Exodus (Part 12)

We’re always looking for ideas to get the most out of Dr. Jeannie’s lessons. With this in mind, the following questions were provided by Marianna Sayeg from the Bible study group at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Cambridge, MA. These questions are related to both Exodus (Part 11) and Exodus (Part 12).
  1. How was the commandment to honor the Sabbath day unique in the time of the Hebrews? Why was it a commandment instead of a choice? How should we understand and follow this commandment as Christians?
  2. How was the commandment against coveting unique? How did it foreshadow Christ’s law?
  3. How does Christ make it evident that He is re-writing, or replacing the Law of Moses?
  4. Do you agree with the argument that there’s a distinction between “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not murder,” and that killing is sometimes justified in the eyes of God?
  5. What were the Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant? What is the spiritual relevance to their lengthy descriptions in the Bible?
  6. What happens when Moses asks God to see His face? How does St. Gregory of Nyssa explain this interaction?
  7. What four elements of the 10 commandments and the Law of Moses reveal how progressive the Hebrew law was for its time and how its application was unique?
  8. In our daily lives as Christians in a secular world, when is it appropriate to follow Lex talionis vs. “turn the other cheek”?

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