This week, we start the third lesson in the HaYesod class, “Our Connection – His Covenants.”
A quick recap of the main points of this week’s class:
- Why it’s important for us to study covenants
- The basics about covenants
- The covenant with Abraham
Questions from discussion groups for your review:
Define the key elements of a Biblical covenant. How does this differ from modern expectations for a covenant (for this, use a marriage covenant as an example)? Have the differences affected how you, or society, view Biblical covenants? What other “modern” covenants can you think of?
In Joshua 9, the Gibeonites deceive Israel about where they’re from and Israel cuts a covenant with them. Once the deception is discovered, Israel honors the covenant anyway. What does that say about how they viewed covenants? What mistake did the men of Israel make? (see Joshua 9.14-15) What application of this can you make to your life?
You’ve probably been told at some point that the New Covenant cancels the Old. Does that square with your understanding of how Biblical covenants work? Is this another example of how viewing things through a modern lens skews our understanding? What’s the correct way to view the relationship between the Old and New Covenants?
Our memory verse(s) for Lesson 3:
At that time you were separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without G-d in the world. But now in Messiah Yeshua, you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of the Messiah (Ephesians 2.12-13)
Audio – Week 5 (does not include FFOZ material)
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