Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
Gnadenhutten is an attractive little community in east central Ohio. Its name means “Tents of Grace.” A sign in the town, however, tells of a violent past. It reads, “Early Moravian Mission Settlement. Site of 1782 Massacre of 90 Christian Indians.”
Gnadenhutten was founded in 1772 as a settlement of Delaware Indians who had converted to Christianity under the ministry of missionary David Zeisberger. The Moravians required the Delawares to abandon their traditional religious beliefs and to adopt a European lifestyle. Men worked in the fields or at a trade; women cared for the home. Each convert was given a European name and instructed to practice monogamous marriage. They were to follow the missionaries’ directives without question. That these Delawares did all that demonstrated how seriously they took their conversions.
The community prospered; but after the Revolutionary War began, Zeisberger had to lead them to a safer location. When food became scarce, he permitted several of the refugees to return to Gnadenhutten to harvest the crops. While there, the harvesters were surrounded by members of the Pennsylvania militia who assumed the Indians were those who had killed several Pennsylvanians. Ignoring the Indians’ protestations of innocence, the soldiers placed the men and women in separate buildings overnight and told them they would be executed in the morning. The Delawares spent the night praying and singing hymns. The next morning the soldiers forced the captives to kneel and then crushed their skulls with a heavy mallet. More than two-thirds of the murdered were women and children.1
Imagine what those victims might have thought about during that final night. One question might have been, “We have done no one any harm; why is God allowing these white men to kill us?”
If we can consider this incident from the victims’ point of view, we will be in a position to understand a question Habakkuk asked.