These questions are designed to help you reflect on what you’re reading. They can guide your journaling or group discussions and are meant as a tool, not as an obligation.
Week 1 — Mar 1-7
Numbers 1:What are the Levites’ tasks? Why aren’t they included in the census (relate to the purpose of the census)?Numbers 2:Why do you think God put the tent of meeting and the Levites in the middle of the camp? Matthew 1:What women are named in Jesus’ genealogy and what do they tell you about God and the gospel?
Numbers 3: Describe the work of the Levites. How would it feel to belong to God as a Levite? Numbers 4: What can you learn about God from the division of labor among the Levites? Psalm 26: Can you pray this prayer? If not, what needs to change? Matthew 2: How did God intervene to protect Jesus? Imagine being Joseph. How would you feel through all this?
Numbers 5: What is the purpose of restitution for wrongs? Is there anyone to whom you need to make restitution? Numbers 6: Memorize the blessing in v. 24-26 and say it to someone today. Bless them! Matthew 3: Why was sinless Jesus baptized by John, and what followed immediately?
Numbers 7: Why do you think the holy things were to be carried on the shoulders of the Kohathites and not on a cart (see v. 9)? Numbers 8: God gave very specific instructions, and Moses obeyed exactly. What specific instructions has God given you? Have you obeyed? Psalm 27: Think of what makes you afraid, then pray this psalm over your fears. Matthew 4: How did Jesus resist temptation? How can you do the same?
Numbers 9: The Israelites followed God’s lead through the cloud. How can you follow the Lord’s lead in your life? Numbers 10: Even though God was leading through the cloud, Moses asked his father-in-law to come along since he knew where to camp. What does that tell you about the relationship of human and divine guidance? Matthew 5: What does Jesus mean that you are the salt of the earth and the light of the world? How does that affect the way you think about your life?
Numbers 11: Why did the people grumble? What was God’s response? What have you grumbled about lately? Change that to a prayer of thanks. Numbers 12: What was Aaron and Miriam’s sin, and how did the Lord relate to them differently than Moses? Psalm 28: Cry to God for mercy. What is His response? (see v. 7-8) Matthew 6: What do you worry about? What does Jesus say to you about that?
Numbers 13: Compare and contrast Caleb’s report with that of the 10 other spies. Numbers 14: What was the result of the bad report, immediately and ultimately? What was Caleb and Joshua’s rebuttal to the bad report? Matthew 7: Who are you prone to judge and condemn? What does Jesus say to do instead?
Week 2 — Mar 8-14
Numbers 15: What was the purpose of these various offerings to God? What would God like you to offer, and why? Numbers 16: Why did God punish Korah so harshly, and what does it tell you about God and what He values? Psalm 29: Join David in giving worship to God as you read this psalm. Where have you seen the power of God’s voice? Matthew 8: What does Jesus’ response to the leper in v. 3 suggest about God’s heart toward you?
Numbers 17: What was God’s purpose in causing Aaron’s rod to sprout? What argument was He settling and why was it important? Numbers 18: What were the Levites to offer to the Lord and the priests? (See v. 29-32). How can you give God your best? Matthew 9: Look at v. 13. What does it mean when God says, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”?
Numbers 19-20: Compare and contrast the water in these two chapters and its purpose. How is Jesus the fulfillment of both? Psalm 30: Pray this psalm of praise, and then in your own words, thank God that His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime! Matthew 10: What stands out to you from Jesus’ instructions to those He sent on mission? What has Jesus sent you to do?
Numbers 21: Compare the story of the bronze snake and Jesus (see John 3:14-15). Numbers 22: Everyone loves the story of Balaam’s donkey! When has God spoken to you and gotten your attention in an unexpected way? Matthew 11: Memorize and meditate on v. 28-30. What does it tell you about Jesus?
Numbers 23-24: Balaam could only say what God gave him. Pray and ask God to give you words to say to others (see Matthew 10:19-20). Proverbs 6: What sins or failures does this chapter warn us to avoid at all costs? Matthew 12: What is Jesus’ relationship to the Sabbath, and what does that tell you about Him?
