Kids, Kindness, and Character, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
October 20, 2013 · Deuteronomy 21:15-22:12
Kids, Kindness, and Character
21:15-17. When parents play favorites what kind of problems can develop in the family? What warnings might we glean from the Old Testament example of parents playing favorites (Genesis 25:28; 29:30-30:2; 37:3-4)? How does this protect children from getting stuck in the middle of their parents’ relational
conflicts and problems? How is this a justice issue?
21:18-21. This is not about naughty children but the persistently anti-social behavior of an older child that makes him a danger to the community. The Bible recognizes that parents who have faithfully fulfilled their parental duty (21:18-20, cf. Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:6,15; 29:15,17) might yet have a child who goes astray. How might this recognition be an encouragement today to the parents of grown children who have strayed?
21:22-23. While a criminal might be justly executed for his crime, how does this law show respect for the executed and his family? How did Paul apply this teaching to Jesus Christ who was “hung on a tree” in our place (Gal. 3:10-14)?
22:1. This passage warns the Israelites “not to ignore” the need of another (cf. the warning of Proverbs 28:27). What “good” excuses have you heard, or used, to ignore or “not to get involved” in the needs of others? In Matthew 25:31-46, how does Jesus say we should apply this principle today?
22:1-4. This principle is derived from the law of Exodus 23:4-5 where the Israelites are called to show such kindness to an enemy. In Luke 10:25-37, how does Jesus say we should apply this principle today? Share about a time you were shown such kindness. You had opportunity to show such kindness?
22:9-12. Israel was to be a holy people separated and set apart from all the peoples of the earth (Deut. 14:2). How might such symbolic separations - field, flock, fabrics, & tassels - be a reminder to Israel of her separateness? Today, how do we demonstrate we are a holy “set apart” people (1 Peter 2:9-12)?
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