The Wandering People

Moses has brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. They are now wandering in the desert. They could have been in the promise very quickly. But, they struggle with their faith. They struggle to trust God. We’re going to look at a few passages in Exodus and Numbers (Pastor Dan will preach from Deuteronomy, but this will set you up for it).

Big Idea: God demands from us faith.

Read: Exodus 16
Discuss: What were the people complaining about? What were they thinking about doing? What was Moses and Aaron’s response? How did God provide? What would your response have been?
Activity: Kids, draw a picture of what you think it looked like when the manna showed up in the morning. Look up on the internet, coriander seed, this will let you see what color the manna was.

Read: Exodus 17
Discuss: What were the people complaining about? What were they thinking about doing? What was Moses response? What did God do to provide? ( Remember this moment, it comes back to haunt Moses)
Activity: See if you come up with a way to build your own rock at Horeb. If you can build it take a video!

Read: Numbers 11
Discuss: What were the people complaining about this time? How did Moses respond this time? How does God provide? But then what’s the twist? Why do you think God did what he did at the end of Numbers 11? What do you think point of this story is?

Read: Numbers 13 and 14
Discuss: Why do you think Caleb and Joshua had a different report than the other spies? What did the people want to do? How did God respond? How did Moses respond (14:13-19)? What do you think is important about Moses’ response? What was the judgment of the people’s lack of faith?
Activity: Kids, draw a picture of what you think sons of “Anak” looked like.

Read: Number 20:2-13
Discuss: How does this story compare to the story in Exodus 17? How were God’s instructions to Moses different? What did Moses do? What was God’s response?

Key Question to Consider: What is God’s response to lack of faith?

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