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 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

20 Day Challenge #1: Genesis 27

biblejournaling9Read 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 27:

  • Draw Esau’s quiver and bow. Write out what Isaac asked him to do.
  • Isaac was preparing to give his favourite son the inheritance of the firstborn. Unfortunately, Esau had carelessly sold his right as the firstborn when he was hungry one day. You may want to read Genesis 25:21-32 and draw Esau and Jacob and give a bit of a description of their very different characters.
  • Rebekah attempts to take things into her own hands. Draw a stick figure Rebekah and the instructions she gives to Jacob.
  • Write out the lies Jacob told.
  • Write out the blessing Isaac gives to Jacob and put a frame around it.
  • Draw the angry face of Esau when he finds out Jacob has taken his blessing.
  • Write out the blessing given to Esau.
  • Write out in large letters Esau’s feelings about Jacob.
  • Write out Rebekah’s instructions to Jacob now. Little did she know, she would never see him again.

Challenge #1: Genesis 27 PDF