STUDY GUIDE FOR 1-13-19
Discovering what God’s love is really like: God’s love is jealous!
Think about life:
- What are the 5 words you hear most often used to describe God’s love?
- If you have a celebrity on TV say “God loves people”, what do you think they mean?
- Thinking back to the message, how is covenantal love different from unconditional love?
- How does God’s covenantal love (1/6 message) serve as the foundation for God’s jealous love?
Digging Deeper into Scripture:
- Recap what it means that God’s love is covenantal.
- Read Psalm 81
- (Verses 1-5a) What are the people to do and why?
- (Verses 5b- 7) What did God say He would do for His people? How did the “test” at the waters of Meribah turn out? (See Numbers 20:2-13)
- When God rescues His chosen people, what does He ask in return?
- (Verses 8-10) What is the warning God gives and why?
- (Verses 11-12) What does Israel chose and what does God allow them to do? How is that an example of God’s jealous love – God wanting His best for His people?
- (Verses 13-16) What is God longing to do for His people when they return to Him?
- Read Deut. 4:23-24
- For purposes of discussion we’ll understand “The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God” as God is a refining fire that will burn out of our lives as false idols.
- “God’s jealous love is aimed at anything or any behavior that takes us away from His best for our lives.” How is this true for God’s relationship with His people in the Old Testament? How is this true for God’s relationship with us through Jesus Christ?
- Do you have an example of how God’s jealous love was at work to bring you back when you had been wandering away?
- Read Mt. 16:24-26
- How is this an example of God’s jealous love for His chosen people?
Scripture readings: Psalm 81; Deut. 4:23-24; Mt. 16:24-26; 2 Cor. 11:2