Reflection Questions

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 — Jan 1-3

Jan 1

Genesis 1: What does it mean to be created in the image of God?
Genesis 2: What about a relationship with God made Adam and Eve feel no shame? Psalm 1: In what ways are the righteous and wicked contrasted? Luke 1: What limitation made Zechariah hesitate to believe the angel’s message? What things in your life cause you to hesitate to believe?

Jan 2

Genesis 3: Is innocence better than knowledge? Why or why not?
What is the significance of what God said to the serpent? To Adam and Eve? What do you learn about God through His reaction to Adam, Eve, and the serpent? Genesis 4: What differences do you see between Cain and Abel? What is wrong with Cain? Luke 2: What is significant about how God chose to reveal Jesus to the world? Why was Jesus presented at the temple?

Jan 3

Genesis 5: Why does the author remind us that we’re created in God’s image? Genesis 6: What does it look like to walk faithfully with God today? Luke 3: Can you think of how Jesus is good news for the people in your life, both Christians and non-Christians?

Week 2 — Jan 4-10

Jan 4

Genesis 7: What did God see in Noah that He found him “righteous in this generation?” Genesis 8: What was God’s covenant with Noah, and what does it mean for us? Luke 4: How did Jesus respond to temptation, and how does that affect the way you respond? In Nazareth, Jesus announced His mission. How does this affect the way you think about the gospel and your mission?

Jan 5

Genesis 9: What was Ham’s mistake and what was the generational impact of it? Genesis 10: What does Genesis 10 teach us about the origins of the nations and about their relation to one another and to God? Compare with Acts 17:26, Romans 3:29 Psalm 3: What can you learn from this psalm about dealing with opposition and attack? Luke 5: Why did Jesus eat and drink with sinners? Who are you hanging out with and why?

Jan 6

Genesis 11: Why did God destroy something that men thought was a good idea? Genesis 12: What did God promise Abraham and how does that affect us today? Luke 6: How do you discover the plank in your own eye? What do you think about Jesus’ counter-narrative?

Jan 7

Genesis 13: What was the difference between what was important to Abram and important to Lot? Genesis 14: Why do you think Abram was able to decline the king’s offer of possessions? Psalm 4: What is the mood when the psalm starts, ends, and what changes in between? Luke 7: What was it about the centurion’s faith that made it stand out to Jesus? Describe your own faith.

Jan 8

Genesis 15: What did Abram have to do to be called righteous? Genesis 16: How does God treat Hagar? What does that reveal about God’s character and purpose? What happens when you try to take God’s will into your own hands? Luke 8: How we receive God’s word matters. What kind of soil are you? What can you do about it?

Jan 9

Genesis 17: What does God promise Abraham? How does Abraham respond to God’s promises? What has God promised you and how have you responded? Genesis 18: What does Abraham’s bargaining with the angel teach us about God? How does this affect your relationship with God?
Psalm 5: This is a lament and cry for help. What can you learn from it that affects the way you pray? Luke 9: The disciples brought their small lunch to Jesus and He fed 5000 with it. What small thing could you offer to Jesus today that would help someone else? What does it mean to you to take up your cross daily?

Jan 10

Genesis 19: Why do you think Lot and his family hesitated to leave? What can you learn about your own tendencies? Genesis 20: Why do you think God answered Abraham’s prayer after his despicable behavior? How did God protect Sarah when Abraham didn’t? Luke 10: Who is your neighbor? How are you showing mercy to them?

Week 3 — Jan 11-17

Jan 11

Genesis 21: How was God faithful to Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac; and how was He faithful to Hagar and her son? Genesis 22: What is the significance of God choosing Isaac to be the sacrifice? How was Abraham able to obey God even when he didn’t understand? Proverbs 1: What is Solomon’s purpose in writing Proverbs? What does it mean to fear the Lord? Luke 11: What were some of the reasons Jesus took issue with the Pharisees? Do you see any of those issues in your own life? Why can you be confident asking God for your needs?

Jan 12

Genesis 23: Why do you think Abraham insists on paying? Genesis 24: What does the servant’s journey tell you about God’s provision and faithfulness to His promises? Luke 12: What does it mean to be rich toward God? What prompted Jesus to tell this parable? Can you think of time the Holy Spirit spoke through you when you didn’t have the words?

Jan 13

Genesis 25: What is the significance of Rebekah’s difficulty conceiving, just like Sarah? Genesis 26: Isaac is retreading some of his father’s missteps. What can we learn from this? Psalm 6: How does the Lord respond to the one who cries out in anguish? Luke 13: What is it about the heart and practice of the Pharisees that makes Jesus indignant?

Jan 14

Genesis 27: How does God use our sinful nature to further His will? Genesis 28: How are you honoring the dreams God has given you? Why was Jacob afraid and how would you respond in his situation? Luke 14: Why are the contrasts Jesus is making important?

