It is vital that we spend time in God’s Word.
But it’s not always easy.
We read a chapter and we don’t know what to get out of it or even how to start to understand it.
I thought I could try to help you get a little something out of what you are reading by providing you with some questions to ask as you look at the text. Good questions are a good start to understanding. Sometimes there will be more questions, sometimes less. I was giving you questions for three different books of the Bible, but I’ve realized it’s probably not realistic for you to get to all of those everyday. So, I am going to go a little more slowly now and give you questions for just one chapter.
You can do this!
So, get a notebook, a pen, your Bible, and if you would like some help, take some time to answer the questions, and you may be surprised by all God teaches you.
- How is verse 1 of this chapter like verse 1 of the chapter before?
- How is Lot’s response similar to Abraham’s? How is it different?
- Lot shows them hospitality. But what do the men of Sodom do in verse 4 and 5? What does this tell you about this city?
- How does Lot respond? What is good about his response? What is sad about his response?
- Lot is an interesting character. In the New Testament we discover he was righteous. But he doesn’t seem very righteous here. What do you think might be the reason Lot has compromised so much? What spiritual lesson might you learn from this?
- What do the men who have come to investigate Sodom tell Lot in verse 12-13?
- What does Lot then say to his sons in law and how do they respond? What does that tell you about how people respond to God’s proclamations of judgment? And what does that tell you bout Lot and his family?
- Even after all this, what do the angels tell Lot in verse 15 and how does he respond in verse 16? What has to happen for him to leave? What was the basis of God’s saving Lot?
- After they get out of the city, what do the angels tell Lot to do? How does he respond? And how does God respond to him? What does that tell you about prayer?
- Moses briefly tells us about the destruction of the cities and then he focuses again on Lot and his family and Abraham. What does Lot’s wife do? Why was that wrong? What does that tell us about her? And what happens? What lesson do you think you can learn from that for your life?
- What does verse 29 tell us about God’s relationship with Abraham? What hope does this give us as we think about escaping from judgment?
- Lot leaves Zoar and goes where? Why is that ironic? Why does he do that?
- What do his daughters do? How is that ironic given what Lot says in verse 8? What previous scene in the Scriptures does this seem a bit similar to?
- What is the result to this sin in verse 37 and 38? And what do these people become to the Israelites later?