your life so far?

  • The Lord was so angry, he planned to wipe them out and start over again with Moses (similar to Noah). However, Moses interceded on behalf of the people, asking for forgiveness. To what did Moses appeal, and how can that inform your prayer life as well?

  • The story of the bronze snake in Numbers 21 points to Jesus’ sacrifice, as confirmed by Jesus himself in John 3:14-15. The Israelites were saved by looking in faith to a symbol of death, just as we are saved today by looking to the cross, a symbol of death. How can you praise God this week for turning death to life?

  • In Deuteronomy 31:7-8, Moses is giving a final speech to the people before he turns over the leadership to Joshua. He tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. What reason does he give? In your life today, what reason do you have to be strong and courageous?