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 verse 34 of the last chapter, what does it say about Pharaoh’s heart? Now, in the first verse of this chapter, what does it say about his heart?
- We are learning something about God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. Pharaoh is sinning, and yet God is using his sin to accomplish something. What does God say is the purpose of all this in verse 1 and 2?
- What is the problem with Pharaoh according to verse 3? What can you learn from Pharaoh about the danger of this sin?
- What is the warning God gives about the locusts? Specifically look down at verse 6. (This will be something to remember when we look at the book of Joel.)
- What counsel do Pharaoh’s servants give him? What question do they ask him? How desperate must they have been to ask this to the Pharaoh?
- At first Pharaoh seems to compromise, but in the end he won’t fully submit to God’s word. What does he refuse to allow? How is this like how many people respond when they start experiencing some of the consequences of their sins?
- How bad was this locust plague? Look at verse 15 and try to imagine what this must have been like. What do you think the people of Egypt must have been feeling as they saw this after the other plagues they had experienced?
- What does Pharaoh do in verse 16 and 17? How does God respond. What is amazing about the end of verse 19?
- Next comes darkness. What kind of darkness does Egypt experience according to verse 22 and 23? How long did it last? What was it like in Goshen where Israel lived during this time? Imagine standing in Goshen and looking into the other parts of Egypt. What would you have seen?
- Pharaoh again seems to compromise. But what does he still forbid? After Moses responds, what does he say to Moses?
- After all that God’s done, Pharaoh is still making threats. Isn’t that amazing? Fear pride!