Gen. 2:16-17; 3:6, 16-19, 23-24
What sin did Adam and Eve commit (Gen. 2:17; 3:6)?
What were the consequences for Adam and Eve because they disobeyed God’s command (Gen. 2:17; 3:16-19, 23)?
[Heb. “muth” – “dying you shall die” is a homogene polyptoton, which is a figure of speech where there is repetition of the same verb in different tenses or forms. Here, the verb is with the infinitive, Gen. 2:17.].
Have you ever been disciplined by God for disobeying a command of His?
If so, what happened?
[If you either can’t remember or don’t think that God has ever disciplined you when you sinned, then maybe you haven’t seen the connection between some disciplinary action of God’s and your sin. Maybe you thought that some hardship/problem was merely coincidental rather than a disciplinary consequence for your sin.].
Gen. 19:15-26 What sin did Lot’s wife commit (Gen. 19:17, 26)?
What was the consequence (Gen. 19:26)?
Do you take seriously the possible consequence of your committing just one sin, and why?
[Do you see that it’s not how or in what you disobey God, but that you simply disobey God period that makes any form of disobedience an extremely offense?]
Num. 12:1-10 What sin did Miriam and Aaron commit?
What consequence did Miriam suffer because she enviously spoke against her spiritual leader appointed by God?
Have you ever been envious of your spiritual leader (Heb. 13:17) and as a result spoke against him (talked bad/destructively critical about him or challenged his authority)?
If so, did you suffer any discipline from God (e.g., physical illness or other hardship)?
Or, if you did speak against him, maybe you failed to see the illness or hardship as a discipline from God for your sin of envious speech or challenging his authority. Or, maybe God in His mercy, patience, and forgiveness spared you that time.
Num. 13:2, 25-33; 14:36-37 What sin(s) did the 10 spies commit (Num. 13:2, 31-33)?
What consequence did these 10 spies suffer (Num. 14:36-37)?
Have you ever committed the sin of not believing one of God’s promises and so discouraged Christians from doing God’s will?
Do you know of anyone who died in an untimely manner or prematurely or was disciplined severely due to not believing one of God’s promises or due to influencing other people to not do God’s will?
If so, what happened (without mentioning names)?
Num. 14:30, 32, 39-45 What sin did the Israelites commit?
What punishment did they suffer?
[Failure to do immediately what God tells you to do now may at a later time be a sin to do.].
Have you ever been disciplined by God for doing at a later date something which God wanted you to do immediately but to which you didn’t, and then later, when you finally were willing to obey God, you learned that it was no longer His will, but you did it anyway?
If so, what?
What sin did Korah (a Levite, who was a priest’s helper), Dathan, Abiram, and 250 leaders of the congregation of Israel (men of renown) commit (Num. 16:3)?
Of what was Korah jealous (want for himself, as well) – Num. 16:8-10?
To be rebellious against God’s spiritual leaders over you is to really be against Whom (Num. 16:11)?
What was the consequence of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram’s sin (Num. 16:30-33)?
How did their sin affect even their families (Num. 16:32-33)?
What happened to the 250 men who conspired in the rebellion?
How serious does God see the sin of rebellion against your spiritual leaders?
Do you know of anyone whom God disciplined because he/she rebelled against his/her spiritual leader?
If so, what happened?
If not, could it be that you were unaware of the connection between some tragedy he/she had and the rebellion he/she committed?
Num. 16:41-49 What sin did the congregation of Israelites commit (Num. 16:41)?
What was the consequence for these Israelites having grumbled and assembled against their spiritual leaders, Num. 16:49 (because Moses had disciplined some rebellious friends and relatives of the congregation)?
Have you ever grumbled against your spiritual leaders because they disciplined a sinning friend or relative of yours?
Or, do you know of anyone else who has so grumbled?
If so, what happened?
If nothing happened that you’re aware of, could it be because someone intervened on your behalf or the other person’s behalf, who had grumbled (like Aaron intervened for the Israelites in Num. 16:46-48)?
How serious does God see the sin of grumbling against your spiritual leader, especially when he is carrying out his responsibilities before God (e.g., confronting sinning believers, 2 Tim. 4:2)?
How serious do you see it, and why (1 Cor. 10:11)?
Num. 20:7-12 What sin did Moses commit (Num. 20:8, 11; 1 Cor. 10:4)?
What consequence did Moses suffer as a result of his disobedience, Num. 20:12 (in striking the rock instead of speaking to it)?
Does such discipline seem too severe for such a humble, faithful man of God for committing just one sin (and for something which seems so minor or even silly)?
Have you ever disobeyed God by doing something that He wanted you to do but for which you did it in your own way rather than in the way God specifically told you to do it?
