For discussion in communities:
Question to open discussion:
Imagine being a teenager, stolen from your homeland, your family, your people, and thrust into a new culture with it’s foreign language, food, government, literature, values, systems and patterns of life. What might you be thinking? What might you be thinking about your God?
Read together Daniel 1:1-7, Isaiah 39:6-7
Q1. How would you describe God’s faithfulness to someone else?
Q3. Read Leviticus 26, what do you notice about the covenant relationship that Israel and God entered into? What does this passage tell us about God? What does it tell us about humanity?
Q4. Do you think it was fair for God to lead Israel into exile, why/why not?
Q5. What do you think God was trying to accomplish by leading them into exile?
Q4. As those who live in the “new covenant” where the conditions of the law are met in Christ, do you think God still requires faithfulness from us? Why or why not? What can we learn from Jesus about faithfulness?
Q6. Do you think God still leads his people into exile today. If so, why might he do that?
Q7. Often the term “Babylon” is used metaphorically to describe the culture around us that is trying to threaten our identity in Christ. Read 1 John 2:15-17, What ideologies, philosophies, values or patterns of life within our culture might threaten our loyalty to Christ if we are not careful?