Challenge #2: Day 3

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Exodus 7 & 8

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

Exodus 7:1 – How was Moses a god to Pharaoh?

Exodus 7:20 – Why did God turn the water to blood?

Exodus 8:19 – What did the magicians mean by the finger of God?

Exodus 8:26 – What was the abomination?

Challenge #2: Day 2

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Exodus 3 & 4

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. Investigate your own questions or start with an idea below. Visit Day 1 if you need a reminder of what to do.

Exodus 3:1 – Why was Horeb called the mountain of God?

Exodus 3:8 – What did a land flowing with milk and honey mean?

Exodus 3:6 and 14, 15 – What is the connection between God’s name and Him being the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?

Challenge #2: Day 1

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Exodus 1 & 2

Read through the chapters and while you are reading, put a mark beside anything that stands out to you or that makes you ask why. If what you have marked is not included below, then you may want to investigate your own questions instead. But I will go through the process here if you are not familiar with using the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Exodus 1:7“But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them.”

Why does this verse seem to be emphasizing their fruitfulness?

Write out the verse at the top of your page.

If you are reading a Bible which includes cross-references, write down all the references (book, chapter and verse) in your notebook.

If you are working online, go to www.blueletterbible.org.

  1. Type in verse in the box on the top right (Exodus 1:7)
  2. Click on TOOLS beside the verse.
  3. Click on CROSS-REFS.
  4. It will bring up a window which shows which word(s) are linked to cross-references in red. Underneath this will be a list of verses, and you can scroll down to view the verses themselves.

If you are working offline on e-sword, click your way to Exodus 1:7.

  1. Bring up the verse by clicking on the book and chapter and then scrolling down and clicking on the verse.
  2. The TSK (Treasury of Scripture Knowledge) will be to the right on your screen and will list the word or phrase from the verse and a list of related verses.

You should have a list like this:

fruitful: Exo 12:37; Gen  1:20, Gen 1:28, Gen 9:1, Gen 12:2, Gen 13:16, Gen 15:5, Gen 17:4-6, Gen 17:16, Gen 22:17, Gen 26:4; Gen 28:3-4, Gen 28:14, Gen 35:11, Gen 46:3, Gen 47:27, Gen 48:4, Gen 48:16; Deu 10:22, Deu 26:5; Neh 9:23; Psa 105:24; Act 7:17-18

Look up each verse and circle it in your notebook if it seems relevant.

Sometimes, you may want to keep going and look at the cross-references of the cross-references and follow the idea through the Bible.

By the end of this exercise, it should be fairly clear why there is such an emphasis on the growth of the people of Israel. Notice that in Exodus 1:5 there were 70 persons that came down into Egypt (not including women), and then Exodus 12:37 tells there were 600,000 that left Egypt only just over 200 years later!

Write out the answer to the question: God was abundantly fulfilling a promise he had made to Abraham.

Here are some other ideas to investigate further if you have time:

Exodus 1:21 – why did God give the midwives houses?
Exodus 2:24 – why did their groaning make God remember his covenant?

20 Day Challenge #2

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Asking Questions and Using Cross References

Often when reading the Bible, you have to dig a little deeper to get the meaning behind what you are reading. Journaling can give you an overview, but with this next challenge, dig a little deeper using cross references.
The interesting thing about cross-references is that they demonstrate how interconnected and consistent the Bible is even though it was written by many different authors over a long, long period of time.

For this challenge, journal what you read if you wish, but we will use the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge to find out a bit more about what we are reading. This is a book-length collection of cross-references which links up every passage in Scripture with other verses which relate somehow. It is an index of related ideas. It was published a long time ago (around 1830) and can be an extremely useful tool.

If you are reading a Bible which includes cross-references (those little letters beside some words that you connect with the matching letter usually either in the middle column of your Bible or along the bottom of the page), you can use them as a resource also.

If you are working online, you will want to use www.blueletterbible.org.

If you prefer to work offline, you will want to download e-sword  on to your computer. This download includes the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Get your notebook and pen and we’ll start June 1st.

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

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.

Five good reasons to read the Bible if you haven’t already…

Perhaps you wonder how an ancient book, written by primitive people, can have anything helpful to say to you today. Perhaps you think it will take too long to read and you don’t have the time.

Perhaps you think it looks boring and you don’t like reading anyway. Perhaps you have heard that it is full of contradictions and horrible deeds. Well, all of those are possible excuses, but are they valid ones? If there was a book that told you what to do so that you could truly enjoy life and gave you answers to all of your questions, wouldn’t you be tempted to have a look?

The Bible is much too long to read in one sitting, but it can be read a bit at a time. Here are a five reasons to at least give it a try.

1. One cannot completely reject something one has not read for oneself. It is easy to use other people’s opinions as reasons to avoid the Bible, but they cannot be your reasons until you have weighed the evidence yourself.

2. Although the Bible was written over a period of at least 1000 years it is improbably consistent. This gives it a ring of truth that compels investigating.

3. The Bible has stood the test of time. It has been around for a long, long time, and is still read and enjoyed by people today. For it to be relevant to people over thousands of years, it must be a special book.

4. Whether we like it or not, the Bible has helped to shape our culture and impacted our history. It has been translated into many languages and spread around the world. Many people know something of the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the seven days of Creation which is the origin of our seven day week. Something this influential must be worth reading.

5. The Bible claims many, many times to be the word of God. Whether or not you believe there is a God, it cannot be completely discounted as a possibility and this should be reason enough to check it out for yourself.