Feasts of Israel – Study 4

Study based on Gordon’s sermon: Jewish Feasts Part 4 – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

Reading: Leviticus 23:26-32

  1.  Leviticus 16 contains instructions for the priest on the Day of Atonement. Why do you think Aaron needed to make atonement for himself before making atonement for the people? (see vv 11–14). How is this step different from when Christ performed His Atonement? (Hebrews 9: 6-15)
  2. Why did Aaron need two goats? (see vv. 6–10). How do both goats (the one used for the offering and the one used as the scapegoat) represent Christ and His Atonement? (see vv. 20–22).
  3. Using Hebrews 10 vv1-18 compare the work of the High Priest with that of Christ in achieving atonement.
  4. Discuss the effects of Christ’s finished work of Atonement, past (sins forgiven), present (no condemnation) and future (We shall be like Him).

This term’s prayer pointers:

  • Give regular thanks for answered prayer;
  • Pray that The Lord will build His Church at New Connexions: spiritually, physically and numerically;
  • Seek the Lord for direction as to outreach in the year ahead.

Characters on the way…

If you missed the sermon you can pick it up here: Believing AND Following

Read Luke 23: 26-43

  1. As you read through the passage, consider the various characters we meet along the way and for each of the characters discuss:
    1. What do we know about them (maybe from other passages)?
    2. Did Jesus talk to them?
    3. Do we know how they responded to Jesus?
  2. What do the various things that happen and are said in this passage teach us about:
    1. Our own faith;
    2. Humility;
    3. Christs love;
    4. Sharing the gospel?
  3. What is the difference between intellectual belief and following Jesus?

A walk with Jesus

Read Luke 24:13-33

Catch up on the sermon if you missed it – here it is: A walk with Jesus (message)

  1. Put yourself in the place of the people in verses 13-24. What are they doing, thinking and feeling? Why does Jesus ask the two what they are discussing (verse 17) and “what things” had been going on lately (verse 19)?
  2. Sum up Cleopas and the other disciple’s answers? What do you make of their understanding of who Jesus is?
  3. Look at verses 25-27. Is Jesus being hard on the disciples? Why or why not? What is he particularly concerned about? Why do you think it was “necessary”for the Messiah to “suffer these things and then enter into his glory”?
  4. Jesus showed them the passages all through the Bible that were about Him. What are some of these passages that he might have mentioned? Here are some to get you started(Genesis 3:15; Numbers 21:6-9 [cf. John 3:14-15]; Deuteronomy 18:15; Psalms 22; 16:8-11; 118:22-23; Isaiah 11:1-7; 53:1-6; 61:1 [with Luke 4:18-22]; Daniel 7:13-14 [cf. Matthew 26:64].), but there are many more, try and find as many as you can.
  5. What do you think it means that their hearts “burned within them” when Jesus explained the Scriptures to them (verse 32)? Have you ever experienced this as you’ve read your bible?
  6. What has changed about the disciples understanding about Jesus, and what is the effect?

Does Jesus Know You?

For this weeks sermon click here: Does Jesus Know You?

Readings: Luke 19:28-19:44 Matthew 7:21-7:23

  1. Read Luke 19:28-19:44; discuss what you know about what was going on in this account from Luke (much of the usual focus on this was missed from the sermon, but if you need more background refer to older sermons on Palm Sunday online, check out other accounts and cross references to other scripture).
  2. Talk through the implications of how the tail end of this reading fits in with Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:21-7:23.
  3. Consider how we ought to be applying this and why so often people coast along in church without making that commitment to Christ?
  4. There is a prophecy here: EU Brexit?  please read it and discuss it as a group.