God Judges: Shapat, June 8-14, 2014



God is the ultimate Judge (Shapat)


God judges humanity (Genesis 23)


                  God gives clear commands and consequences


                  We violate God’s commands and try to escape judgment




                                    Cover up


                  God judges with just consequences and signs of hope


Jesus is the final Judge   



Group Discussion Questions

  1. How is our culture conflicted about judgment? How do we both resist anyone judging us and at the same time judge others all the time? Over what kinds of things do people judge others?
  2. How do you feel about the topic of God “judging”? Many people are conflicted about God judging. In what ways might we want God to judge and in what ways do we not?
  3. As we look at the core story of God judging in Genesis 2-3, what clear command and consequence did God give in Gen. 2:16-17? How are God’s commands and consequences clear today?
  4. How did Adam and Eve violate God’s command and try to escape his judgment (Gen. 3:6-13)? How do we respond today in similar ways by hiding, blaming and covering up? What are some examples of each?
  5. What consequences did God give (Gen. 3:14-24)? How do we still experience these consequences today?
  6. What signs of hope do you see in God’s statements and actions (Gen. 3:14-24)?
  7. How is Jesus the final judge (John 5:22; Acts 17:31; 2 Timothy 4:1; 1 Peter 4:5; 1 Corinthians 4:5)? How can we escape God’s just judgment? What will you say when you stand before God in the final judgment?


Family Discussion Questions

  1. Think of a game you and your family like to play together or an outside activity you participate in. Who sets the rules? Why do they do that? What would happen if there were no rules? What would happen if you were allowed to set the rules?
  2. What did we discover about Jesus in today’s message? What new word did we discover to describe one of his roles? What does a judge do? What does the John 5:22-23 say Jesus will do?
  3. Read Genesis 1 and 2 together. What is God doing and saying to Adam and Eve in these chapters? What were the consequences for their disobedience? Think of a time when you disobeyed your parents or someone else in charge. What were the consequences?
  4. How does the consequence of your disobedience compare to God’s consequence for Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:15-17)? What does this tell you about how God views sin (Habakkuk 1:13)?
  5. How do you see Jesus as judge as you read John 3:16? What will he hold us accountable for? What is the promise of believing in him and how will we be judged for not believing?
  6. Is the Holy Spirit reminding you of areas of your life where you are disobeying God’s will? How will you seek support to help you grow in your obedience to his desire for your life?
  7. As you think back on the names and attributes of God and Jesus over this series, which one has had the most impact on you (Yahweh – always existing, Elohim – Creator, Adonai – Lord, El Shaddai – all Powerful and Shapat – Judge)? How will this help you take your next step in following Jesus?



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