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Snakebites in the Wilderness

July 17, 2022 Speaker: Danny Bae

Passage: Numbers 21:1–9

Click here for the sermon discussion questions or see them listed below. We highly encourage you to listen, think, and talk about the sermon. These are questions you can reflect on by yourself, with your family, or with your small group.

Discussion Questions

  1. In our passage this week we encounter Moses after he experienced the devastating loss of both his siblings, Miriam and Aaron, as well as the loss of his own ability to enter into the promised land because of his sin.  In spite of this, Moses remained resolute in his devotion to God.  Why do you think Moses could respond this way, rather than become bitter?  How can you ensure that your response to trials and suffering is similar to Moses’?
  2. After God delivers the people from the Canaanite king, the people begin to complain and grumble to God about the lack of food and water.  What does this tell you about the condition of the human heart…in other words, what was Israel’s heart problem?
  3. How and why does discontentment with our circumstances in life reveal a discontentment with God Himself? Why do you think we can become discontent with God in spite of His love and provision for us?
  4. What did the Israelites need to do to be saved from the judgment of God?  What do we need to do today to be saved from that same judgment? 
  5. In our sermon we heard that “the Christian life is one that is continuously repenting” and that “sincere repentance is continual” and “repentance is a grace of a lifetime”. How does looking to Jesus and remembering all that He did for us on the cross free us from discontentment and a grumbling spirit?