Monday, September 03, 2007
Deuteronomy 8 study guide: 9/3-9/9
Here's what we're reading at the church this week. This could get interesting as this passage often comes up in defending Prosperity Gospel stuff, and we're in the middle of a sermon series on what it means to serve the poor, with the poor and just what do we mean when we say "poor."

Never Forget
Deuteronomy 8:1–20

Read 8:1–5
According to verse 2, the wilderness wandering was for developing humility. What is the connection between humility and receiving God’s blessing?

Has God ever disciplined you? What was the experience like?

Why is the parent imagery in verse 5 significant?

Read 8:6–10
What connects verses 5 and 6? Why should Israel keep God’s commands?

How does this compare with Psalm 23?

How is the Promised Land described? Why is this important?

Read 8:11– 16
According to verse 11, what are some ways the people can forget God?

According to verse 13, what gets multiplied? Do you think this should be taken literally or figuratively? Why or why not?

Read 8:17–20
What are these verses saying about wealth and prosperity?

What does this mean for Christians today?

What does this say about the character of God?

Read Exodus 16 and Matthew 4:1–11
What is Exodus 16 about? What does this have to do with Deuteronomy 8?

From the context of Deuteronomy 8, what does Jesus mean when he quotes Deut. 8:3 to the devil?

Read all of the passage 8:1–20
How many times are the words “remember” or “forget” or similar words used in this chapter?

What would you say this whole passage is about?

How does this chapter help us better understand what it means to love God with our whole heart?

Remember that chapters 4–11 in Deuteronomy are one continuous sermon. How does chapter 8 fit with what came before in chapters 4–7?

Sunday @ 10 a.m.
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