And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, I am the Lord your God. 3 You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes. 4 You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the Lord your God. 5 You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. 6 “None of you shall approach any one of his close relatives to uncover nakedness. I am the Lord. 20 And you shall not lie sexually with your neighbor’s wife and so make yourself unclean with her. 21 You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. 23 And you shall not lie with any animal and so make yourself unclean with it… 24 “Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things,… 28 lest the land vomit you out when you make it unclean, as it vomited out the nation that was before you. 29 For everyone who does any of these abominations, the persons who do them shall be cut off from among their people. 30 So keep my charge never to practice any of these abominable customs that were practiced before you, and never to make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.”
1. How important is this issue of sexuality in your home, work, personal life?
2. How do you feel about God giving significant restrictions to our sexuality? Does it make sense to you?
3. If something is consistently portrayed and prohibited in God’s word and we don’t understand why, what should we do?
4. What do you think of Jesus identifying as a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven, living a celibate life? Does that help you see him, yourself or others differently?
5. Would you say knowing Jesus is worth singleness and celibacy? Why or why not?