A Tale of Two Mountains
Jesus transforms our encounters with God from experiences of fear to experiences of joy.
Questions for group discussion or personal reflection:
1. Did you ever have to visit the principal’s office? What words would you use to characterize that experience?
2. What is helpful and unhelpful with seeing God’s heart and responsibilities as similar to a principal?
3. Has there ever been a life situation where you trembled with fear? What was it?
4. Without Jesus, why might God evoke fear in those who encounter Him?
5. Should those with a relationship with Jesus ever fear God? If so in what sense of the word?
6. How is Jesus bringing joy to your life right now?
7. What would you say to a Christian friend who struggles with guilt and fear?
8. Which aspects of life in Zion, do you see as most joyful?
9. Why do you think God is still described as Judge, even in the description of the mountain of joy?
10. The blood of Abel represents the voice of one who has been murdered, what might it be saying? Compare this with what the blood of Jesus is saying?
11. This passage uses danger to motivate people to consider Jesus, is this a tactic we should use today? Why or why not? If so when?
12. How is thankfulness connected with joy?