Numbers 25: When Balak of Moab couldn’t get Balaam to curse Israel, what did he do instead? What does this tell you about the enemy of our souls and his plans to destroy us? Numbers 26: Why was a second census necessary? Matthew 13: Of the four types of soil in Jesus’ parable, which one do you most identify with and why?
Numbers 27: Why did Moses pray for a new leader, and what was the new leader to do? Numbers 28: What was the purpose of the offerings, and how are they fulfilled in Jesus? Psalm 31: Pray this psalm, and think about how you take refuge in the Lord. Matthew 14: What does the feeding of the 5000 teach you about Jesus? About His disciples?
Week 3 — Mar 15-21
Numbers 29: Some of the festivals were to be celebrations. What were they to celebrate and how? What does that tell you about God? Numbers 30: What do you learn here about vows? Compare this with Matthew 5:33-37. Matthew 15: What was Jesus’ response to religionists who were concerned about outward ceremonies? What matters to Jesus? To you?
Numbers 31: Why do you think God commanded vengeance on the Midianites? Contrast this with Matthew 5:38-48 and Romans 12:19-21. Numbers 32: What was Moses’ requirement for the tribes who wanted to stay on the east side of the Jordan? How should that affect your behavior towards others? Psalm 32: Read this psalm aloud, confess your sins and thank God for the blessing of forgiveness. Matthew 16: What does it mean for you to lose your life for Jesus so you can find it (v. 25)?
Numbers 33: Map out your life history in major stages. Where do you see God’s faithfulness and purposes? Numbers 34: The Promised Land had boundaries. What are the boundaries that God has established in your life? Matthew 17: What was the intended impact of the transfiguration on the disciples? On you?
Numbers 35-36: What was God’s purpose in setting aside cities of refuge? What does that tell you about God? About humans? Psalm 33: After a call to praise God, the psalmist lists reasons to praise. Find three reasons to praise God that resonate with you. Matthew 18: When Jesus told the disciples they must become like little children, what characteristics do you think He had in mind? Why would those be important?
Deuteronomy 1: When the Israelites refused to enter the promised land, what was Moses’ response (v. 29-33)? How can you apply this to your fears? Deut. 2: Who were the Israelites forbidden to attack or take any of their land or goods? Why? What does that tell you about God? Matthew 19: Jesus told the rich young man he lacked one thing. If Jesus told you that, what might it be in your life? Pray about it.
Deut. 3: Moses’ role shifted from leader to cheerleader; he was to encourage and strengthen Joshua. Who could you encourage and strengthen today? Deut. 4: Deuteronomy is a “second law”—a recapitulation of God’s law for Israel. Moses repeatedly calls them to obey. What would happen if they obeyed? (v. 6-8) Psalm 34: How have you personally tasted (experienced) the goodness of God (v. 8). Thank Him for it. Matthew 20: What is the point of the parable of the workers (v. 1-16)? How is God like the owner of the vineyard?
Deut. 5: Compare and contrast the Sabbath law here with Exodus 20. Deut. 6: Memorize the Shema (v. 4-5). What are we to do with God’s commandments (v. 6-9)? Matthew 21: You are now the temple (house) of God. What would it look like for you to be “a house of prayer?”
Week 4 — Mar 22-28
Deut. 7: Why did the Lord choose Israel (v. 7-9)? Why did He choose you? (See Ephesians 1:3-6, 2:8-10) Deut. 8: What makes you forget the Lord? What can you do to remember? Psalm 35: Who is contending (fighting) with you? Have you asked the Lord to contend for you? And to show you where you need to change? Matthew 22: What does it mean that “all the law and prophets hang on these two commandments?” Where does God want to upgrade your love?
Deut. 9: Moses repeatedly interceded for the nation of Israel and God responded. Whom are you praying for faithfully? Deut. 10: What did God ask of them (v. 12-13)? What are the differences in these verbs? Which one speaks to you and why? Matthew 23: Is there anywhere you are not “practicing what you preach?” Or doing good things to be seen by others? Or seeking to exalt yourself?
