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 — November 1-6

November 1

Ezra 1-2: God is portrayed as sovereign over the kingdoms of the world. How does this affect the way you see world events today and your prayers? Psalm 126: What great things has the Lord done for you that make you want to sing for joy? Take a moment and sing! Luke 1: How does the angel describe John? (v. 13-17) Which of these characteristics would you like to be true of you? Make it a prayer now.

November 2

Ezra 3: Why do you think some of the older people wept when they saw the temple foundation being laid? Ezra 4: Has anyone ever opposed you or purposely discouraged you in doing God’s will? What was your response? Luke 2: Trace the responses of Mary through this chapter. What can you learn from her?

November 3

Ezra 5-6: Compare this story and the concluding verse (7:22) with Proverbs 21:1. Psalm 127: How does this psalm affect the way you do your work? Plan your schedule? Plan your family? Luke 3: What does it mean to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance?” What is the fruit of your repentance?

November 4

Ezra 7: How is Ezra described, and what would you like to emulate? Ezra 8: How did Ezra express his trust in God for the journey? How did he express his care for God’s reputation? What was the result? Luke 4: What did Jesus say that infuriated the citizens of Nazareth? What does that say about his mission? Your mission?

November 5

Ezra 9-10: Ezra confessed as though the people’s sins were his own. Why? Have you ever prayed this way? If not, take some time to do it now. Psalm 128: What blessings await those who fear the Lord? Luke 5: Why do you think Jesus used this fishing miracle to call Peter and his partners? What was prophetic about it? What was the promise?

November 6

Nehemiah 1: What is Nehemiah’s response to Jerusalem’s distress? Reflect on his prayer and let it influence yours today. Nehemiah 2: Analyze Nehemiah’s interaction with the king. What can you take away from it? Luke 6: How does Jesus describe his relationship to the Sabbath (and by extension, the Law)?

Week 2 — November 7-13

November 7

Nehemiah 3-4: If a list were made of various roles in God’s work, what would yours be? What were Nehemiah’s responses to his opponents’ threats? Psalm 129: What confidence does the psalmist express in the face of opposition? Luke 7: Trace the emotions of Jesus through this chapter. What does that tell you about him?

November 8

Nehemiah 5: Describe Nehemiah’s leadership in this chapter. What makes him an effective leader? Nehemiah 6: List the different ways Nehemiah’s opponents tried to derail him. How did he resist? Luke 8: What does Jesus tell the man who had “Legion” to do once he was well? How could you do the same?

November 9

Nehemiah 7-8: Why did people weep when Ezra read the Law? What did Nehemiah tell them to do instead, and why? Psalm 130: Pray this psalm slowly. What speaks to you? Luke 9: What is the significance of the practical instructions Jesus gave the 12 for their missionary journey? What instructions has he given you for your mission?

November 10

Nehemiah 9: This long prayer is a praise for all God has done. As you read it, list what it says about who God is and what he has done. Nehemiah 10: In response to all God has done, the people make promises. What did they promise to do? Luke 10: Contrast Mary and Martha’s response to Jesus. Which one do you most identify with and why? What would you like to change?

November 11

Nehemiah 11-13: Nehemiah was gone for a while and found lots of problems when he returned. What were the problems and what did he do about them? Proverbs 26: Why do v. 4 and 5 seem to contradict each other? What does this tell you about the nature of proverbs? Luke 11: What is the meaning of the story of the friend at midnight? (Hint: see v. 9-13). How will this affect your prayers today?

November 12

Esther 1-3: What do you observe about the character of Mordecai and Esther? Where do you see the hand of God invisibly at work? Luke 12: List the reasons Jesus gives that you should not worry.

November 13

Esther 4-6: Evaluate Mordecai’s appeal to Esther and her response in 4:13-17. Psalm 131: Pray this psalm slowly and take some time to calm and quiet yourself before God. Luke 13: “Repent or perish!” Where do you need to repent (to turn away from sin and back to God)?

Week 3 — November 14-20

November 14

Esther 7-10: What is the purpose of the story of Esther? Your big takeaway? Luke 14: Count the cost! What are the costs of discipleship that Jesus names in v. 26-33?

November 15

Job 1-2: Characterize Job. His wife. What are their responses to their suffering? How do Job’s three friends respond to Job? Psalm 132: What were the Lord’s promises to David? Luke 15: What are the similarities in the three stories Jesus tells? The differences? The common point?

