*** In what words does
the Bible describe the bondage of Israel in Egypt?
“And the children of Israel sighed by reason of the
bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason
of the bondage.” Exodus 2:23. Compare with James 5:1-4.
*** Who heard their
cries for help?
“God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant
with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.” Exodus 2:24.
*** What did God tell
Moses to do?
“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come
unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians
oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that
thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of
Egypt.” Exodus 3:9, 10.
*** In giving His law
to His people, how did God describe Himself?
“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Exodus 20:2.
*** What did God do to
protect Israel against slavery?
“And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold
unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou
shalt let him go free from thee. And when thou sendest him out free
from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty: thou shalt furnish
him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy
winepress: of that wherewith the Lord thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt
give unto him. And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the
land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command
thee this thing to day.” Deuteronomy 15:12-15. “Thou shalt
neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the
land of Egypt.” Exodus 22:21; (See 2 Corinthians 1:2-4.)
*** What was one of the
reasons that Israel should keep the Sabbath?
“And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and
that the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by
a stretched out arm: therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep
the Sabbath day.” Deuteronomy 5:15.
*** What proclamation
was made every fifty years?
“And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty
throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be
a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and
ye shall return every man unto his family.” Leviticus 25:10.
*** Because Israel
failed to do this, became oppressive and forsook the Sabbath, what did God
“Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not harkened unto Me, in
proclaiming liberty, everyone to his brother, and every man to his
neighbour; behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword,
to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make
you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.” Jeremiah 34:17. (See also Jeremiah 17:24-27; 2 Chronicles 36:19-21.)
*** What fault did the
God of heaven find with Israel’s religious gatherings?
“Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact
all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and
to smite with the fist of wickedness.” Isaiah 58:3, 4.
*** What does God set
forth as the fast acceptable to Him?
“Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands
of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the
oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal
thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring
the poor that are cast out to thy house? when
thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not
thyself from thine own flesh?” Verses 6, 7.
*** Why did Christ come
to this world?
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to
preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the
brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and
recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are
bruised.” Luke 4:18.
*** In what condition
are those who commit sin?
“Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” John 8:34.
*** Why was Christ’s
name to be called “Jesus”?
“And thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His
people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21.
*** What lies at the
root of all sin?
“When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin.” James 1:15. “I had not known lust, except the law had said,
Thou shalt not covet.” Romans 7:7.
*** Which passage of
Scripture reveals that all men should have an equality of human rights?
“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Leviticus 19:18.
*** What rule of life
has Christ Himself given to guide us in such unselfish living?
“Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to
them.” Matthew 7:12.
*** Who alone can
remove the selfishness from the hearts of men?
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other
name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.(See also 1 John 1:9.)
*** Who, alone, then,
is able to give to men genuine freedom?
“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free
indeed.” John 8:36.
*** What was the
attitude of Christ toward unbelievers?
“If any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for
I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” John 12:47.
*** What attitude did
Jesus say should control all of His disciples?
“But Jesus... saith unto them, Ye know that they which are
accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them;
and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall
it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be
your minister: and whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant
of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45.
*** Wherever the Spirit
of God is guiding in men’s lives, what is always present?
“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord
is, there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17.
*** What kind of
worship can alone be acceptable to God?
“But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall
worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh
such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must
worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23, 24.