Deut. 11: Moses called them to love and obey God. How are these two things related? (See John 14:15, 1 John 5:3) Deut. 12: Why did God direct them to a single centralized place of worship? What was He trying to help them avoid and why was that important? Proverbs 7: What will keep you from the snare of adultery? Matthew 24: What does it mean for you to be ready for the Lord’s return?
Deut. 13: God gave harsh punishments for idolatry; it’s serious. What idols tempt you and draw your attention or affection? Deut. 14: Are Christians expected to keep the Jewish food laws? (See Mark 7:17-19). What about tithing? (See Matthew 23:23) Matthew 25: How are you using what God has invested in you for His purposes?
Deut. 15: How were they to treat the poor? (v. 7-11). How do you treat the poor? Deut. 16: The Passover was a remembrance of God’s salvation. What do you do to remind yourself of God’s work in your life? Psalm 36: How does the psalmist describe God’s love and righteousness? How would you describe it if you were to write a psalm? Matthew 26: Why did Jesus memorialize this woman? How can you do what she did?
Deut. 17: God didn’t want any defective sacrifices, only the best. What does that say to you about your offerings to God of your time, talent and treasure? Deut. 18: What parameters does God put on prophets and prophecy? Why was this important? Matthew 27: What was the significance of the temple curtain being torn from top to bottom? What does this mean for your relationship with God? (See Hebrews 10:19-25)
Deut. 19: What was done to lying witnesses? Why was it so important to tell the truth? Deut. 20: What about these war rules seems humane? Brutal? Psalm 37: Find one or two promises in this psalm and pray them back to God as your own. Matthew 28: What four verbs does Jesus use in the Great Commission (v. 19-20)? How are you involved in making disciples?
Week 5 — Mar 29-Apr 4
Deut. 21: How did God protect women captured in war? Why? Deut. 22: What is our responsibility when we see a neighbor in need? Romans 1: List Paul’s three “I am’s” in v. 14-16. What speaks to you? Do those describe you as well?
Deut. 23: Contrast the exclusion of outsiders in this chapter with the ministry of Jesus. (See Mark 2:13-17) Deut. 24: Which of these rules make sense to you? Which ones don’t? Why? Psalm 38: This is another psalm of contrition. As you read it aloud, pause to confess your sin and accept God’s gracious forgiveness. Romans 2: What do Jews and Gentiles (all humanity) have in common? Why should we not pass judgment on others?
Deut. 25: What implications do v. 13-16 have for your business? Your personal finances? Deut. 26: What was the purpose of giving the first fruits and tithes to God for the giver? For the recipients? Romans 3: Summarize in your own words the gospel as Paul presents it in v. 21-24.
Deut. 27-28: What are the consequences for disobedience to God’s law? For obedience? How does this make you feel? Psalm 39: Pray the prayer in v. 4-5. Does this inspire any visions of what you want to do with your life? Romans 4: How was Abraham the father of faith? How was he an example of righteousness by faith, not works?
Deut. 29: What would happen if they carefully followed the covenant (see v. 9)? Why do you believe this would be so? Deut. 30: God urged them to choose life. What does that tell you about our relationship with God? Romans 5: How has God demonstrated His love for us, and what are the results?
Deut. 31: Why did Moses assemble the people and read the Law? What does this imply for your own spiritual practices? Deut. 32: Why do think Moses wrote his song? How do songs affect us? What songs do you remember from your early days? Psalm 40: What does it mean for you in your situation right now to wait for the Lord? To trust in the Lord? Romans 6: What does it mean practically for you to consider yourself dead to sin but alive to God today?
Deut. 33: Compare and contrast Moses’ blessing here with Jacob’s in Genesis 49. Deut. 34: Why do you think God buried Moses and no one knew where his grave was? What was unique about Moses? Romans 7: Describe the inner war and the solution Paul proposes. Have you experienced this battle? And the solution?
Week 6 — Apr 5-11
Joshua 1: Three times the Lord tells Joshua to be strong and courageous. What promises or commands are included each time? Proverbs 8: Practically, what would it look like to value wisdom more than wealth? Romans 8: Identify at least 3 (there are more) results of living in the Spirit. What could you do to be more led by the Spirit?
