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.
- How long has it been since Israel came out of Egypt at the beginning of chapter 19?
- Where do they camp?
- Where does Moses go? (Think about that! What does that tell us about the unique privilege Israel was experiencing at this point? What else does it tell you God’s people need if they are going to accomplish God’s mission?)
- How does God describe what He did for the Israelites in verse 4? What image does he use? What do you think is intended by that picture?
- What is the if then in verse 5 and 6? What does God say Israel needs to do and what will happen if they do it?
- Think especially about the phrase kingdom of priests. What is the job of a priest? Who does God want to be these priests? And who would they be doing this job for? What does this tell you about the purpose of Israel and how God intended Israel to accomplish that purpose?
- How do the people respond to what God tells them through Moses?
- What does Moses do when they have responded like that?
- What does this tell you about the work of Moses? What work might this point forward to in salvation history?
- What does God tell Moses to tell the people to do? Why? (When is God going to do this? Take note of this day, because so often in Scripture when God shows up to do something awesome in salvation history, it’s on this particular day.)
- What does the fact that God has to come down to Mount Sinai and that the people have to consecrate themselves tell you about God?
- What does Moses have to do around the mountain and why? What do you think this is telling you about God?
- Read verse 16-20 and try to get the picture in your mind. What stands out to you as you read this scene?
- What does God tell Moses to warn the people in verse 20? What are we learning here about the presence of God? What does this tell us about our need if we are going to ever live in God’s presence?