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LEVITICUS 1-10; PSALMS 57-63

God desires to live with Israel, but even Moses is unable to enter the Tabernacle. How can Israel, with all their moral corruption, become God's covenant partners to bless the nations? Leviticus answers this questions in three surprising ways. (Bible Project)
1. How do you see the offerings to God reflecting His holiness?
2. What are the main differences between the offerings in chapters 1-3 and the offerings made in chapters 4-6
3. What lessons can be learned from the failure of Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu chap. 10?
4. What thought from the Psalms encouraged you this week?

EXODUS 34-40; PSALMS 50-56

This week we find Moses ascending the Mountain of God for a second set of tablets to be made because he broke the first. Moses' face glows bright upon his descent and many people contribute in the making of the Tabernacle. The book ends with the glory of the Lord filling the Tabernacle and Moses unable to enter into it.
1. What does this week's reading reveal about the nature of God?
2. How would you explain Moses' radiant face? Compare with 2 Corin. 3:7-18
3. What did you find interesting about the process of building the Tabernacle?
4. What is the significance of Moses no longer able to enter the Tabernacle in chapter 40?

EXODUS 21-33; PSALMS 43-49

The giving of the law with its centerpiece of the Ten Commandments (ch. 20), followed by the Book of the Covenant (chs. 21–24). These laws together focus on Israel’s relationship with God and with one another, the latter as an expression of their living out God’s character in those relationships. (How to Read the Bible Book by Book)
1. Chapters 21-23 contain forty-two judgments, what was the purpose of these laws?
2. Chapter 24 is the ratification of the Covenant with God. How did the people respond? What was Moses' role, what did he do and why?
3. What was the purpose of the Tabernacle and the purpose of its elements?
4. While Moses is atop Sinai receiving instructions for the place of Yahweh’s dwelling among them, his brother is below, leading the people in constructing and worshiping idols (32:1–26). How does this happen? How might this become a paradigm for the future life of Israel?

EXODUS 10-20; PSALMS 36-42

Last week we closed the book of Genesis and opened the book of Exodus. After 400 years of slavery, Israel cries to the Lord and he hears their cry and sends a deliverer to rescue them. The journey out of Egypt is filled with drama, expectation, disappointment, complaint and provision.
1. What do the plagues teach us about Pharaoh's heart and God's plan?
2. What did the various elements of the Passover meal mean and why was this important for the Israelites to remember?
3. How could your disappointments in life be God's divine appointments?
4. What role were the Ten Commandments to play in the people of Israel's lives?

Fun Fact: Did you know the same Hebrew word for slave also means to serve and to worship?
Israel served Pharaoh, but would soon be freed so serve/worship Yahweh.


GENESIS 49 - EXODUS 9:35
PSALMS 29-35

The story of Joseph ends with his death in Egypt and the book of Exodus begins with an echo of God's blessing to be fruitful and multiply. This first part highlights Israel's need for deliverance from Egypt and God's preparing a deliverer.
1. How is God's past dealings with Israel going to be important in their present situation?
2. The Hebrew women did not obey Pharaoh's command of death.  How do you reconcile obeying those in authority with what the midwives did?
3. Why did Moses, in chapter 2, the deliverer of the story, fail so miserably?
4. What are some excuses we make to avoid following God's call? How were Moses' excuses overcome?
Fun Fact: Did you know that each of the 9 plagues corresponded to an Egyptian god?
Click here to see chart

GENESIS 36-48; PSALMS 22-28

The story of Joseph continues the theme of God's blessing in the births and prosperity in Egypt; and the themes of good and evil come to a firm conclusion in the outworking of this story.
1. Where do you find God's people complicating his program by their failure, or refusal to fulfill their responsibilities?
2. How is Joseph's temptation and resistance to it in chap. 39 instructive for believers today?
3. What role does faith play in the midst of difficult and discouraging circumstances?
4. How does one avoid abandoning their faith when they find success?
Bonus: Name the three sets of dreams that are symbolic, and the four sets of parallel relationships involving Joseph?
Answers: 
Three sets of dreams: 1. Joseph's. 2. Cupbearer's and the baker's 3. Pharaoh's
Four parallel relationships:
1. Joseph and his family
2. Joseph and Potiphar's house
3. Joseph and the prisoners
4. Joseph and Pharaoh's household

Genesis 24-35; Psalms 15-21

God promises to bless the world through Abraham's family, despite their repeated failure.
Welcome to Read the Bible together 2020!
To help you get the most out of your reading, we have provided some questions you may like to use. Also, keep in mind these three simple steps.
1. Read
2. Reflect
3. Respond
1. What are the repeated failures in the family of Isaac?
2. In what way does Jacob's life of deception come back to affect him?
3. What was the significance of Jacob's wrestling match in chapter 32?
4. God initiates the wrestling match while Jacob was alone
-When's the last time you were really alone?
-How can being alone help you more clearly hear the voice of God?

Genesis 13 - 23; Psalms 8-15

This week we are introduced to Abraham, to whom God promises to restore humanity to a place of divine blessing, somehow, through this family. God even makes a covenant with Abraham to make it clear he will not go back on his word. This week, we will learn more about Abraham and the early descendants of his family line.
Welcome to Read the Bible together 2020!
To help you get the most out of your reading, we have provided some questions you may like to use. Also, keep in mind these three simple steps.
1. Read
2. Reflect
3. Respond
1. What repeated patterns of faith testing do you find in week 2?
2. What are the significance steps in Lot's move toward Sodom?
3.  In what ways do you find it hard to trust God for the future?

Genesis 1-12; Psalms 1-7

God creates a good world and commissions humans to rule it, but they choose rebellion again and again.
Welcome to Read the Bible together 2020!
To help you get the most out of your reading, we have provided some questions you may like to use. Also, keep in mind these three simple steps.
1. Read
2. Reflect
3. Respond
1. What repeated themes did you observe?
2. What does it mean to be made in God's image ?
3. Where is God's grace found?
4. In what ways do you find it still hard to trust God as the first humans did?