November 16

Job 3-5: What does Job wish and how does Eliphaz respond? How would you respond to Job? Luke 16: How have you been “trustworthy in handling worldly wealth?” How is it “someone else’s property?” How does that change the way you handle it?

November 17

Job 6-7: Of what does Job accuse his comforters? What does he ask them to do? Psalm 133: What is the result of God’s people living together in unity? How can you contribute to that unity? Luke 17: Only one of ten cleansed lepers returned to say thanks. Jesus asked, “Where are the other nine?” What can you thank God for that has gone unrecognized? Thank him now.

November 18

Job 8-10: What is the thrust of Bildad’s argument and Job’s response? Which view do you resonate with? Luke 18: What is the lesson from the parable of the persistent widow? How is God like or unlike the judge?

November 19

Job 11-12: Summarize Zophar’s argument and Job’s response. Why do you think Job has become sarcastic and snarky? Psalm 134: The final “song of ascents,” sung as the pilgrims entered Jerusalem and the temple, was a call to praise. What did lifting one’s hands signify? Try lifting your hands and praising the Lord! Luke 19: How did the townspeople see Zacchaeus? How did Jesus see him? How do you view people? (compare 2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

November 20

Job 13-14: What does Job wish he could do? What does he want from God? How does he characterize his comforters? Luke 20: For what did Jesus criticize the teachers of the law? How can you avoid being guilty of these same things?

Week 4 — November 21-27

November 21

Job 15-17: How does Eliphaz characterize Job? How does Job respond? How does Job describe himself? Psalm 135: Verse 3 gives two reasons to praise the Lord. What are they and how have you experienced each of them? Luke 21: For what did Jesus commend the poor widow? How would you describe her offering? Your offerings?

November 22

Job 18-19: What kind of man is Bildad describing? Why does he assume Job fits the description? What is Job’s response…again? Luke 22: Imagine Jesus and his disciples around the table for the Last Supper. What was Jesus feeling? The disciples? When do you think they understood the import of his words? When did the meaning of the Lord’s Supper become alive for you?

November 23

Job 20-21: How does Zophar describe Job? And what is Job’s response? Proverbs 27: What benefits do these proverbs ascribe to friends? What can our friends do for us? Luke 23: Meditate on Jesus’ prayer in v. 34. How can you apply this to those who have hurt you?

November 24

Job 22-24: Of what does Eliphaz accuse Job? What does Job wish he could do in response? Luke 24: What were the disciples’ responses to the news of Jesus’ resurrection? How would you have responded?

November 25

Job 25-27: Bildad’s thankfully short speech summarizes his position. What is it? And what is Job’s adamant response? Psalm 136: This antiphonal hymn (call and response) was sung at Israel’s festivals. The call celebrated God’s activity in their history, and the response was “His love endures forever.” Take a moment to think of God’s activity in your life, and celebrate with praise. Romans 1: Paul’s premise for the letter is found in v. 16-17. What does it say about the gospel? Faith? Righteousness? He begins his main argument by talking about the wrath of God. Why does he start there?

November 26

Job 28-29: What does Job long for? Have you ever felt that way? Romans 2: How does Paul assess the Jews’ relationship with their Law? What comparisons or contrasts can you draw with yourself?

November 27

Job 30-31: What are the main themes of Job’s final defense? Psalm 137: This is a song from Israel’s exile in Babylon. What emotions does the psalmist express? Take a moment to honestly tell God how you are feeling. Romans 3: Why is boasting excluded? How does the gospel “uphold the law?”

Week 5 — November 28 – December 4

November 28

Job 32-33: Why did Job’s three friends stop answering Job? Why did young Elihu take up the task? Romans 4: How does Paul describe Abraham’s faith in God’s promise (v. 18-22)? Compare this with your own faith in God. Where do you need to grow?

November 29

Job 34-35: Summarize Elihu’s argument. What do you agree with? Disagree with? Psalm 138: For what does David praise the Lord? Which of these reasons resonates with you? Use them to praise him! Romans 5: What are the results of being justified by faith? See v. 1-5.

November 30

Job 36-37: How does Elihu’s argument differ from those of Job’s three comforters? Romans 6: Are you offering any part of yourself to sin “as an instrument of wickedness?” What would it look like for you to offer that to God “as an instrument of righteousness?”

December 1

Job 38-39: Finally…God speaks! Summarize God’s response to Job. What is the point God is making? Psalm 139: Pray verses 23-24, then listen for God’s response. Do what he tells you. Romans 7: Compare and contrast serving “in the new way of the Spirit” with “the old way of the written code.”

