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.
- After giving these specific laws, what does God tell Moses he wants the leadership of Israel to do?
- This is a privilege for all of them, but what does he say for Moses only to do?
- Why do you think that’s true? What does that tell you about Moses? (We want to look carefully at Moses and his role, because it gives us a category for understanding the work of Jesus. How might Moses point forward to Jesus even here?)
- Moses then comes and talks to the people. What does he tell the people? He meets with God and then he tells people the word of God. And how do the people respond? Look back to Exodus 19:8, what did the people say there? What’s with this repetition do you think? What’s the significance of what they are saying?
- Moses then does what in verse 5? (How might this even help us have confidence about what we are reading here in Exodus?)
- After doing this, he rises early in the morning, to do what in verses 5-6? Again, we are seeing a relationship with God requires what?
- He then reads the Book of the Covenant to the people. What is this book of the covenant? Again, what’s going on here with all of this in terms of Israel and their purpose? And how do they respond again?
- After this Moses does something surprising with the rest of the blood. Why? What is the significance of this?
- Moses, Aaron and who else go up where after this?
- What happens when they get there?
- What is it like for them?
- What does it say God did not do in verse 11? What’s the point of that statement?
- What is this all saying about God’s goal for His people and the universe?
- What do they do after they “behold God?” What’s the picture here? What does this have to do with the purpose of Israel? What does this point forward to in God’s great plan?
- What does God say to Moses after this?
- What’s the purpose of the law here? This is important. God describes the reason he wrote these commands down.
- Who goes with Moses? Who stays behind and what are they supposed to do?
- What happens to the mountain when Moses goes up? How long is it before God calls Moses out in the middle of the cloud?
- Why do you think that happens on the seventh day? What does that tell you again about the purpose of creation, the goal of the seventh day even in the creation account, and God’s goal for the universe?
- What did the appearance of the glory of the Lord look like to the people of Israel? What’s that picture teaching you about God?
- How long did Moses stay there on the mountain? Why do you think that timing might be significant?
- A big part of understanding what God is doing in the future is looking back to what God has done in the past. That’s like a Bible reading principle. You get a picture of what God is going to do by looking back at what God has done. What pictures stood out to you from this chapter that help you anticipate the future?