What has happened so far in the narrative? Have there been any major events, characters or themes?
What has happened just prior to the section you are reading?
What do you learn about the main characters in this section? How does the author describe them? How do they describe themselves?
Is time or place significant in the events that happen in the passage?
Is there a conflict or high point in the passage?
Do you think there is a main point or theme in this section of the story?
What surprises are there?
Are there any ‘editorial’ comments from the author about the events in the narrative? How do these comments illuminate what is happening?
Does someone in the narrative learn something or grow in some way? How? What does this person learn?
How does the passage point forward to what God is going to do in the future? Does it prophesy or anticipate Jesus Christ in some way?
How could you sum up the meaning of this passage in your own words?
How does this passage challenge your understanding about who God is and what he is like?
Is there some attitude or behaviour you need to change?