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.
- What name for Jacob does the author use in the beginning of this chapter? Can you think of any reasons he might be using this name?
- What encouragement does God give him in the middle of this?
- How does this passage show God using a pagan king to take care of His people?
- What important word does the writer use in verse 7? How does that word connect with a major promise theme in Genesis?
- After reminding us of the ‘seed’ promise, we see God keeping His promise to Abraham. These names may seem boring to us at first, but they are reminders God will do exactly what He says He will do.
- What does Joseph do when he sees his father?
- What does God use to protect His people as a people? In other words, how does God keep them from intermingling and intermarrying with the Egyptians and basically becoming Egyptian themselves?