20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 21 & 22

biblejournaling7Read 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 21:

God is always punctual to his time; though his promised mercies come not at the time we set, they will certainly come at the time he sets, and that is the best time. (MHC)

  • Draw the baby that was born to Sarah and write out his name. Here is a link to what his name means. Write out around him what Sarah said when she bore him in verse 6.
  • Sarah sees Hagar’s son laughing or mocking her son. Ishmael was fourteen years older than Isaac and therefore probably between 17 and 19 years old. Write out what Sarah said in verse 10.
  • Draw the bush Hagar laid her son under. Write out what God told her about Ishmael in verse 18.
  • Draw the well of water and the seven ewe lambs. Label the well with its name and why it was called this. Write out who Abraham called on here.

Genesis 22:

    • Write out in your own words what God tells Abraham to do in verse 2.
    • Write out what Abraham does to prepare for this in verse 3.
    • Draw the wood, the fire and the knife. Write out Isaac’s question and Abraham’s answer in verse 7,8.

Behold the fire is ready, the Spirit’s assistance and God’s acceptance; the wood is ready, the instituted ordinances designed to kindle our affections (which indeed, without the Spirit, are but like wood without fire, but the Spirit works by them); all things are now ready, but where is the lamb? Where is the heart? Is that ready to be offered up to God, to ascend to him as a burnt offering? (MHC)

  • Draw an angel and what he says to Abraham in verse 12.
  • Draw what Abraham sees caught in a bush in verse 13.
  • Write out what Abraham calls this place. Later on, Mount Moriah is where the temple is built.
  • Write out the blessing of verse 17,18.

Challenge #1: Genesis 21&22 PDF

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20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 16 & 17

biblejournaling6Read 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 16:

  • Draw a sketch of the pregnant Hagar and summarize in point form what has happened to her and why she is running away.
  • Draw an angel and write out what he tells her.
  • Write out what Hagar says about God in verse 13.

Genesis 17:

  • Draw Abram and write out the new name God gave him and what it means (father of a multitude). In a small circle, write out how old Abram is now.
  • Draw Sarai and write out the new name God gave her and what it means (princess). In a small circle, write out how old Sarai is now.
  • Write the word COVENANT in large letters. If you don’t know what it means, look it up and write out the definition too.
  • Write out the two parts of the covenant in verse 7 and 8.
  • Write out what the token or sign of the covenant was in verse 11. This was personal commitment that was later replaced by baptism.

Those who will have God to be to them a God must consent and resolve to be to him a people. (MHC)

  • Write out the promise God made to Sarah in verse 16.

Challenge #1: Genesis 16 & 17 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 12 & 13

biblejournaling5Read 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 12:

  • In this chapter God begins the process of calling out a people for Himself. Abram’s family had left Ur, a great city but one that worshipped gods of their own making, and were on their way to Canaan. They had stopped in Haran and Abram’s father had died there. Now God comes to Abram and tells him to keep going. Look at a map in the back of your Bible or here, and draw a rough map in your notebook of where they had come from and where they were going – you can add to it as you go along.
  • Write out the promise God made to Abram in verse 7.
  • Faith and trust is a hard thing. Draw the beautiful Sarai. Write out what Abram was afraid of and what he should have done instead.

Pharaoh reasons with him: Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? intimating that, if he had known this, he would not have taken her into his house. Note, It is a fault too common among good people to entertain suspicions of others beyond what there is cause for. We have often found more of virtue, honour, and conscience, in some people than we thought they possessed; and it ought to be a pleasure to us to be thus disappointed, as Abram was here, who found Pharaoh to be a better man than he expected. Charity teaches us to hope the best. (MHC)

Genesis 13:

  • Draw Abram in his tent with his flocks and bags of gold and silver and beside him draw Lot in his tent with his flocks. Herdsmen would probably fight about water and pasture land. So you could draw a well and some grass and stickmen having a brawl.
  • Draw the Jordan valley on the east, and the rocky hills with sparse grass on the west and draw arrows from Abram and Lot to the land that they chose.
  • Draw a city and label it with the words of verse 13.
  • Draw a compass and around it write the words of the promise God made to Abram in verse 15 and 16.

Challenge #1: Genesis 12 & 13 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 8 to 9:17

biblejournaling4Read 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 8:

  • In the first verse it says the God remembered Noah. This is important because what it tells us of God is that God does not forget. Write it out in big letters at the top of your page.
  • Do some math starting with when Noah went into the ark (chapter 7:11) and then when the ark settled onto Mt. Ararat in verse 4, and then when the tops of the mountains were seen in verse 5, then 40 days later Noah sends out the raven and a dove, another seven days and he sends the dove out again, and then seven days more and he sends out the dove for the last time. Now the ground is dry, and finally Noah and his family are allowed to leave the ark. Months were 30 days long. How many days were they inside the ark? Draw some appropriate visuals.
  • Genesis 8:21-22 is another promise. Write it out and then draw a frame around it.

Genesis 9:

  • Write out in point form God’s new instructions for man from verses 1-7.
  • Draw the rainbow and write out the covenant that God made with all living things.

“As the old world was ruined to be a monument of justice, so this world remains to this day, a monument of mercy, according to the oath of God, that the waters of Noah should no more return to cover the earth.” (MHC)

Challenge #1: Genesis 8 & 9 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 6 & 7

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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 6:

  • Draw the sons of God and the daughters of men. Label them and then draw their progeny: the mighty men of renown.
  • During this time period, people seemed to live a very long time (the oldest man was Methuselah who lived 969 years) and so it is not surprising that there were men who were considered “giants” or “bullies” in the world. Draw a small circle and then write in it the number of years God appointed to man.  It’s possible that this was meant to be a reduction in the number of years men would be allowed to live.
  • Write out God’s summary of man from verse 5.
  • In large letters, write out what God’s feelings were in verse 6.
  • Draw a stickman for Noah and write beside Noah the words that are used to describe him.
  • Draw three smaller stickmen and label them as his sons.
  • Draw a simple boat and label it as much as you like with the directions for building it.
  • Draw a big circle and inside the circle write out what would be inside the ark from verses 18-21.
  • Write out what Noah did from verse 22.

Genesis 7:

  • Add the instructions from verse 2 to your big circle from the chapter 6.
  • Write beside Noah how old he was when he entered the ark.
  • Draw what you imagine the fountains of the great deeps and the windows of heaven to be and label them.
  • Write out in large letters the length of time it took to flood the earth from verse 12.
  • Draw the ark floating on the waters which cover the land below.
  • Draw a small circle and write in it the number of days the waters prevailed on the earth.
  • Write out what happened to life outside the ark.

Challenge #1: Genesis 6 & 7 PDF

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