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.
- Joseph went in and talked to whom? Let’s make sure we don’t miss this. What privilege did Joseph experience?
- Joseph presents his brothers to Pharaoh, they make a request, and how doe Joseph respond? What does he effectively offer them?
- How is God keeping His promise to Abraham?
- After presenting his brothers, Joseph brings in his father. What surprising thing does Jacob do? What do you think is the point? What is the theological truth we might learn from this?
- How does Jacob describe the days of the years of his life? He uses a particular word. God’s kept many of His promises, but what does that word tell you about the aspect of the promise God has not fulfilled yet?
- Jacob’s already blessed Pharaoh. But what does he do again after he gives this answer. What possible reason might the author note this again?
- So, the whole world is going through famine, but where does God have his people living and what are they experiencing?
- Joseph brings blessing to Pharaoh. What happens for Pharaoh as a result of Joseph’s management of this crisis?
- While the whole world is giving their possession to Pharaoh, what does verse 27 say about God’s people, Israel?
- In spite of all the privileges and blessings they were experiencing in Egypt, what promise does Jacob force Joseph to make to him? And, why?