Jan 15

Genesis 29: What is God teaching Jacob and how does it reflect his past decisions? Genesis 30: Compare and contrast Jacob’s honesty with his actions. What is the difference between shrewdness and cheating? Psalm 7: How does David picture God? Compare and contrast this with your picture of God? Luke 15: In the story of the prodigal son, which character do you most relate to? Why?

Jan 16

Genesis 31: In God’s dealings with Jacob, what do you learn about God’s character? About His dealings with sinners? With you? Genesis 32: What does Jacob’s wrestling match reveal about God, about Jacob, about you? Luke 16: How do these parables affect your attitude toward your wealth and possessions? How can you use them to make friends of people? Of God?

Jan 17

Genesis 33: What can you learn here about resolving conflicts with others? Genesis 34: Contrast the main concerns of Hamor, Shechem, Jacob’s sons, and Jacob. Psalm 8: What does this psalm say about God? About human beings? Luke 17: Do you have someone you need to forgive repeatedly? What keeps you from obeying Jesus’ words about forgiveness?

Week 4 — Jan 18-24

Jan 18

Genesis 35: What happened to Jacob between his first encounter with God at Bethel (Gen. 28) and now? What has he learned about God and himself? Genesis 36: Compare and contrast Jacob and Esau in their character and actions. Luke 18: Do you identify more with the Pharisee or the tax collector in Jesus’ parable? Why? Is there someone you look down on?

Jan 19

Genesis 37: In dysfunctional families, there is plenty of blame to be shared. In what ways was Joseph responsible for what happened to him? His brothers? Jacob? Genesis 38: Why is this sordid story in the Bible? (See Matthew 1:1-16) What does it teach you about God? Psalm 9: Why does the psalmist offer praise to God? What has God done? Luke 19: What is Jesus’ stated mission (see v. 10)? How are you joining him on that mission?

Jan 20

Genesis 39: What do you learn from Joseph’s character? Why do you think the Lord was with him? Genesis 40: Do you think Joseph ever got discouraged? Why? What do you do when you’re discouraged? Luke 20: What do Jesus’ words about Caesar and God (see v. 25) mean for you as a Christian and a citizen? What do you owe Caesar? What do you owe God?

Jan 21

Genesis 41: Joseph went from a despised prisoner to the honored leader of Egypt in a hurry. What role did God play in this change? Genesis 42: How have Joseph’s brothers changed? How does this affect the way you pray? Psalm 10: Can you think of a time you’ve felt afflicted like this? What did you do? To what conclusion does the psalmist come? Luke 21: Based on the words of Jesus here, what does it look like for you to be ready for His return?

Jan 22

Genesis 43: Imagine being betrayed by those closest to you, as Joseph was. How could Joseph respond like this? How can you respond with similar grace? Genesis 44: What is God teaching (a) the brothers and (b) Jacob through Joseph? Luke 22: Compare and contrast Jesus and the disciples in the garden praying. How will this change the way you pray?

Jan 23

Genesis 45: Imagine the brothers’ conversation on the way home, and Jacob’s response as he heard the news. Genesis 46: Why does God speak to Jacob in the night before he moves his family to Egypt? Proverbs 2: What are the benefits of wisdom? Luke 23: Compare and contrast the actions of Jesus on the cross with the reactions of his disciples, the crowd, the soldiers and the criminals who were crucified with him.

Jan 24

Genesis 47: What is the significance of Jacob blessing Pharaoh? Genesis 48: How does Jacob sum up his life here? How would you sum up yours? Luke 24: Imagine being the women trying to convince the despondent disciples that Jesus is alive. What would you say? Who will you tell today that Jesus is alive?

Week 5 — Jan 25-31

Jan 25

Genesis 49: On what basis did Jacob make his predictions about his sons? What kind of future would someone who knows you well predict for you, especially spiritually? Genesis 50: Where in your life might God be working in difficult circumstances for long term good? Psalm 11: What does the psalmist say (a) God does, and (b) the psalmist does? Acts 1: Why do you need the Holy Spirit? What will He do in your life?

Jan 26

Exodus 1: How does the midwives’ attitude toward God affect their attitude toward people? Toward Pharaoh’s edict? Exodus 2: How did God use Moses’ home and palace experiences to develop him? What experiences do you sometimes regard as wasted? Acts 2: What does this chapter say about the Holy Spirit and you? (Look again at the experience in verses 1-4, Peter’s explanation of it, and the experience of the early church.)

Jan 27

Exodus 3-4: What are Moses’ objections to God’s call, and what are God’s answers to each objection? What excuses are you making to avoid obedience to God? Psalm 12: When have you felt betrayed, and what was your response? Contrast that with the psalmist’s response. Acts 3: What has God given you that you can share today with others?

