NextLevel Online: Deuteronomy

by Jon Kehrer

Jon Kehrer (Old Testament and Biblical Languages Professor at Ozark Christian College) walks through ten words—also known as the 10 commandments—that God gave the Israelites. Learn how these ten words teach us to hear God’s voice and live out the kingdom of heaven here and now.

Deuteronomy



Lessons

Session 1
Session 1

Rethinking “Law”

How is the Hebrew word “torah” usually translated? What does it actually mean?

Session 2
Session 2

Word #1 - No Other Gods

Word #1 is “No other gods.” What does this mean?

Session 3
Session 3

Word #2 - No Idols

Why is God so concerned that his people not make images or idols to worship?

Session 4
Session 4

Word #3 - No Dishonoring the Name

Perhaps Word #3 could be translated as “do not wear the name of Yahweh dishonorably.” How is this different from how you have thought about this word before?

Session 5
Session 5

Word #4 - Guard the Sabbath

Word #4 is “Guard the Sabbath.” What did this look like for Israel?

Session 6
Session 6

Word #5 - Honor Parents

Word #5 deals with honoring your mother and father. Why was it important to honor or respect parents in ancient Israel?

Session 7
Session 7

Word #6 - No Murder

Word #6 involves willful taking of life in our own personal interests. In this session we learn how God wants us to deal with anger.

Session 8
Session 8

Word #7 - No Adultery

Word #7 says that adultery is forbidden. The Hebrew word for “adultery” suggests sexual relations with a woman who is committed to someone else. Why is that important?

Session 9
Session 9

Word #8 - No Stealing

Word #8 deals with not stealing something that belongs to you. What types of things could this include?

Session 10
Session 10

Word #9 - No False Witness

Word #9 prohibits giving a vain or false witness against your neighbor. What types of situations might this word include?

Session 11
Session 11

Word #10 - No Coveting

Word #10 actually contains two separate verbs: do not desire your neighbor’s wife, and do not crave others?

Session 12
Session 12

Choose Life

This series has detailed the ways that the Ten Words play out in the rest of Deuteronomy. How does this arrangement help us understand the purpose of Deuteronomy? What kind of “shema” does Yahweh desire of his people?