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.
- In the previous chapter, Pharaoh has said no to God. The situation has gotten harder for the Israelites. As this chapter opens, is God worried? What is God’s attitude toward this situation?
- What do you think God is going to do to Pharaoh?
- It’s important to understand the situation here. Pharaoh claimed to be a god. He was the head of the greatest superpower in the world. And in a sense, He is going to war against Israel’s God. This is a battle. But the outcome is not in doubt.
- What does God say Pharaoh will end up doing?
- God once again reminds Moses who He is. Look at what He says about Himself carefully. What stands out?
- Why do you think God says He didn’t reveal Himself by his name the Lord to the patriarchs? What could that possibly mean?
- God is a God who keeps promises even when it doesn’t look like it. What do you think it means when He says He has remembered His covenant?
- God is going to rescue the Israelites. He uses an important word in verse 6. I will redeem you. What does this word mean?
- What is going to be the result of this redemption? What is the ultimate purpose beyond just rescue from slavery?
- This is an incredible privilege. What is so amazing about what God’s giving Israel?
- How do they respond? Why?
- God tells Moses to go, but how does Moses respond?
- What is this telling you about who really rescued Israel and why He rescued them?
- What are you learning about God and how He saves from all this?
- After this opening to the chapter, the writer gives you a genealogy. What do you think could be the possible purpose of this genealogy?
- Sometimes when we think God isn’t able to keep His promises, we are actually forgetting the amazing ways He has already kept His promise!
- After giving the genealogy, what does the writer do in verses 28-30? What do you think that tells us about the purpose of the genealogy?