20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 3

biblejournaling2Read 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.

Genesis 3:

  • Draw the snake in the tree and in a speech bubble write out what he told the woman in verses 4 and 5.
  • Draw the woman and in a bubble above her head write out the three things she thought before she took the fruit.

This is a question that we still deal with today – do we want to be our own gods or are we willing to submit to another authority?

  • Draw the fruit with bites taken out…
  • Draw the man and the woman. They each admitted their guilt when questioned by God, but what were the different reasons they gave for eating the forbidden fruit?
  • Leave a bit of space and then draw the snake on the ground and write out what God said would be it’s fate.
  • Genesis 3:15 is a promise. Write it out and draw a frame around it.
  • Write out the consequences of Eve’s disobedience under the woman and the consequences of Adam’s disobedience under the man.
  • Draw the animal skin coverings on the man and woman.
  • The consequence of eating from the tree of knowledge was death. The tree of life would no longer be available to them. Write along the bottom of your page what God did to them in verse 24.
  • Draw the flaming sword and write along it what it’s purpose was.

Challenge #1: Genesis 6 & 7 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 1 & 2

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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.

Genesis 1:

  • In your notebook, draw a chart two boxes across and three down. Number the boxes top to bottom and then fill them in with what was created on each day. What do you notice about how the days relate to one another?
  • Draw a stickman in your notebook. What was different about the creation of man in verse 26? Write that beside the man.
  • Write out the assignment God gave to man in verse 28.
  • Write out what God said about His whole creation in verse 31 somewhere on your page.

Genesis 2:

  • Draw a box for the seventh day and write out what God did on this day from verses 1-3.
  • Write beside your stickman the details of how God created man in verse 7.
  • If you have run out of room, start a new page and draw the garden of Eden – especially the two trees mentioned in verse 9. Label them.
  • Draw the man working in the garden.
  • Write out the one rule God gave to him.
  • Add a woman to the picture. Write out what they were together to become in verse 24.

“That the woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”

(Matthew Henry’s Commentary)

Challenge #1: Genesis 1 & 2 PDF

The 20 Day Bible Reading Challenge #1

challenge1Below is a chart listing all the readings for the first challenge. A suggestion is given for something to take note of for each reading or you could try Bible Journaling using ideas in the blog post for each reading.

Feel free to ask any questions!

Enjoy!

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Challenge #1 PDF

Bible Journaling

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It is easy to read through pages of the Bible and feel sometimes like it is just words and more words.

Journaling your way through the Bible is an amazing way of bringing it to life. During the first challenge maybe you would like to give it a try. Often people are a little scared of drawing, but you may surprise yourself. Or you might just want to write out a summary of the chapter and any notable verses.

You will need a blank notebook and a pen or pencil you are comfortable with. I will go through each reading and tell you what I would do, but of course, you should include what speaks to you and leave out what doesn’t.

At the end, you will have the story of Genesis, and you will see how God works in the lives of people, not by making their lives easy and comfortable, but by challenging them. You will also see that He is a God who makes promises and keeps them.

Get ready to start on May 1st!

The Wonder of Earth

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The right sort of sun: middle-aged, middle-sized, with middle of the range radiation.

The right distance from the sun: not too hot, not too cold.

The right size: just enough gravity to retain a respectable atmosphere.

The right sort of rotation: not too fast, not too slow and tilted just enough on it’s axis to produce well-defined seasons.

Plenty of the right materials: lots of water, and enough carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen plus small amounts of other elements.

Freedom from the wrong materials: heavy metals and radioactive elements are not very plentiful and are safely locked away in mineral deposits (until people dig them up…)

The right kind of sea: providing a reservoir of water to evaporate and fall as rain, storing heat during summer for release in winter, keeping the composition of the air just right, and more.

The right kind of atmosphere: just enough carbon dioxide to keep plants alive but not so much that we couldn’t breathe, just enough oxygen so we can breathe but not so much that fire would be impossible to control, just enough air so that the sun can still penetrate.

– Adapted from “God Is” by Alan Hayward

The 20 Day Bible Reading Challenge

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This reading plan breaks the Bible up into six manageable sections of twenty readings each. It doesn’t go through every book chapter by chapter, but chooses some readings from almost every book to provide you with a broad picture of the Bible story.

Can an ancient book, written by primitive people, and unlearned men, have anything to do with modern problems and a modern world?

Dare to read the Bible and find out.

I will be posting the first challenge starting on May 1st.

Get your Bible, a notebook and pen, and read with me!

How to Read the Bible

TAKE TIME: Have a regular spot in your daily routine for reading. For most people mornings are better than evenings.

BE COMFORTABLE: Reading should be enjoyable and you should look forward to reading. So pick a comfortable setting. Sitting at a desk for reading can be more productive and comfortable.

SELECT A TRANSLATION: Select a translation. You may want to have more than one on hand so you can compare them when you come across something you don’t understand.

PRAY: Start out by asking for God’s help in understanding His Word.

