If you would like ideas for activities and extensions for your Bible Readings, this Bible Reading Challenge is for you! Below you will find a challenge sheet filled with a variety of activities. Some activities may be particularly suited for children and families, while others may be suited for adults and teens – there is something for everyone. Each activity collects a certain number of points with a goal of 1000 points.
One of the best parts of a challenge is doing it together. Share your thoughts, favourite verses, quotes, reviews, photos, artwork, etc. in “Sisters Bible Study” on Facebook or “readthebiblechallenge” on Instagram with the hashtag #genesistojob and #2020readthebiblechallenge!
To see all of the challenges go to www.magnifyhimtogether.com/bible-reading-challenge.
Badgebook and Badges
Print out the Badgebook (print front and back), Badgebook Cover, and badges (Avery 22866 Badge Stickers 2 Sam to Job Black and White or Avery 22856 Badge Stickers 2 Sam to Job Color). You can also order the Badges as magnets at Christadelphian Book Supply (see: www.magnifyhimtogether.com/2020/07/01/books-of-the-bible-magnets-genesis-through-ezra/).
2 Chronicles Challenge Sheet
2 Chronicles Challenge – see below for details for each of the activities.
Details for the Challenge Sheet Activities
Using the Bible Reading Companion, read every chapter of 2 Chronicles. You can download the digital photo of the reading list (save it on your phone and use your photo editing to check off the boxes you have read), or print the less colourful version.
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Use a notebook or a Bible Reading Journal to take notes while you read. You can download a page of suggestions (Bible Journal suggestions) to paste in your notebook if you wish. Share your thoughts or favourite verses. This is the link for the 1 Samuel to Job Bible Reading Journal.
Choose a verse from the 2 Chronicles that exhorts or encourages you during your bible readings.
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The temple and temple worship are central to the book of 2 Chronicles. Highlight “House of God” or “House of the LORD” when you come across it.
BOOK (or LITERATURE)
Read one of the following books:
Another option is to read this book with your kids: Story of the Kings of Judah and Israel – Written for Children.
Keep a box for drama objects. For 2 Chronicles this might include blocks to build with, dress-up clothes for the queen of Sheba, dress-up clothes for being a king, musical instruments like harps and trumpets to be the singing army of Jehoshaphat.
Explore Hezekiah’s tunnel: You could watch this short video: The Story of Hezekiah’s Tunnel and check out Auntie Lindsay’s letter from Israel: Letter #8 Hezekiah’s Tunnel. There are also some interesting archaeological finds from the reign of King Uzziah you might want to read about: King Uzziah: An Archaeological Biography.
Colour in this map of Israel and Judah: www.bible-history.com/maps/images/2_chronicles. Find the three nations that came against Jehoshaphat.
To be “in a pickle” today means to be in a difficult situation or a quandary. A quandary is a state of perplexity or uncertainty. Although there were some good kings of Judah who trusted in the LORD and tried to remove the idol worship that created such double-mindedness in the nation, eventually it led to the destruction of their nation and captivity. Make some Jewish dill pickles. Recipe for pickles: How To Make Kosher Dill Barrel Pickles.
Sometimes a question to find the answer to can be helpful to keep little ones engaged. Aquila N. Priscilla has done an excellent job preparing lots of questions to ask before or after reading – you can find their book for purchase here: Know Questions: Genesis to Job. Alternatively, see if you can memorize the kings of Israel and Judah. Here is a song to help: The Kings of the Bible (minor edit required).
Search for this series of talks on Christadelphian Bible Talks and Exhortations: Hezekiah by Jason Hensley. Share a thought or review on social media using #genesistojob.
Create a timeline of the Kings of Judah. This workbook might help: The Kings of Israel and Judah Workbook – Magnify Him Together.
Learn these three verses by heart: 2 Chronicles 29:2, 2 Chronicles 20:21, 2 Chronicles 36:15. You can print out the bookmark PDF of these three verses to help you memorize them. You can also colour them, use them as bookmarks, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin.
2 Chronicles is the last book of the Old Testament in the Jewish Bible and is a “summary” of all the books leading up to it (beginning the genealogy with “Adam” and ending with Cyrus telling the people to “go up.” One of the theme words of the book is “Seek” which shows up 18 times in this book. Do a word study on “seek.”
This link explains how to do a word study including a template that may help: How to Do a Bible Word Study – Template Included. Share what you learn!
During the reign of Uzziah, there was an earthquake. It is not mentioned in 1 Chronicles, but it is mentioned in Amos and Zechariah. It is also confirmed in the archaeological record: Biblical Quake Confirmed By Scientists That Was Prophesied by Amos. Find out why earthquakes happen? What are faultlines and where are they? What is the Richter scale?
Spending time with a hymn related to the Bible passage that you are reading can enrich what you are reading. You can approach a hymn study in many ways. This month’s hymn is 355 – Soldiers of Christ.
Option 1) If you don’t know the hymn already, you can learn to play and sing it. This website provides piano music for each of the hymns that you can sing along with.
Option 2) Sing it daily for a week.
Option 3) Write out the hymn (you can use this template!), and write Bible passages that relate to the different lines from the hymns along the side (you can also mark this right into your hymnbook to make the hymn more meaningful the next time you sing it).
There is a lot said about prayer in this book. How many prayers can you find? What does it say about prayer?
Make a catapult-like King Uzzah designed to shoot stones and arrows: https://frugalfun4boys.com/popsicle-stick-catapult/. Share a photo of your creation on social media using #genesistojob.
There is a contrast made between the various kings of Judah – those that did evil in the sight of the LORD, and those that did that which was right in the sight of the LORD. A good king helped his nation to prosper, a bad king drained the life of the nation. It is an interesting thought that Hezekiah made sure there was water in Jerusalem by redirecting the waters of Gihon, and also brought back faith and hope to the people of Judah.
“The power of the flesh unchecked drains the life of the very elements that were designed to make it good: faith, hope, and love. These are the water of life. Paul puts it plainly – to live in the flesh is to mind the things of the flesh. Minding the things of the flesh means consequently that the things of the spirit are neglected. The heart it hardened. The soul is a desert. Pursuing, possessing, pretending – life becomes a dried-up pool. Once a place of peace and pleasure, but now drained and deserted. This is life dehydrated. No upward look; no hope for tomorrow, no commerce with the Spirit; the destiny of dust.
Paul puts it plainly again – the mind of the flesh is death.
To the human mind, there are gradations of fleshly life. Some are popular and approved, some are shocking and deplored, but to Paul, the result is the same – the mind of the flesh is death. And it leads to death because the essential elements that make for spiritual living are drained away and not replaced. So, at last, a burning thirst which is never quenched, a vision which, rightly named, is blindness; a system of life poisoned by forces which should be shed but which instead are retained and absorbed.
The answer to this was heard first, a long time ago, the land of Israel at a celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink” (John 7:37)…
Dehydration, He Healeth All Thy Diseases, Dennis Gillett
Thank you to all the contributors for this Bible Reading Challenge: Julie S, Bailey M, Karen P!!!
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