Jan 28

Exodus 5: Have you ever obeyed God and it seemed to backfire? What did you do? What did Moses do? Exodus 6: What was God’s answer to Moses’ protest? What was the Israelites’ response to God’s promise? What do you do when discouraged? Acts 4: What was the believers’ response when facing opposition? What is yours?

Jan 29

Exodus 7-8: For what is Pharaoh responsible? God? Moses? Psalm 13: What long term issue have you struggled with? Pray this psalm over that issue. Acts 5: What motivated Ananias and Sapphira to lie? When has that motivation affected your behavior?

Jan 30

Exodus 9-10: What qualities of (a) Pharaoh, (b) Moses and (c) God are revealed in their actions here? Acts 6: List the qualifications required for those selected to “wait on tables.” Would you require such qualifications for a duty like this? Why or why not?

Jan 31

Exodus 11-12: Compare (a) the details of the Passover night and the memorial meal associated with it, with (b) the death of Christ and the meal associated with it. Psalm 14: How does Paul use this psalm in Romans 3? Acts 7: What is the significance of Jesus standing at the right hand of God? Of Stephen praying the same prayer as Jesus on the cross?

Week 6 — Feb 1-7

Feb 1

Exodus 13: Why do you think it was important to commemorate what God had done? Exodus 14: What would your reaction be if you were surrounded by desert, a sea and an enemy army? Where do you need God to fight for you today? Acts 8: In what different ways did God direct Philip? How has God directed you?

Feb 2

Exodus 15: Celebration was soon followed by grumbling. What causes you to lose your joy? What do you do to regain it? Exodus 16: How did God provide for Israel in the wilderness? How has He provided for you this month? This year? Psalm 15: List the character qualities required to live in God’s presence. Where can you improve? Acts 9: Imagine being Ananias. Would you obey God in that situation? What would it take to convince you?

Feb 3

Exodus 17: Why do you think God told Moses to use his staff in both these situations? Exodus 18: Summarize Jethro’s advice to Moses. How can you put this into practice? Acts 10: Why is the story of Cornelius so important to the spread of the gospel? Why do you think God interrupted Peter to pour out the Spirit?

Feb 4

Exodus 19: What are the terms of the covenant in verses 3-6? Exodus 20: Reflect on the Ten Commandments. Where is your obedience lacking? What will you do? Proverbs 3: What verse in this chapter speaks to you? How will you apply it today? Acts 11: Why did Peter need to explain his actions to the Jewish Christian leaders? What happened next?

Feb 5

Exodus 21-22: What do these laws tell you about God’s values? His character? What questions do they raise? Acts 12: Characterize the prayers and faith of (a) Peter, and (b) the church. What can you learn from them?

Feb 6

Exodus 23: Review God’s promises in verses 20-33. What has God promised you? Exodus 24: What was the people’s response to the covenant (see verses 3, 7)? What is your response to the new covenant in Jesus? Psalm 16: What does the psalmist expect God to do? What does he promise? Acts 13: Saul and Barnabas were called by God to a specific work. How did that happen? Have you experienced such a call? How? Are you open to it?

Feb 7

Exodus 25-26: Who was to participate in the offering for the tabernacle? How does your heart prompt you to give? Acts 14: How did Paul encourage the new believers to remain true to the faith? How do you respond to the hardships you experience?

Week 7 — Feb 8-14

Feb 8

Exodus 27-28: Why was Aaron to bear the names of sons of Israel on his shoulders? What does this suggest to you about your prayers? Psalm 17: Choose a couple verses from this psalm that you would like to be your prayer today. Pray it at various times during the day. Acts 15: How did the council at Jerusalem come to a very difficult conclusion? List the steps they took. How does this influence your decision making?

Feb 9

Exodus 29-30: What is the significance of anointing with blood and oil the right ear lobe, right thumb and right big toe of the priests to consecrate them? Acts 16: What were Paul and Silas’ responses to being unjustly imprisoned? What does this teach you about relying on God and using your wits?

Feb 10

Exodus 31: What qualified Bezalel to do his work? What practical skills has God given you that you could use for Him? Exodus 32: Why do you think the people of Israel turned away from God so quickly? Psalm 18: Look at v. 6. What distresses you? Pray about it now—cry to God for help! Acts 17: What made the Berean Jews “of more noble character” than those in Thessalonica? How do you “examine the Scriptures every day?”

Feb 11

Exodus 33: What made Moses such a great leader? What can you apply from this to your own leadership? Exodus 34: Reflect upon God’s self-revelation to Moses (v. 6-7). What does this tell you about the character of God and how does it make you feel? Acts 18: Where did Paul begin his ministry in Corinth? Why was this his habit? Where did he move and why? How did God encourage him?