If so, did you experience God’s discipline?
Or, were you even aware of His discipline, thinking that some crisis or misfortune was simply coincidental and unrelated to your sin?
[Maybe you want to obey God in serving Him, but you want to do it in your own way rather than in the way God’s told you. For example, maybe you want to serve God, but instead of evangelizing (Matt. 28:19-20) and building believers up spiritually (1 Thes. 5:11; Rom. 14:19), you simply settle for being on a church’s sports team, singing in the choir, or being a youth group leader. You serve God, but in your own way.].
Josh. 6:17-19; 7:1-5, 10-11, 18-21, 25-26; 22:20
What sin did Achan (and apparently with his family’s knowledge and consent) commit, Josh. 6:17-19; 7:1, 11?
What consequence did Achan suffer for being unfaithful in taking things from conquered enemies that were under a ban (forbidden) by God (Josh. 7:25)?
Have you ever been unfaithful by stealing anything from someone else?
If so, did God discipline you, and, if so, how?
[Today, many people, including many Christians, don’t think that taking certain things that are not theirs is wrong. For example, many Christians don’t think the following are wrong: taking office supplies from where they work; sampling fruit at the grocery store; keeping things they borrow or that people accidentally drop but whose owner they know and fail to return the item to, etc.].
Who else suffered as a result of Achan’s sin (Josh 7:5, 11; 22:20)?
How serious a sin do you see stealing even little things being, and why?
2 Ki. 5:15-27 What sin did Gehazi commit (2 Ki. 5:21-25)?
What consequence did he suffer for lying to the prophet Elisha (2 Ki. 5:27)?
Has God ever disciplined you for lying?
If so, how?
Did you notice that Gehazi’s sin not only affected him, but would even affect his descendants?
How does knowing this affect your attitude toward sinning in the future, and why?
1 Chron. 21:2-17
What consequence did king David suffer (though it was actually David’s people who really suffered) for sinning by failing to trust God and His power and instead relying upon his military capabilities by taking a census of his people?
Has God ever disciplined you by having tragedy come upon your friends or family because of a sin you committed, and yet you personally were spared the tragedy yourself?
[Again, notice how discipline for our sins can be taken out on other people (e.g., friends) instead of directly out upon us who commit the sin.].
Does this seem fair, and why?
[Sometimes it hurts us more when those we deeply love are punished instead of us, and so it actually is a form of discipline for us.].
2 Chron. 26:16-21 What sin did king Uzziah commit (2 Chron. 26:16)?
What consequence did Uzziah suffer for his unfaithfulness/pride in burning incense in the temple of the Lord that only God’s priests, sons of Aaron, were allowed to do (2 Chron. 26:21)?
Has being in a leadership position (e.g., a spiritual teacher-trainer, Bible study group leader, Sunday School teacher, youth group leader, etc.) ever motivated you to get proud to the point where you felt that it was OK to do something that God had said was wrong, because you felt you were above any restrictions or that they didn’t apply to you?
If so, did God discipline you, and how?
Did you notice how pride can lead a person to do things he’d never consider doing otherwise?
What steps can you take to avoid getting prideful?
1 Sam. 9:27; 10:8; 13:8-14 What sin did king Saul commit?
What consequence did Saul pay for his sin of impatience, which led to his assuming a priestly office by offering a burnt offering (1 Sam. 13:14)?
Have you ever gotten impatient with God and either one of His commands or circumstances that He brought into your life, and so you took matters into your own hands, but in the process you sinned by doing so?
If so, what?
[Many Christians have become impatient with God and His ability to provide a suitable, spiritual Christian mate for them (if it’s even His will), and so took matters into their own hands by marrying a non-Christian or carnal, worldly Christian, which is contrary to God’s commands in 2 Cor. 6:14-17; Prov. 22:5, 24-25; 24:1-2, 21-22; 1 Cor. 5:9-13; 2 Thes. 3:6, 14-15; 2 Tim. 3:1-5. In many cases, these Christians have suffered the consequences of a ruined spiritual life, forfeiture of God’s blessings and best, and not having a peaceful, fulfilled life, having a miserable marriage, and even getting divorced].
1 Sam. 15:1-28 What sin did king Saul commit (1 Sam. 15:3, 9)?
What consequence did Saul suffer for his disobedience to God’s command to destroy the Amalekites and all they had (1 Sam. 15:28)?
How did God view Saul’s partial obedience (1 Sam. 15:23)?
Has God ever disciplined you for only partially obeying His Word, the Bible (which God views as rebellion)?
If so, how?
[Maybe you’re obeying God by doing good/nice things for people, but you are disobeying Him when it comes to evangelizing/witnessing to non-Christians. Or, maybe you share your faith once in a while or even regularly, but you’re not going beyond that in seeking to build up Christians spiritually by teaching and training them.].
