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Series: Exodus: The God Who Relentlessly Pursues

Key Passage: Exodus 20:2-7

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

What words do you associate with laws?

In what ways are traffic laws a form of protection?

What words are often associated with the Ten Commandments?

How would you define the word “happiness” now? How about when you were a child?

Respond:  Too often we assume that happiness and holiness are mutually exclusive. We think we have to choose one or the other. But holiness and happiness don’t stand in opposition. It’s quite the contrary.  Happiness is the product of pursuing holiness.  


Before you begin, see how many of the Ten Commandments you can name from memory as a group.

Why is it significant that verse 2 comes before the Ten Commandments? How does verse 2 shape what comes after it?   Then have a group member read Exodus 20:1-21 aloud.

Which relationships are spoken about in the Ten Commandments? 

How are the 10 Commandments designed to protect, guide, and connect us. 

What do the Ten Commandments reveal about the nature of God and His desire to have a relationship with us? 

God describes Himself as jealous. What does this tell us about God? Why is it okay for God to be jealous?

What attributes of God did you see in this passage that particularly struck you? How should it change the way you pray, think, speak, or act this week?


Do you see God’s laws as a blessing? Why or why not?

In what area of your life have you struggled to believe that obeying God (pursuing holiness) and being happy were in conflict with one another?

How have you seen sin separate people from others, from God, from themselves?  Where is there evidence of that in your own life?

How have you seen evidence of your faithful obedience protecting, guiding, and/or connecting you with others, God, and yourself?

Further Study

Exodus 20:22-23:33 is commonly known as the “Book of the Covenant.” It interprets the Ten Commandments into a set of specific laws for the people of Israel in their immediate historical/cultural context. What patterns do you see in these laws? Whom do they protect? What do they celebrate? How do they honor God?

Where do you see God’s transcendence (majesty and authority) reflected in His commands? Where do you see God’s immanence (intimate involvement in our lives) reflected in His commands?

The “Book of the Covenants” gives a set of specific laws for the people of Israel in their immediate historical/cultural context. What general principles should be applicable to the Christian? What timeless truths does it communicate regarding justice, community, stewardship of property and the value of human life?