Joshua 2: Rahab is listed as a hero of faith (Hebrews 11:31). Describe her faith and the actions that resulted from it. (James 2:14-26) How does your faith demonstrate itself? Psalm 41: How do you show “regard for the weak?” How does God bless that? Romans 9: Paul expressed his anguish for his people. For whom do you feel this anguish and pray fervently? (See also 10:1)
Joshua 3: What was the significance of consecrating themselves before crossing the Jordan? Joshua 4: What was the significance of the stopping the Jordan River? See v. 23-24. What has God done in your life so that you and others might know Him? Romans 10: Based on the promise in v. 13, what is your response to the series of questions in v. 14-15?
Joshua 5: What was the significance of the circumcision ceremony in Gilgal? How did God “roll away your reproach?” Joshua 6: What was God’s role in the battle? Joshua’s role? The Israelites’ role? What can you learn from this about facing your own battles? Romans 11: What does this chapter (and the two before) say about the sovereignty of God? About the free will of humans? How does that make you feel?
Joshua 7: Achan’s sin affected the whole community. Can you think of an example in your life when someone’s sin had a huge ripple effect? How does that make you feel? Joshua 8: What is the significance of renewing the covenant immediately after the victory at Ai? Psalm 42: Have you experienced the psalmist’s thirst for God? What causes this thirst? What prevents it? Romans 12: What are you doing regularly to renew your mind in Christ? What changes have you seen?
Joshua 9: Think of an example of making a bad decision because you failed to “inquire of the Lord.” What kinds of decisions should you inquire of the Lord? Joshua 10: Israel’s mistake with Gibeon resulted in war almost immediately. What was God’s response? What does this tell you about the Lord? Romans 13: In your own words, summarize what Paul says about love in v. 8-10. How does this compare to what Jesus taught about love?
Joshua 11-12: These chapters list the extent of Joshua’s conquest, all according to the Lord’s command (12:15). What victory in your life is waiting on your obedience to God? Psalm 43: What situation can you pray this over? “Vindicate me, rescue me.” Pray this psalm over it, and end by putting your hope in God. Romans 14: What is a “disputable matter” over which you disagree with other believers? How does Paul say you should handle this? Why?
Week 7 — Apr 12-18
Joshua 13-14: What lessons can you learn from the example of Caleb in 14:6-15? Romans 15: What fellow Christian is difficult for you to accept because of their stance on a “disputable matter”? What advice does Paul give to help you accept them?
Joshua 15-16: Why does the author include these lengthy chapters on the tribal allotments in the Promised Land? What do they suggest about the promises of God? Psalm 44: What do you think of the psalmist’s claim that God has deserted them through no fault of their own? Romans 16: What does Paul’s lengthy list of greetings tell you about Paul? About Christian ministry? About his co-workers?
Joshua 17-18: Compare and contrast the attitudes of Caleb and the tribe of Joseph regarding their inheritance. 1 Corinthians 1: What was the first problem in the church that Paul addressed, and what was his solution?
Joshua 19-20: How were the cities of refuge an expression of justice and mercy? What does this tell you about God? Psalm 45: This is a wedding song from the king’s wedding. Compare it with Hebrews 1, where it is quoted about Jesus. What does it tell you about Him? 1 Corinthians 2: Contrast the wisdom of God and human wisdom. How has God given us “the mind of Christ?”
Joshua 21: What is the major thought of the author as he looks back over the allotment of the land? How has God demonstrated His faithfulness to you? Joshua 22: What mistake did the Israelites make when they heard the eastern tribes had built an altar? How did they resolve this? 1 Corinthians 3: How does Paul describe himself? His fellow workers? The Corinthian Christians? Which description best fits you? Why?
Joshua 23: In Joshua’s farewell speech, what does he command the people to do? What does he warn them against? Joshua 24: Joshua reminds them of their history and calls them to renew the covenant. Read v. 15. What is your response? Why? Proverbs 9: Compare and contrast mockers and the wise. Which best describes you? 1 Corinthians 4: Who do you imitate? And who is imitating you? Can you offer yourself to others as someone worth following? If not, what needs to change?
