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Sample Questions and Commentary on Exodus 22:20-26
- What groups of people get special mention?
- In what ways are these people different from other Israelites?
- Why does God mention Egypt?
- How serious does God sound?
- What do these laws reveal about God?
- Are these laws challenging?
- As people heard these laws, how willing do you think they were to uphold them?
Living the word
- Do we have such laws today in our country?
- Do we have such laws in our Church?
- How do you react to the warning about God’s wrath (v.23)? Why do you think God speaks in this way?
The Sinai Covenant
After freeing the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, God made a covenant with them in the Sinai desert. The Ten Commandments are the best known part of the Sinai Covenant.
The laws in this passage protect the weakest members of society.
- Although the Sinai Covenant was between God and the Israelites, non-Israelites weren’t excluded from it. If foreigners were doing no harm to God’s people, then they were to be treated well. Just because God’s people were mistreated in Egypt doesn’t mean they have the right to mistreat others.
- Widows and orphans who no longer had the support of male family members had to be protected. If stronger members of the society didn’t help weaker ones, then God wouldn’t protect the strong.
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