After the people refused to trust God and enter the promised land, God chose to correct His people by not allowing them to enter the Promised Land, they wandered in the desert for forty years.
This week we will focus on the time they spent in the desert. Some of the takeaways are:
- There are consequences for the choices we make.
- God forgives those who ask Him.
- We need to be thankful for the things God gives us.
Lesson walkthrough and overview
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Remind the child of the spies rejecting God’s promise that He would give the Promised Land to them, and the punishment that God gave them of never entering into the Promised Land. You can look up some photos of the land where the children of Israel wandered. Ask the child if it looks like a pleasant place to live.
Talk about actions having consequences. To demonstrate, you can use a tube of toothpaste. Squirt out a small amount onto a piece of wax paper. Ask the child to put the toothpaste back into the tube. You can offer a spoon, toothpick, etc. After the child realizes that one cannot put the toothpaste back, remind the child that every choice they make has a consequence, and cannot always be undone. If you prefer not to use toothpaste, you may employ a piece of paper. Have the child crumple the paper into a ball and then ask them to make it as smooth as it was before. When the child realizes that they can’t make the paper perfect again, remind them that actions have consequences. Note: You can use either one or both of the previous examples with your child.
Remind the child that even though God was going to be unhappy His people still disobeyed Him, but He still took care of the children of Israel in the desert. Point out how shoes and clothes get worn out, but God kept the Israelites’ clothes from growing old. Point out some ways that God takes care of us, such as the sun, rain, food, water, etc.
Talk about how often the Israelites complained. Ask the child if they have ever complained about something. Talk about some of the ways they can focus on gratitude, e.g. if they often complain about the color of their shoes, think about how the shoes protect their feet, keep them warm, etc. Keep this fun by creating some very silly reasons to be grateful such as being grateful that even though broccoli might not be their favorite vegetable to eat, they can be grateful it doesn’t make their skin turn green. You may even create a simple flower for their wall with their reasons to be grateful written on the petals. You can play a game so that every time someone in the family starts to complain, everyone else can call out “Attitude of Gratitude,” and the complainer has to come up with a reason to be grateful.
Pray with your child and ask Jesus to help cultivate gratitude in your hearts.
Games and Activites
Included in this week’s downloadable lesson is a selection of games and activities that can be used to reinforce this week lesson.
- A long walk
- Thank you cards
- Quail or manna relay game
The goal of the worksheets is to teach the lesson of the 40 years wandering the wilderness while supporting educational development and teaching. This weeks lesson includes:
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