Deuteronomy 16.1-17.20; Luke 9.7-27; Psalm 72.1-20; Proverbs 12.8-9
It is interesting that as Moses describes God’s instructions to the people, they are told that they must appear before the Lord, but must not come before him without a gift. The value of the gift is related to what the people possess, so this is not a sense of collecting a duty or tax. Instead, it is a reminder to the people of their thanksgiving to God for what he had done for them in bringing them out of Egypt. When you come before God today, what gifts do you bring?
Why do you think it was the witness to the sin that was called upon to throw the first stone when stoning someone?
If you had been one of Jesus’ disciples, how do you think you would have reacted to the news that he was to be killed?
How fairly do you or do we treat the poor?
The writer of Proverbs contrasts the difference between the ordinary and the self-important. Which is most valued by our culture today? Which do you strive to be? Why?