Are either of these true of you?
[If you are knowingly/willfully refusing to evangelize as a way of life, build up believers spiritually, and live a holy life as your life’s purpose, then beware of being disciplined by God.].
2 Sam. 6:2-7; Num. 4:5, 15 What sin did Uzzah commit (2 Sam. 6:6-7; Num. 4:15)?
What consequence did Uzzah suffer for touching the ark of God, an act of irreverence, dishonoring God (2 Sam. 6:7)?
[Sacred tasks are to be done in a respectful manner according to God’s prescription.].
[Even though Uzzah’s intentions were good, he still violated God’s command to not touch the ark.].
Have you ever done a good thing but in a wrong way? If so, did you incur God’s discipline?
[If not, maybe you didn’t even recognize God’s discipline as His discipline but only as some unfortunate circumstance unrelated to your disobedience.].
Some examples of doing a good thing in a wrong manner are:
- Feeding poor people, but stealing from someone else to do so.
- Taking the Lord’s Supper, but viewing it as a snack.
- Helping a friend out, but lying to do so.
- Driving someone who’s late to an appointment, but breaking the speed limit to do so.
- Helping someone with their school work, but cheating in order to do so.
- Confronting a sinning Christian, but in a prideful, unloving way.
- Evangelizing the lost, but living a hypocritical life at the same time.
1 Ki. 13:1, 8-26 What sin did the man of God commit (1 Ki. 13:21)?
What consequence did the man of God suffer for disobeying God’s command to not eat bread or drink water in Bethel (1 Ki. 13:24)?
[Even though another religious person (a prophet) lied to the man of God about what God supposedly told him to tell the man of God, the man of God was still responsible for his actions. The man of God should have inquired of the Lord whether the prophet’s story was true, especially since it contradicted what God had previously told the man of God.].
Has God ever disciplined you because you disobeyed God’s Word, the Bible, because some religious/church leader (usually a Charismatic who believes that the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues and prophesying are still for today) deceptively told you that God told him to tell you to do something, but in actuality it was contrary to what the Bible states?
If so, what, or how?
Acts 12:19-23 What sin did king Herod commit?
What consequence did Herod suffer for (in his pride) failing to give God the glory for his speech/address, and instead he accepted the crowds praise of him as a god?
Have you ever (in your pride) failed to give God the glory/praise/credit for some accomplishment you’ve done and instead accepted people’s exaltation of you for what God had actually accomplished through you?
If so, did God discipline you?
Or, in His mercy did He spare you?
Or, did you fail to see His discipline and think that some crisis you had was merely coincidental and unrelated to your sin?
Acts 4:32 – 5:10 What sin did Ananias and Sapphira commit?
In what consequence did their lying result?
Have you ever lied to anyone?
Did you realize that when you lie to someone, you’re actually lying to God?
How serious does our society take lying, and why?
How serious do you take the sin of lying, and why?
How serious does God take the sin of lying, and why?
Has God ever disciplined you for lying?
If so, what happened?
Lk. 9:61-62 What sin did this would-be follower/disciple of Christ’s commit?
What consequence would this person (or anyone else like him) suffer for putting family ties and affections above immediate and continued obedience to Christ in being His disciple/follower?
Are you going to be fit (qualified) to reign with Christ in His kingdom when He rules here on earth for 1,000 years (Rev. 20:4-6; 5:9-10; 2 Tim. 2:11-12)?
Or, will you be unfit for ruling with Christ because you had wrong priorities here in this life now (such as: putting family, job, school, material comforts, sports, girlfriend/boyfriend, etc. ahead of being a disciple, an obedient follower, of Christ’s)?
[Being a disciple of Christ’s means following Christ (Jn. 12:26), making His purpose, priorities, and character yours (Lk. 6:40; Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:15). And like Jesus, we should, therefore, be evangelizing the lost/unsaved (Lk. 19:10), training others to do likewise (Mk. 1:17; 3:14; Jn. 17:18; Matt. 28:19-20), and being obedient to do God’s will/commands (Jn. 4:34; 6:38) in general.].
Is this what you are doing, and why?
If it’s not, what will it take for you to begin doing so (if the loss of ruling with Christ in His kingdom is not motivation enough)?
Has God been disciplining you because you’ve been refusing to be a disciple of Christ’s?
Or, have you been failing to see the crises/misfortunes in your life as related to the sin of disobedience in being Christ’s disciple?
Are your priorities like Christ’s, that of seeking and saving the lost, training others to do likewise, helping other believers grow spiritually, and being God-like in character, and why?
[Don’t tempt the Lord any longer by sinning in not being a follower of Christ’s.].