Judges 1: The book of Judges has a promising start. What is the first hint of trouble brewing? Judges 2: What is God’s response to their failure? What cycle follows? What application can you make for your life? 1 Corinthians 5: Why did Paul insist they remove this man from their church? What was his goal for the church? For the man?
Week 8 — Apr 19-25
Judges 3: Name two reasons God left people from other nations in the Promised Land. Judges 4: Deborah was both a prophet and judge in Israel. What does this tell you about God and gender roles? Psalm 46: Pray this prayer, and then be still for several moments and know that He is God. 1 Corinthians 6: How specifically can you honor God with your body?
Judges 5: What does Deborah’s song celebrate? Judges 6: Describe Gideon’s character, his relationship with God, and with his neighbors. Why did God choose him? 1 Corinthians 7: What is Paul’s guiding principle (see v. 17-24), and why does he think this is critical?
Judges 7: Why did God whittle down Gideon’s army? Where do you feel whittled down? Judges 8: Gideon’s victory was quickly followed by failure. What did he do and how did it backfire? Psalm 47: After reading the psalm aloud, take a moment to sing a song of praise to God! 1 Corinthians 8: As far as Paul was concerned, what was the problem with eating food offered to idols? Can you think of a similar problem today?
Judges 9: Abimilek’s methods boomerang back on him. When have you done something that came back to bite you? Judges 10: The cycle kept repeating itself: idolatry, bondage, cry out to God, repentance, back to idolatry. What can be done to break such a cycle in your own life? In a church or nation? 1 Corinthians 9: What were Paul’s rights? Why did he choose to forego them? Where might you forego a right for the good of others?
Judges 11-12: Compare Jephthah’s rash vow with Ecclesiastes 5:4-7 and Matthew 5:33-37. What do you think Jesus would have said to Jephthah? Psalm 48: This is a love song for Jerusalem, the place of God’s temple. God’s people (you, his church) are now His temple. Pray this psalm with that in mind. 1 Corinthians 10: What two motives guide all of Paul’s actions (see v. 31-33)? Live today guided by these two motives.
Judges 13-14: If ever there was a flawed hero, it’s Samson! Where does God show up in this story, and where does Samson light out on his own? 1 Corinthians 11: What were the problems with the Corinthians’ celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and what solutions did Paul propose?
Judges 15-16: What were the warning signs along the way that Samson ignored? Where have you been careless regarding God’s commands? Psalm 49: Compare the psalmist’s assessment in v. 7-9 that no one can redeem or ransom a life with Mark 10:45 and 1 Peter 1:18-19. 1 Corinthians 12: Which gifts has the Spirit given you and how are you using them “for the common good?”
Week 9 — Apr 26-30
Judges 17-18: “In those days Israel had no king.” Why do you think the author included this commentary in the middle of this story? What events might have been different with a king in place? What does that tell you about leadership? 1 Corinthians 13: Insert your name instead of the word “love” in v. 4-7. Does that describe you? Ask God to grow your love in specific, practical ways.
Judges 19: This sordid story also begins with “in those days Israel had no king.” What is wrong with this story and what purpose does it serve? Psalm 50: God says He doesn’t need their sacrifices. Why? What does He want? How can you give that to Him? 1 Corinthians 14: What should your attitude be toward spiritual gifts? (See v. 1, 39-40)
Judges 20: Things go from bad to worse. Where is God active in this human debacle? Why? What is the ultimate outcome of unrepented sin? 1 Corinthians 15: Restate the gospel as Paul explains it in v. 3-8. Why is the resurrection central to the gospel (12-34)? What is Paul’s conclusion (58)?
Judges 21: The story gets worse, and ends with “everyone did as they saw fit.” What happens when people live this way? How does this ending to the book of Judges make you feel? What does it make you desire? Proverbs 10: This is the first chapter of collected proverbs (short pithy sayings of wisdom). Pick out one or two that speak to you, and share them with a friend today. 1 Corinthians 16: Paul had a great opportunity for ministry in Ephesus, and faced great opposition. What was his response? What is your response when faced with opposition?
Ruth 1-4: Why is this lovely story in the Bible? (See 4:18-22 and Matthew 1:1-6). What does that tell you about the gospel? Where is God active in this story? In your story?