Feb 12

Exodus 35-36: Moses reiterates the Sabbath command. Why do you think he needed to remind them, and why is it so harsh? How do you Sabbath? Psalm 19: What two things does the psalmist direct us to in order to know God? How do you interact with each of them? Acts 19: Paul ministered effectively in Ephesus for two years and ultimately impacted the idol economy. How could Christians today have the same kind of impact?

Feb 13

Exodus 37-38: What do you think is the purpose of this detailed account of the materials and making of the tabernacle? What does this say about what is important? Acts 20: From Paul’s farewell to the Ephesian elders: what most speaks to you and how will you put it into practice today?

Feb 14

Exodus 39-40: Why did the glory of the Lord fill the tabernacle? What does that mean for you as the temple of the Lord (see 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20)? Psalm 20: Think of someone you love and pray this prayer over them. Acts 21: How do you explain that the Spirit used others to warn Paul not to go to Jerusalem, while the same Spirit drove Paul to go? Could they both be right? How does that affect your view of others?

Week 8 — Feb 15-21

Feb 15

Leviticus 1-2: Consider how the burnt offering may be a picture of the normal Christian life (see Romans 12:1-2). Acts 22: Reread Paul’s 3 minute story. Write your own 3 minute story that includes pre-Jesus, meeting Jesus, and your new purpose.

Feb 16

Leviticus 3-4: Describe the purposes of the various offerings required so far in Leviticus. Proverbs 4: What are some ways named here to get wisdom? What are you doing to actively gain wisdom? Acts 23: What do you learn from Paul’s tactic in the Sanhedrin of pitting Sadducees against Pharisees? (See Matthew 10:16)

Feb 17

Leviticus 5-6: What is God’s attitude toward a witness who hides his knowledge of a crime? Compare this with contemporary efforts to remain uninvolved. Acts 24: What charges did the Jewish leaders level against Paul? Which were true? Partially true? Untrue? How did Paul answer them?

Feb 18

Leviticus 7-8: Does God receive the best part of your life? Why? Psalm 21: King David rejoices in his victories. What has God helped you with that is a cause for rejoicing? Acts 25: Why did Paul appeal to Caesar? What does this say about our relationship to God and to the state?

Feb 19

Leviticus 9: What had to happen before the glory of the Lord could appear? How does that relate to you? Leviticus 10: Why was God so harsh with Nadab and Abihu? With Aaron? Acts 26: What did King Agrippa think Paul was trying to do? Who thinks that about you?

Feb 20

Leviticus 11-12: Summarize the Jewish kosher food laws and compare them with Mark 7:14-19. How does this make you feel? Psalm 22: Reread this psalm and imagine Jesus singing it from the cross. (See Matthew 27:46) Acts 27: How did God encourage Paul? How did Paul encourage his shipmates? How are you using God’s encouragement to help others?

Feb 21

Leviticus 13-14: What was the goal of these regulations? What does that tell you about God? Acts 28: What was Paul’s status at the end of Acts? What was he doing? Is there anything that keeps you from doing what God called you to do?

Week 9 — Feb 22-28

Feb 22

Leviticus 15-16: What was God’s basic concern behind the regulations in ch. 15? Behind the Day of Atonement in ch. 16? What does this tell you about God? Psalm 23: Pray this psalm slowly, verse by verse, and let it speak to you. Galatians 1: What problem in the Galatian churches was Paul addressing? Why was his story important in addressing that problem?

Feb 23

Leviticus 17-18: Why did God give the sexual restrictions in ch. 18? How were these restrictions related to the nations around them, to them, and to God? Galatians 2: What was Cephas’ hypocrisy? How did Paul stand up to him? When should you publicly oppose someone you respect?

Feb 24

Leviticus 19-20: In this list of various laws, which one got your attention as something you need to do today? Which one puzzled you? Why?
Psalm 24: How do verses 1-2 affect the way you think about caring for our world? Galatians 3: How do verses 26-28 affect the way you think of and treat other people?

Feb 25

Leviticus 21-22: Why were the priests held to a different standard? What does it mean to you to be holy to the Lord? Galatians 4: What was the role of the Law? How does this affect the way you read the Old Testament?

Feb 26

Leviticus 23-24: What were the purposes of Israel’s festivals? What does this tell you about God? Psalm 25: Pray this psalm. What verse will you use as a prayer all day long today? Galatians 5: What does Paul mean by “the flesh”? What cannot help you overcome the flesh? What can? What does it mean to walk in the Spirit?

Feb 27

Leviticus 25: What happened in the year of Jubilee and what was God’s purpose in it? Leviticus 26: Why do you think blessings follow obedience? Galatians 6: Where have you become weary in doing good? Why should you persevere?

Feb 28

Leviticus 27: List the things one could dedicate to the Lord by a vow. What belongs to the Lord outright? Proverbs 5: What are the consequences of adultery? Make a list. Is it worth it? Philemon: How does Paul’s letter place master and slave on the same footing and quietly undermine slavery?