READ SLOWLY: Be patient. Don’t try to read too much at once and read through your selection slowly.

CONCENTRATE: Try reading aloud. Reading aloud doesn’t solve the problem of the wandering mind but it helps the mind to focus.

HAVE AN OPEN MIND: Let the Bible teach you. Ask questions and be prepared for new ideas.

KEEP IT IN CONTEXT: If something doesn’t make sense, look in nearby chapters for clues.

TAKE NOTES: Keep a pen and notebook handy and write down questions you may have, interesting points, connections and anything else you discover.

Is the Bible Reliable?

Could a book written over a period of a more than a millennium, by many different authors, two thousand and more years ago, be a reliable source of information? And what are the chances of something like this surviving intact over that length of time?

In fact, there are good reasons to believe that the Bible has not changed in any significant way from its original form.

God began the process of revealing His Word by giving Moses the Ten Commandments, written in stone by His hand. For people to know what God wanted, and know that it hadn’t changed, it had to be written down.

The first five books of the Bible, known as the Book of the Law or the Pentateuch, are also called the Books of Moses (because he was largely responsible for writing and compiling them). These foundation books were kept in the Tabernacle and the priests were to teach the people of Israel from them, reading them aloud to the people every seven years during a special celebration.

Various other books in the Bible mention being recorded in writing and it is likely that by 300 BC, the Old Testament books had been collected and were recognized as the words of God.

Although there are no remaining original manuscripts of the Old Testament, the scrolls were carefully copied when the older ones wore out by the Jewish people. In fact, the Scribes, whose job it was to copy and preserve the texts, had very strict rules to follow. For example, they could not write words from memory, and if they made more than three mistakes on a page, they had to destroy it and start again.

There are around 3000 Hebrew manuscripts of the Old Testament, and several thousand more manuscripts of translations of the Hebrew Old Testament. The oldest complete manuscript of the Hebrew Bible has been dated to around 1008 AD, and the Dead Sea Scrolls (which did not contain the complete Old Testament, but at least fragments from many of the individual books) discovered in 1947 are dated from 250 BC to 135 AD.

Scholars have compared the texts available and found only a small number of differences and of those, a very small portion that make any significant difference. Most modern translations make note of these differences where they occur and because of this, the Old Testament that we hold in our hands today, is a document that can be considered completely trustworthy.

The New Testament, having been written later, has manuscript evidence much closer to the original copies, ninety-nine having been produced before 400 AD! In fact, out of all the writings from antiquity, it is the best attested set of writings. Early on it was translated into a variety of languages and there are between 20,000 to 25,000 handwritten copies of the New Testament in various languages.

Due to the overwhelming number of manuscripts available, there are consequently also an abundance of textual differences. However, most of these are spelling and nonsense errors, minor changes such as using “the” or not, or where it is obvious from the majority of other texts to be an error.
Only a very small number of differences actually change the meaning of the text. However, these are noted in modern English translations and it is unlikely that we are missing any significant reading.

It is reasonable to conclude that the Bible we have today can be counted on to be an accurate representation of the original.

Five things the Bible can provide for you…

Meaning and purpose: We all know that life ends. Few of us live longer than 100 years, many live for a much shorter time. Our lives are transient – no matter who we are or what we accomplish in life, it has an end. Is there any purpose or meaning to our short existence? The Bible suggests that there is meaning and purpose in human life. It tells us that God’s purpose in creating men and women was to show them His love and have them return it – to Him and to each other.

A vision for the future: Sometimes all the problems in the world (oppression, brutality, pollution, disease, flooding, famine) can be overwhelming. We all want the world to be a beautiful place to live for everyone and many people work hard to try and make it so. Having a vision and hope for the future helps us to cope with the difficulties of the present and reason to work toward something better. The Bible tells us that this is God’s plan – a beautiful world ruled by a just ruler and peopled by those who love Him.

Enduring values: The Bible is full of stories of loyalty, love, courage, forgiveness, humility and other lasting values. It offers nuggets of wisdom on most situations you may find yourself in. It offers a “simple and powerful law that each man shall have the right to possess what he can lawfully acquire, modified by those other laws that require him to consider his neighbour and to contribute to the well-being of the whole [and this] is the sure basis of social order and civilized human life” (The Law of Moses, R. Roberts).

Appropriate self-esteem: The Bible doesn’t beat around the bush when it talks about human nature. We are disposed to being selfish and therefore often do what we feel benefits us the most in the moment regardless of anyone else. But we also have an innate sense that this is not always right. Sometimes we hurt other people, sometimes we hurt ourselves. The Bible explains the right way to treat others and offers a way to find forgiveness for our faults and know that we are loved.

Mental health: The Bible can help to bring about peace of mind. It shows how God has been working with people down through the ages through difficult circumstances (although they may not have been able to see it at the time) and assures us that He continues to do so although it also may not be obvious to us. We can be confident that God is in control and learn to say like Paul
“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NIV)