Bible Study: Empowerment to Obey


NASHVILLE (BP) — This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in partnership with Lifeway Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its adult leadership and publishing team, Lifeway publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.

This week’s Bible study is adapted from The Gospel Project.

Bible Passage: Numbers 13-14

Discussion questions:

  • How have God’s promises strengthened you to obey His commandments?
  • What role have godly leaders played in your life to help you obey the Lord and grow in your faith?
  • How can we encourage others to submit to God’s authority?

Food for Thought:

After the exodus, the giving of the law at Mount Sinai and the construction of the tabernacle, the Book of Numbers moves the story forward. The Israelites follow God’s leading in the desert on their way to the promised land. The early stages of this leg of their journey were marked by conflict, however, as people began to grumble and complain. Some members of Moses’ family began to question his leadership. These events foreshadowed the troubles to come in the Paran desert.

God’s people repeatedly responded with doubt and disobedience to their Savior, who had performed many signs and wonders. They trusted what they could see rather than the God who had saved them from captivity. They accused him of leading them into the desert to die. And they rebelled against the God ordained leadership of Moses.

Despite all this, God has been faithful. He led them into the land he had prepared for them, a good land where they could find rest and peace. But when faced with the opportunity to enter and receive this blessing from God, they refused. They could only see the power of those already living in the land, and like those nations, the Israelites chose to be blind to God’s ability to deliver them to His people (Numbers 13:31-14:4) .

It is not difficult to find oneself in the sandals of the Hebrews. Rebellion against God is as easy and as common as breathing. In fact, we could say that it comes naturally to us as sinners.

God orders, God orders and God encourages. We turn away in fear, arrogance and disdain. Although we have seen the works of God through the scriptures and in our own lives, although we have experienced firsthand the salvation of Jesus Christ, we may still find ourselves inclined to rebel against our Creator and Savior God.

May we learn from the negative example of the Hebrews on the edge of the promised land, and may we turn away from our rebellion and turn instead to our God – Father, Son and Spirit. He is faithful and forgiving, and He strengthens our obedience.

The Gospel Project

The Gospel Project is a Christ-centered chronological study for children, students, and adults. The Bible is not a collection of stories. It is a story of God’s plan to save His people from sin and death. It is the story of redemption, the gospel message of Jesus Christ. More information can be found at

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