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 problem is Israel facing at the beginning of this chapter and why is that a problem for us?
- What tribe is mentioned twice in verse 1?
- Here’s a nationwide problem, and the author zones in on one nameless couple. Can you think of any other times in the Bible where you have this huge problem, and then God zones in on the birth of a seemingly unimportant child? Isn’t it interesting how God often solves big problems through insignificant beginnings!
- What did this mother do when she couldn’t hide the child any longer? (The word here for basket is actually the Hebrew word for ark. Why might that be significant?)
- The daughter of Pharaoh comes down to the river to bathe while the baby is in the basket. What do you know about the Pharaoh that makes this a frightening situation?
- We know how this story ends but can you imagine being Moses’ sister watching as the daughter of Pharaoh opens the basket and the baby is crying. What does the daughter of Pharaoh say that indicates she knows what “kind” of baby this is?
- But what does Moses’ sister say? How does Pharaoh’s daughter respond? Now you should know something about this particular daughter of Pharaoh. Historically she is known as a very bold woman. She is exactly the kind of woman who would defy her father! What are some of the circumstances has God orchestrated to save Moses here? But notice, God’s name isn’t even mentioned. We are going to see God at work in obvious ways through the plagues, but don’t ever forget God is at work behind the scenes as well.
- What was Pharaoh trying to do to the Hebrew babies? What happens to this Hebrew baby? Where does he live? What is he technically? What does that tell you about going to war against God and His plans?
- In verse 9, we fast forward to Moses at 40. What does he see and how does he react? Why do you think he reacts this way? How do the Hebrews feel about what he did? Why do you think Moses’ attempt to deliver Israel fails?
- Moses flees and he goes to Midian and ends up at a well. He has tried to deliver Israel and failed, and now he is at a well protecting some girls from shepherds. The daughters come home and what do they say about Moses?
- The priest shows hospitality to Moses and he marries one of the daughters. So, even as he is running into the middle of nowhere, God is still looking out for and providing for Moses. But what do you think he must have felt going from the palace of Egypt to the hut of a Midianite priest?
- What does Moses call his son? What do you think he is learning?
- Verses 23 and 24 are very beautiful verses. Israel is hurting, and what do they do? How does God respond? When it says God remembered what do you think it means? Why does God act to save Israel?
- Think about verse 25. What do you think this verse means? What encouragement do you find from what it tells you about God?