The Bronze Snake (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)

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Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week.  We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.

Dinner Time (Deep Dive)

READ the story together.  (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)

ASK some questions about the story.

  • Who were the main characters? (Moses, God’s People, and God.)

  • What are the main story beats? (God’s people complained, God sends fiery snakes, God instructs Moses to make a bronze snake to save God’s people.)

  • What’s the main point? (God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.)

CONNECT it to the family.

  • As a family we are called to trust in God and to try our best to not complain when things do not go our way. We can learn from the Israelites in this week’s lesson on how not to react.

PRAY together.

God, we thank you for being a God who disciplines and loves. We love you Lord. Amen.

Drive Time (Quick Refresh)

ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (The Bronze Snake)

  • See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.

REMIND them of the main point.

  • The Israelites did not trust God to give them the promised land.

Bedtime (Soul Work)

ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.

  • What does this story teach about God or the Gospel?

  • Why is discipline necessary and helpful?

  • What have you been disciplined for?

ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.

  • God’s discipline is for our good and for God’s glory.

RELATE to them.

  • Mom and Dad have to discipline you when you disobey. We do that because we love you. God disciplines His people because he loves them and wants what’s best for them.

PRAY for them before they go to sleep.

Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)

ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.

  • Be encouraged that God will be with you today – when things are easy and when things are hard!

PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us. 

Memory Verse: Joshua 1:9 - “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”