December 2

Job 40-41: What is Job’s response when God calls him to answer? Compare Romans 11:33-36. Romans 8: What does it mean that we are “more than conquerors?” What hardships are you experiencing and how is God helping you?

December 3

Job 42: Summarize Job’s response to God; God’s response to Job’s friends; and God’s ultimate response to Job. What is your big takeaway from the book of Job? Psalm 140: “Rescue me, Lord” (v. 1). “Keep me safe” (v. 4). Where do you need God’s rescue and protection? Who else do you know that needs this prayer? Pray it for them. Romans 9: On what basis does God choose people? What questions does this raise for you?

December 4

Hosea 1-3: What was the purpose of God’s command to Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman? Or of God’s command to take her back after she left for another man? Romans 10: How did the Israelites seek to become righteous? How does the gospel differ from that? How can we be saved?

Week 6 — December 5-11

December 5

Hosea 4-5: Summarize God’s charges against Israel. What did God find offensive? Proverbs 28: Choose one proverb that speaks to you and share it with someone today. Is there some adjustment you need to make? Romans 11: Read Paul’s doxology (v. 33-36) out loud as a prayer. What does it say about God? About us?

December 6

Hosea 6-7: How could you “press on” to know the Lord? Also, Jesus quotes 6:6 often. What does it mean and why is it important? Romans 12: Who would you like to take revenge on? How could you do good for them instead?

December 7

Hosea 8-9: What was Israel’s sin? God’s response? Psalm 141: Why would verse 3 be an important prayer? Compare James 3:1-12. Romans 13: What are the Christian’s responsibilities towards the state? Why? The state’s responsibilities towards its citizens? Why?

December 8

Hosea 10-12: Trace God’s emotions as they are expressed in these chapters. How does God characterize his love? Romans 14: Whom are you passing judgment on? What would it look like for you to act in love toward them? What is central to the Kingdom of God?

December 9

Hosea 13-14: God invites Israel to return to him. How were they to do that? What would be the result? Psalm 142: What is the cry of your heart today? If you could ask God for one thing, what is it? What makes you feel desperate? Romans 15: What are our obligations to our Christian brothers and sisters? How is Jesus a model for this?

December 10

Joel 1-3: Joel writes about a locust infestation. What does he tell the people to do? What promises does he make? Compare 2:28-32 with Acts 2:16-21. Romans 16: Why should we watch out for people who cause division and put obstacles in our way? What should we do?

December 11

Amos 1-2: Amos starts with God’s judgment on Israel’s neighbors before moving on to her. Compare and contrast the behaviors of Israel with her neighbors, and God’s judgment of both. Psalm 143: In this prayer for help, how does David express his desperation? What do you do when you feel desperate? John 1: What is the first thing Andrew did after meeting Jesus? With whom could you do the same today?

Week 7 — December 12-18

December 12

Amos 3-4: What had the Lord done to get their attention, yet they wouldn’t return? How might God be trying to get your attention? John 2: Why did Jesus clear the temple? What upset him and why?

December 13

Amos 5-6: “Seek me and live.” What do you tend to seek rather than God? What did God want more than their religious ceremonies? Psalm 144: What does David envision to be the result of God’s deliverance and blessing? How do you hope the Lord blesses you? John 3: Characterize John the Baptist’s attitude toward Jesus. What can you emulate?

December 14

Amos 7-9: Amos’ prophecy of judgment ends with a promise of restoration. How is God giving you hope in your situation? John 4: What can you learn from the story of Jesus and the woman at the well about having spiritual conversations with others?

December 15

Obadiah: For what particular sin does God pronounce judgment on Edom? How do you respond when others fall? Psalm 145: List what David says God has done in this beautiful psalm of praise. Then use the list to reflect on what God has done in your life and give him praise. John 5: God is always at work (v. 17). Where do you see God at work in your life today? In the lives of those you love?

December 16

Micah 1-2: Contrast the plans of the people of Judah with the plan of God for them. How does this affect your plans? John 6: Why did Jesus use the occasion of feeding the crowd to teach that he was the Bread of Life? Why did this offend so many?

December 17

Micah 3-4: For what sins does God take the leaders and prophets to task? Proverbs 29: Choose one proverb that speaks to you and text it to a friend. Explain why it spoke to you. John 7: What does Jesus claim about his teaching? How can you know the source of his teaching? When have you judged “by mere appearances?”

