What does it mean?
1. How would you summarize 12:12-17?
2. What does the “for” signify in v. 18?
3. Who is the “you” the author is referring to in v. 18?
4. What is the author referring to when saying “what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them”?
5. Who are “they” in v. 20 that the author is speaking about?
6. What does the “order that was given” refer to? Is this specific or general?
7. Why does the author specifically name Moses in the account?
8. Does it seem that the author characterizes Mount Sinai negatively? Explain.
9. What transition takes place through the author’s use of the word “but” in v22? What is the purpose of contrasting these two mountains?
10. Was the author communicating a literal or figurative coming to Mt. Zion?
11. Does the author want to communicate these ideas from 22-24 as a future experience or present reality?
12. Contrast the blood of Abel with the blood of Jesus. How does Abel’s blood speak? How is Jesus’ blood greater?
13. How would you paraphrase the big idea of 12:18-24?
How does it apply?
1. What would you imagine to be the most fearful part of the Mt. Sinai experience? Did God intend those present to have a terrifying experience? Explain.
2. Though we cannot touch or hear God in the way the Israelites did, what can we experience? What was the author challenging the readers to understand and what are the implications for us?
3. Are you experiencing faith in the way this passage says that you can? Explain.
4. Is there something that keeps you from experiencing this description more fully? Refer back to one of the five experiences listed in v 12-17.
5. Of all the things listed in vs. 22-24 that we have “come to,” is there one that stands out to you? Is there one that you have difficulty understanding?
6. Do you feel like you are partying with the joyful assembly in heaven? How can you experience this more?