Weeks 4 and 5 – The Exodus and the Mosaic Age

Thank you for joining us tonight! I look forward to hearing any thoughts and questions you might have. Begin by discussing one or both of the following:

First, using number 2 in “React” (week 4), discuss what you learned about animal sacrifice. Compare the sacrifices under the Mosaic law, beginning at Passover, with the sacrifice of Jesus. How is this relevant for us today?

Second, make a list of practical ways to avoid complaining. Use verses to support your answer(s).

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  1. I learned that animal blood worked only for a temporary period of time, and then you must sacrifice again for the sins you committed over and over reminding you of your sin by constantly having to cleanse it with insufficient animal blood. Animal blood could never truly make you “perfect”. But when Jesus died His perfect blood took our sins away once and for all, forever and ever. So today, we don’t have to sacrifice animals because Jesus has us covered! The Passover Lamb saved the children of Israel from the death of their firstborns. The Lamb they picked had to be spotless, and they had to spread it’s blood against the lintel and the doorposts. Jesus is our Passover Lamb because he saved us from death by shedding His blood.

    1. Very good observations. Can you imagine what it would’ve been like to live under the weight of animal sacrifice? Hebrews 10:3 notes that there was a remembrance of sin every year, as the sacrifices had to be made again. With Jesus, we are able to move past our sin. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14: “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Thanks to the sacrifice of Jesus we can all have this attitude! Can anyone think of some practical ways to forget what is behind, and reach forward to what is ahead?

      1. Just remember that the past is in the past and we can’t change it (even though sometimes we wish we could) and remember that we can always make the future better than the past by our decisions. and know that God is in control of the future and that everything will work out for the best. Romans 8:28

        1. That is a good point. Don’t you think that God can use bad choices to bring about good? Romans 8:28 says that ALL things work together for good…and that seems to include negative choices. Of course, that is only for those who love the Lord! And those who love the Lord will do all they can to avoid sinning (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-31). We can never sin willfully and expect God to bring good out of it (Romans 6:1), but we can rest assured that God will make us more fit for heaven each time we repent of sins and draw closer to Him.

      2. Pray for forgiveness for you or whoever has done wrong and study how to do a better job or how to fix what has happened.

        1. Yes! Prayer is definitely the first step. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We cannot move forward until God has cleansed us from our unrighteousness.

  2. In regard to the second question…
    Learn to be content = Philippians 4:11
    Do all things without grumbling or questioning = Philippians 2:14-16
    1 Corinthians 10:9-10

    1. Good! It’s amazing what refraining from grumbling can do to your heart. My mom used to tell me to “act yourself into a better way of feeling.” It’s hard to have a discontented heart when you are speaking positively, without grumbling and questioning.

  3. Sacrifices
    They can not make people perfect. ( Hebrews 10:1) We have recieved reconciliation through Jesus Christ. ( Romans 9:11) The blood of bulls and goats can never take away sins. ( Hebrews 10:4) We have been made holy through the body of Jesus Christ. The sacrifices reminded people of their sins. ( Hebrews 10:3) We are justified by His blood. ( Romans 5:9) Jesus had to be sacrificed once to remove sins. ( Hebrews 10:10). Both laws had blood sacrifices. The old law had many sacrifices. The new law only had one. We have a better covenant!
    Complainining
    Pray ( Philippians 4:6)
    Give thanks ( Colossians 3:17)
    Obey in God’s name ( Colossians 3:22-25)

    1. It is so easy to access forgiveness of sins, isn’t it? We truly do have the better covenant. It is amazing to think, as Hebrews 7:25 says, that Jesus “is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Jesus makes intercession for us at any time, when the Israelites had to wait until the right time of year to make their sacrifice.

  4. We have started a foundations class at our congregation and it is an overview of the scriptures and about the scheme of redemption. When they announced what it was about I immedietly thought of Tracing Him. I think it’s interesting how you can be studying something and then it pops up somewhere else. Don’t you?

    1. Yes, that seems to happen often! The themes of the Bible are so deeply intertwined that they always intersect. Funny that it is the exact same theme, though 🙂

      1. Yes, my dad used to come up with something he wanted to study about ( he did not really want to study about that topic it was just an exercise,) & we’d have to tell him where to find it. He would then go off of that subject and find something else to study about.

  5. I just want to say, Mrs. Colley, how inspiring your dedication to God’s Word is and how thankful I am that you take the time to share all your knowledge with us, even though you are balancing home chores and life, not forgetting to mention baby Maggie of course 🙂 ! <3

    1. You are so kind to encourage me! I’m not doing much, at all. You are the ones who are dedicating so much time and study to this. This is just a highlight of my week <3

      1. Yes I enjoy these chats as well. You and your family are truly people I look up to in your love for God and your dedication to Him. I also hope one day we’ll be able to visit you guys and see Maggie!;)

  6. Since there are only three of us tonight…does anyone have any questions or observations to bring up from the last two weeks? We have a few minutes left, and I’d love to just hear what jumped out to you!

    1. In Week 4 react 2 You had one that said “Through what have we been made holy.” Am I correct that the answer there would be The body of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10:10?

    2. It jumped out at me to look for places where there were the 10 commandments in the New Testament. It was hard, but I’d love to share my verses with you.
      You shall have no other gods before Me. ( Matthew 4:10)
      You shall not make for yourself a carved image. ( I Corinthians 6:9)
      You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain. ( Colossians 3:8)
      Honor your father and your mother. ( Colossiana 3:20)
      You shall not murder ( Matthew 5:21)
      You shall not commit adultery ( Matthew 5:27-28)
      You shall not steal ( Matthew 19:18)
      You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. ( Matthew 19:18)
      You shall not covet your neighbor. ( Romans 13:9)

      My mom helped me with this one.

  7. Well, I thought how cool it was to be challenged in week 5 react 1, because I always knew that 9 of the ten commandments (excluding keeping the sabbath day) were repeated in the New Testament, but it was more of a challenge than I thought to actually find where they were repeated in the verses.

    1. Right? I’m glad you brought that up! Isn’t it also interesting that Jesus places a stricter meaning on at least two of the commandments? (Thou shalt not murder [Matthew 5:21], thou shalt not commit adultery [Matthew 5:28].) Many people believe that the New Testament is more lax on our behavior than the Old Testament was, but it seems to me that Jesus calls for an even higher standard of thinking and behavior!

    1. I’m happy to put it off, if that works for ya’ll! That way you can have a little longer to work on it. What about making it due by November 5th?

  8. Thanks for all of your great work and deep thoughts tonight! Hopefully we’ll have more next time. This was awfully enjoyable even though there were only a few of us, though. Keep up the good work, and if I can help with anything between now and next time, let me know! Love you all. I will pray for you by name tonight <3

    1. Isabella I am so sorry! I’ve been traveling, and forgot I was in the central time zone instead of eastern! Forgive me? I’ll hopefully see you on the chat next week.

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