Deeper in God Bible StudiesIt’s time again for another challenge to handwrite a portion of the Bible. We don’t write out the entire Bible all at once, here at the Friendship Table, but we do take on challenges to handwrite the books of the Bible prior to starting a new study. So, that means we’ll be handwriting Paul’s second Prison Epistle, that is, the book of Ephesians. Will you join us in this exciting challenge?
Did you know that God had instructed the Kings of Israel to handwrite the Laws and Commands? You can read about it in Why We Should Handwrite the Bible but I’ll sum it up for you here. In Deuteronomy 17:18-20, Moses wrote:
And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
So, this tells us that the kings were instructed by God to write out their own copy of the Law. They couldn’t pass off this task to someone else to do, they had to do it themselves. Moses tells us that they were to keep their copy with them every single day. The act of writing it out not only gave them a reverence for God but it also meant that no one could tell them something different. You know, try to tell them God said one thing when He really said something else. In other words, they couldn’t be tricked into believing or doing something contrary to the Law.
Let’s keep reading those verses. Not only would he learn to revere God but he was to do the Law. He was to obey it and as the king and leader of his people, he needed to lead them in righteousness. Knowing the Law would also keep him humble before his people and keep him walking the straight and narrow line. There was a reward for his obedience: the days of his life would be lengthened as would his children’s lives.
The Same Applies Today
Pretty powerful stuff, don’t you think?
And since God does not change, do you think that handwriting His Word is still a good idea for us today?
If you are new to this idea of writing out whole books of the Bible, I can help you with a checklist of what you’ll need.
- a new notebook specifically for these challenges
- your favourite pen
- your favourite Bible version. Use only one version for the entire challenge.
- my Writing Plan which is provided to members of the Facebook group, Deeper in God Bible Studies.
Here is how the Challenges work:
- you will need to join the Deeper in God Bible Studies group on Facebook
- the challenge begins and ends in a timeframe. The Ephesians Handwriting Challenge begins October 29, 2018, for 10-Days however, we will run it Monday to Friday for two weeks, ending on Friday, November 9th. That gives you the weekend free for family life. If you’re reading this after that date, you can still print off the Writing Plan and write it out during any time frame you wish.
- the 10-Day Bible Book Writing Challenge plan is located in the Private Library on the blog. Access is provided to members of the group, Deeper in God Bible Studies.
- Download and print the Writing Plan. Keep it in your notebook for your daily writing portions.
- Each day of the challenge will have a Daily thread in the Facebook group. You will be invited to post picture(s) of your writing in the appropriate threads. This is for accountability for yourself as well as lets you know who else is participating in the challenge.
What Others Have Said
Maybe you would like to hear what other women have said about handwriting the books of the Bible. There are women across North America and around the world taking part in these challenges. Read what three women have said after only a few days of participating in the challenges.
I have written out a lot of scriptures, but I have never written out a whole chapter let alone a whole book of the Bible. When I started this plan on Monday. I didn’t even know if I would enjoy it let alone make it to day two. I prayed first, read the scripture out loud, wrote it out, and then read the scripture in my handwriting out loud. I stand amazed. On Tuesday, I was so excited to sit down and complete day two. This evening, I couldn’t wait to get supper and the dishes done so that I could grab my Bible and notebook and spend time with God. Yesterday and today have gone so much smoother and it is like I have a brand new spring in my step. –Trixie
This is my first time of writing book of the Bible. And just for two days and I am always looking forward to it. The word of God is life and as I write I could feel the life seeping into me. The words come alive and things I’d have not seen by mere reading I see and understand them when writing. Normally I read a verse from a whole chapter but now looking at the whole chapter helps me put the verses in context. So I know why this said that and so on. For me, it’s like I am writing the book afresh with the author and it helps me pray because I see things I need to pray into my life. — Ebos
Hi, I too am writing out the bible for the first time. I struggle with it but I really am enjoying spending the time and putting in the effort. I too am learning and find it useful to highlight my copying, it helps me see what jumps out at me, shouts at me, corrects me, challenges me. THE BIBLE IS LIFE. A MANUAL! I would definitely recommend it. — Iona
If this sounds like something you would like to do, then you are invited to join us as we take on this challenge together. Actually, this will be our first 10-Day Challenge as the Book of Ephesians is longer than the other books we’ve been studying.
I’ll see you in the Deeper in God Bible Studies group!
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
You can stay in touch with Cindy on Facebook through 215 Ministry.