December 18

Micah 5-7: Look at 6:6-8. What did the Lord want more than animal sacrifices? What does this look like in your life today? John 8: Who would you like to see punished for what they’ve done? For what sins do you deserve to be punished? What would it look like for you to drop your rocks?

Week 8 — December 19-25

December 19

Nahum 1-3: Notice the contrast in 1:7-8. What does this tell you about the character of God? Compare Jonah’s prophecy against Nineveh with this one which was much later. Psalm 146: What are the reasons the psalmist counsels us not to put our trust in human leaders? What are the reasons to trust the Lord? John 9: What does Jesus mean that he came to make the blind see and the seeing blind? (v. 39-41) What can you do to make sure you see?

December 20

Habakkuk 1-3: This short book is the prophet’s dialogue with God. What is Habakkuk’s complaint? What is God’s answer? How does Habakkuk conclude? What do you do when life doesn’t make sense? John 10: What does “life to the full” mean for you? Would you describe your life that way? Why or why not? How do you listen to his voice (v. 27)?

December 21

Zephaniah 1-3: Zephaniah predicts the coming Day of the Lord—a day of judgment. But he finishes with hope in 3:9-20. Summarize those promises. What promise has God given you? What hope are you holding on to? Psalm 147: The psalmist lists many blessings for which to praise the Lord. Select one or two that are especially meaningful to you and take some time to tell God thanks! John 11: In this story, compare and contrast the responses to Jesus of the following people: his disciples, Mary, Martha, the crowd, the Jewish leaders.

December 22

Haggai 1-2: What was it costing the people to put building their own homes before the Lord’s temple? What is the effect in your life when you put something else before God? John 12: How does Jesus describe his relationship with the Father in v. 44-50?

December 23

Zechariah 1-2: What does it look like for you to “return to the Lord?” Why would you need to? What does God promise when you do? Psalm 148: List everything and everyone that the psalmist calls to praise the Lord, and the reasons why. John 13: What is the new command? How is it “new?” What will be the result of obedience?

December 24

Zechariah 3-4: What was God’s word to Zerubbabel? How does that word still apply to you? John 14: How does Jesus describe the relationship between love and obedience?

December 25

Zechariah 5-6: What was God’s message to Joshua, the priest? Psalm 149: “The Lord takes delight in his people.” Enjoy this Christmas day by delighting in the Lord and in your people! John 15: Verses 12 and 17 say “love each other.” In between, Jesus uses his own love as an example. How did Jesus love his disciples? How can you love him and others in the same way?

Week 9 — December 26-31

December 26

Zechariah 7-8: What did God desire more than fasting (religious exercises)? What was their response to that? Your response? John 16: Jesus promised his peace in the midst of a world full of trouble. How have you experienced that? Or what keeps you from it?

December 27

Zechariah 9-10: Compare 9:9-10 with Matthew 21:4-10. How does Jesus fulfill this prophecy and its surrounding context? Psalm 150: Who should praise the Lord? For what? Where? Read this psalm out loud and praise the Lord that you’ve read and thought about all 150 psalms! Way to go! John 17: What is eternal life? How did Jesus bring glory to God?

December 28

Zechariah 11-12: More messianic prophecies. Compare 12:10 with John 19:37, Revelation 1:7. John 18: How does Jesus explain himself to the high priest? To Pilate? What do you learn about Jesus and Kingdom from these exchanges?

December 29

Zechariah 13-14: In Matthew 26:31, Jesus quotes 13:7, predicting that his disciples would scatter and flee when he was arrested and killed. When have you had a chance to stand with the Lord but bailed instead? How does Jesus respond? Proverbs 30: How do you feel about the two things Agur asked of the Lord? If you could ask for two things, what would they be? Why? John 19: Read the story of Jesus’ execution slowly. How does it make you feel? Jesus said that no one took his life, that he willingly gave it. Who really has the power in this chapter?

December 30

Malachi 1-2: How had they shown contempt for God? Is there anywhere in your life where you are offering God a blemished lamb, something less than your best? John 20: “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” What does that mean to you? How will you live as a “sent one” today?

December 31

Malachi 3-4: How were they to return to God? What promises are attached to tithing? Proverbs 31: What are we to do for the oppressed and needy? Describe a “wife of noble character.” Which traits that surprise you? How does this compare with your view of Christian womanhood? John 21: What is the significance of the miraculous catch of fish? Compare with Luke 5:1-11.

Congratulations! You’ve finished the More Jesus Bible Reading Plan! Celebrate—then get ready to do it again!