20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 50

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Read through the chapter and then go over it again and write out what you notice in your notebook. 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 50:

  • Draw a cave and label it as Jacob’s tomb, in the field of Machpelah. Abraham and Sarah were also buried here.
  • Write out what Joseph’s brothers are now worried about.
  • Write out Joseph’s response.
  • Draw a circle and put Joseph’s age in the circle.
  • Draw Joseph’s coffin and write out what he asked his people to do with his bones.

Challenge #1: Genesis 50 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 46:28-34, 47

biblejournaling19Read through the chapters and then go over them again and write out what you notice in your notebook. 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 46:28-34:

  • Draw a map of Egypt and label where Goshen was.
  • Write out what Joseph told his brothers to tell Pharaoh their occupation was.

Genesis 47:

  • Draw Jacob, an old man, standing in front of Pharaoh. Write out what Pharaoh asks him and how he responds.
  • As the famine continued in the land, how did Joseph have the people pay for the food he gave them in verses 15-21.
  • Write out what Joseph gave to the people, and what he claimed for Pharaoh.
  • Write out what Jacob asked Joseph to do for him when he died.

Challenge #1: Genesis 46 & 47 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 44 & 45

biblejournaling18Read through the chapters and then go over them again and write out what you notice in your notebook. 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 44:

  • Draw Joseph’s silver cup and write out where the steward is instructed to put it.
  • Write out verse 3.
  • Draw the steward and what he is told to say to the brothers.
  • Draw the cup in Benjamin’s sack.
  • Write out what Judah offers to do and why.

Genesis 45:

  • Draw Joseph and write out what he tells his brothers.
  • Write out the reason Joseph gives for his being sold into Egypt in verse 5.
  • Draw the wagons sent to bring all Jacob’s household into Egypt.
  • Write out the instructions Joseph gives his brothers in verse 24.

To one they would say, “It was you that first upbraided him with his dreams;” to another, “It was you that stripped him of his fine coat;” to another, “It was you that threw him into the pit,” etc. Now Joseph, having forgiven them all, lays this obligation upon them, not to upbraid one another. (MHC)

  • Write out the words of Jacob in verse 28.

We cannot judge what men are by what they have been formerly, nor what they will do by what they have done: age and experience may make men wiser and better. Those that had sold Joseph would not now abandon Benjamin. The worst may mend in time. (MHC)

 Challenge #1: Genesis 44 & 45 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 43

biblejournaling17Read through the chapter and then go over it again and write out what you notice in your notebook. 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 43:

  • The grain sacks are empty once again. Write out what Jacob tells his sons to do.
  • Summarize what Judah offers to do.
  • Draw the present Jacob sends with them to hopefully obtain mercy for them from the Egyptian.
  • The men are brought into Joseph’s house and are afraid they are being singled out for punishment. Write out what the steward tells them.
  • Draw the men around a table in order of age with Benjamin’s plate piled five times higher than his brothers. Perhaps Joseph was seeing how much envy they still had in them.
  • Write out what verse 34 tells us about the brothers are feeling.

Challenge #1: Genesis 43 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 42

biblejournaling16Read through the chapter and then go over it again and write out what you notice in your notebook. 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 42:

  • Draw Joseph looking like an Egyptian, and his ten brothers bowing down to him. Write out verse 8.
  • When he looked at them bowing down to him, he remembered his dreams. He needs to know if they are the same men as they were at that time, or if they have changed. Write out what he accuses them of.
  • Write out what they were still feeling guilty about after all these years.
  • Draw Joseph weeping. Write out what the brothers must do to prove they are not spies.
  • Draw the bag of money in the top of their grain sack. Write out the brothers reaction to this.
  • Write out Jacob’s decision.

Challenge #1: Genesis 42 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 40 & 41

biblejournaling15Read 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 40:

  • Draw the cupbearer and the baker and their dreams.
  • Write out a summary of the interpretation Joseph gives to them.
  • Write out what Joseph asks the cupbearer to do when he gets out of prison.
  • Write out what the cupbearer did in verse 23.

Genesis 41:

  • Draw Pharaoh’s dream.
  • Write out who Joseph gives the credit to for interpreting dreams.
  • Write out the interpretation Joseph gives to Pharaoh.
  • Write out Joseph’s recommendation to Pharaoh.
  • Draw Joseph in his new position and finery.
  • Draw a small circle and put in it how old Joseph is now.
  • Draw the piles of grain.
  • Write out what happened in verse 57.

