By Michael C. Mack
1. What are you most thankful for in terms of your inheritance? (Examples: money, heirlooms, genetics, ethnicity, legacy, etc.)
Read Ezekiel 47:13-23.
2. What does this return, re-gathering, and restoration of the people to their homeland reveal about God’s character?
3. Since this is an “inheritance” for God’s family, why are the foreigners included? (See Leviticus 24:22; Numbers 15:29; Isaiah 56:3-8.)
4. Did the Israelites and the foreigners living among them get what they deserved or didn’t deserve? Why? How is this vision like or unlike Jesus’ parable about the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32)?
5. What does the inclusion of the foreigners in this vision of the millennial kingdom tell you about God’s plans for his church and his kingdom? (See Acts 10:34, 35; Revelation 7:9.)
6. How well does your church share your “inheritance” with those who are not a part of your “tribe”? How about your small group?
7. Think of someone in your circle of influence (workplace, school, neighborhood, etc.) who is not a part of your “nation, tribe, people, or language.” What boundaries might you have to cross to invite, include, and invest in this person?
Michael Mack is the author of 16 small group books and discussion guides. He also leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).