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 does Joseph do at the beginning of this chapter? (Joseph sure has done alot of this, hasn’t he?)
- How long did the Egyptians weep over Jacob? Why is that surprising? Why do you think that might be significant?
- What does Joseph ask to do for his father? What problem does that remind us of here at the end of Genesis?
- What a scene this must have been as Joseph and all these other people come back to Canaan to bury his father? What do you think this was teaching the Canaanites about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
- What were Joseph’s brothers afraid of? What do they call what they did to him? Why is that important?
- How does Joseph respond to their request? Why do you think he responds like that?
- Joseph does not respond with vengeance on his brothers? Why?
- This is a key statement. How does this even encourage you as you think about what’s happened in Genesis? Man broke the world, but what do we know about God? How does this encourage you as you look to the future?
- Joseph lives a long time, and he’s been in Egypt most of his life, but what does he make his descendants promise him? What does that say about Joseph?