Challenge #1: Genesis 40 & 41 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 37

biblejournaling13Read 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 37:

  • Draw stickman Joseph. Label him as being 17 years old. Write out what he
  • brought back to his father in verse 2.
  • Add to your picture of Joseph what his father gave to him. Draw the faces of his ten brothers and what they thought of it all.
  • Draw the first dream that Joseph had. Write out his brothers reaction.
  • Draw his second dream. Write out his family’s reaction from verse 11.
  • Draw the circle of brothers and write out what they plotted to do in verse 20.
  • Write out Reuben’s alternative in verse 22.
  • Write out Judah’s plan from verse 27.
  • Draw the money bag of 20 shekels of silver.
  • Draw sad Jacob when he is given Joseph’s coat. Write out what he believes has happened in verse 33.

How strongly does he represent to himself the direful idea of Joseph’s misery! Sleeping or waking, he imagines he sees the wild beast setting upon Joseph, thinks he hears his piteous shrieks when the lion roared against him, makes himself tremble and grow chill, many a time, when he fancies how the beast sucked his blood, tore him limb from limb, and left no remains of him, but the coat of many colours, to carry the tidings. And no doubt it added no little to the grief that he had exposed him, by sending him, and sending him all alone, on this dangerous journey, which proved so fatal to him. This cuts him to the heart, and he is ready to look upon himself as an accessory to the death of his son. (MHC)

Challenge #1: Genesis 37 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 31

biblejournaling12Read 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 31:

  • 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

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 29:30-35 & 30

biblejournaling11Read 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 29:30-35:

  • Write out how Jacob liked having two wives from verse 30.
  • Write out Leah’s name. Draw Leah’s four babies. (Leave some space to add a few later). Write out what she called them and why.

Genesis 30:

  • It was hard for Rachel to see her sister having children, when year after year, she had none. Write out what Rachel says to Jacob.

Rachel had Jacob’s love, Leah had Jacob’s children…

Envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more offensive to God, nor more injurious to our neighbour and ourselves. She considered not that it was God that made the difference, and that though, in this single instance her sister was preferred before her, yet in other things she had the advantage. (MHC)

  • She gives her maid to Jacob. Write out “Rachel’s maid: Bilhah” and then draw her two babies and what Rachel called them and why.
  • The rivalry continued. Now Leah gives her maid to Jacob. Write out “Leah’s made: Zilpah” and then draw her two babies and what Leah called them and why.
  • Add three more babies to Leah’s family, and write out what she called them and why.
  • Finally Rachel has one. Write out Rachel’s name and draw her baby and what she called him and why.

It is interesting that the names given to these children may give us a bit of insight into Rachel and Leah’s very different characters.

  • Write out the bargain Jacob made with Laban for the next seven years.

Probably this custom was commonly used by the shepherds of Canaan, who coveted to have their cattle of this motley colour. Note, It becomes a man to be master of his trade, whatever it is, and to be not only industrious, but ingenious in it, and to be versed in all its lawful arts and mysteries; for what is a man but his trade? (MHC)

  • Write out the outcome of Jacob’s hard work from verse 43.

Challenge #1: Genesis 30 PDF

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 28 & 29:1-29

biblejournaling10Read 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 28:

  • Write down where Isaac told Jacob to go to find a wife.
  • Write down how Esau tried to please his father.
  • Draw Jacob asleep with his head on a rock (!) and draw his dream.
  • Summarize what God said to Jacob in his dream.
  • Write out what Jacob named this place.
  • Write down the bargain Jacob makes with God.

Perhaps Jacob wondered if God would be with him when he was returning to the land that Abraham had been called out of.

Genesis 29:1-29:

  • Draw the beautiful shepherdess Rachel and her sheep.
  • Laban asks what his wage should be for working for him. Write out what Jacob volunteers in verse 18.
  • Write out how Jacob viewed the years that he worked.
  • Make up a wedding invitation.
  • Draw Jacob’s angry face and write out his reason for being angry.
  • Write out Laban’s response in verse 26,27.

Challenge #1: Genesis 28 & 29 PDF