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.
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.
1. What does Joseph ask his steward to do? Who would be in the most trouble as a result of this test?
2. What has Joseph already done at the meal to indicate that he favored the younger brother Benjamin?
3. So, the younger brother is favored and Joseph is putting him in a position where he will get in the most trouble if caught. Why do you think Joseph is doing all this to his brothers? What’s he trying to see?
4. What question does Joseph have his steward ask the brothers once they chase his brothers down?
5. What deal do they make with the steward?
6. This deal means essentially that when the steward finds the cup in Benjamin’s sack, the brothers are free. They could go back to their father and tell him what happened and the truth is they had no control over it. But how do they respond instead?
7. Judah represents the brothers to Joseph and makes an impassioned appeal. What one word does he repeat over and over throughout?
8. What do you think has happened to Judah in the years since his incident with Tamar and then Joseph and as he stands here?