Read through the chapter and then go over it again and write out what you notice in your notebook. The first challenge is experimenting with bible journaling. You can use the following to guide you if you wish. If you don’t like drawing, then just write out the words in appropriate sizes or shapes.
- Write out what God told Jacob to do in verse 3.
- Draw the striped sheep and the spotted sheep. Write out what difficulty Jacob was having with Laban.
There is more of equity in the distributions of the divine providence than we are aware of, and by them the injured are recompensed really, though perhaps insensibly. (MHC)
- Write out how Rachel and Leah respond to the instructions God had given to Jacob in verse 16.
- Write out the way Jacob left in verse 20.
- Draw Laban’s face when he found out Jacob had left. Write out what he does.
It is common for bad men, when they are disappointed in their malicious projects, to pretend that they designed nothing but what was kind and fair. When they cannot do the mischief they intended, they are loth it should be thought that they ever did intend it. When they have not done what they should have done they come off with this excuse, that they would have done it. Men may thus be deceived, but God cannot. (MHC)
- Draw the household gods. Write out what Jacob says should happen to the one who stole them.
- When Laban does not find them, because Rachel is sitting on them, write out the various things Jacob defends himself with in verses 38-42.
- Draw the heap of stones that they built and write out what it was meant for.
Challenge #1: Genesis 31 PDF