Our forgiving God

Hey all! Today we talked about the next part of Numbers (chapters 17,20,21). Last year’s lesson and craft can be found HERE.

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The Israelites were following God through the desert on their way to the promised land…but no matter how many GREAT things God did…the people just COMPLAINED! It’s easy for us to complain instead of THANKING God for all the great things He has given us and done for us. Let’s take a minute to think about those things and thank God.

In the book of Numbers there are 3 stories about the people complaining and not trusting God. The first time they didn’t trust God’s choices. Aaron (Moses’ brother was the chief priest–the one who would give sacrifices and pray to God to forgive the people for their sins (bad choices). It was important that the people listen to Aaron because God had chosen him to stand between the people and God. But the people had disobeyed and as a consequence, some of them had died. Instead of telling God they were sorry, instead they said “It’s ALL YOUR fault, Aaron!” They wanted a NEW chief priest. They didn’t like the one God had chosen.

But God told them to bring 12 staffs (one from the leader of each tribe/family) into the tabernacle (the church). The next morning, when Moses went to see the staffs, Aaron’s staff (big stick) had grown some flowers! All the people were amazed and reminded that God would choose who He wanted to lead the people. They put Aaron’s staff back in front to remind everyone not to doubt God’s choosing and to be thankful that He is a forgiving God.

But, it didn’t take long before the people forgot about God’s goodness and again started complaining. They were complaining this time about the food and water. God told Moses to talk to a rock to give the people water. But even Moses didn’t always obey God. Instead of talking to the rock, he bonked it with his staff. It did give water to all the people, but God wasn’t happy. So God told Moses even he wouldn’t get to go into the promised land, only his kids and grandchildren. Even though the people had complained and not obeyed God, He still took care of them and gave them the water they needed. The people were reminded that He is a forgiving God.

Then later, many years later, the people were still following God around the desert and again, they started to complain. God was very frustrated with the people for not trusting Him and He sent snakes to bite the people. It hurt a lot and some of the people died. Moses asked God to forgive the people and God told Moses to make a big snake statue and the anyone who got bitten by a snake could look at that and get better. If the people believed God and obeyed Him and looked at the snake statue, they got better. If they didn’t obey God, then they died. Was the statue God? No. Did the statue have any powers? No. Only God has the power to make someone better. He just wanted the people to OBEY and look at the snake. He wanted them to TRUST HIM and obey. Even though the people complained and complained, God still gave them a way to get better. The people were reminded that He is a forgiving God.

Sometimes when we make bad choices, there are bad consequences, but God still forgives us and still loves us. We can always remember that He is a forgiving God. The people did not trust God…instead they complained. When we trust God, we will be thankful. Let’s try to be more thankful and trust God’s plans.

THIS video by Steven Bussell has all three of our mini stories in paper-bag puppet form (very cute and well done).

THIS is a great overview of the book of Numbers from the “What’s in the Bible” series posted by JellyTelly.

THIS is a very thorough overview of Numbers posted by The Bible Project.(Today’s lesson starts at about 3:15 into the video and goes until about 4:35).

Thanks for joining us again! Love to you all!

Adam and Eve

Hi all! Welcome back…today’s lesson is from Genesis 2 and 3. Last year’s lesson and craft can be found HERE.

Yesterday we learned about God creating everything and on His last day of work, He created man. The Bible says God said “Let us make man in OUR own image.” (the Father, son and Holy Spirit–isn’t it great to know God made us like Himself??) God took some dirt from the ground and made man from the dirt. God breathed into his nose and gave him life. He put the man in charge of everything else He had made–which meant man could name everything and be in charge, but also that he needed to take care of everything. God named the man Adam.

God knew it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone so he put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs (the bones near your heart) and from that bone He made a woman, named Eve. (Isn’t that kind of a silly way to make people? It kind of seems funny…but God knew exactly what He was doing!) Adam and Eve would be partners, and work together and keep each other company.

God had made a perfect garden for Adam and Eve to live in. Only perfect things were there and it was wonderful with no sadness or fear or anything yucky. In the middle of the garden were two trees–the tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God said Adam and Eve could eat any of the food in the garden EXCEPT for the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “If you eat from that tree, you will die,” God told them.

One day, a serpent (a snake) came to Eve and said “Did God REALLY say you can’t eat from any tree in this garden?”

“Oh! We can eat from ANY tree–except THAT one…if we eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God says we’ll die!”

“Really?” said the snake. “You won’t REALLY die! God just knows if you eat the fruit from THAT tree that you’ll be as smart as He is and you’ll know what’s good and evil…He just doesn’t want you to be as smart as Him. Really…it’s ok. You can eat the fruit.”

The snake lied. God DID tell them they would die if they ate the fruit. But Eve didn’t listen to God. She listened to the snake. She disobeyed God. That’s called sin. It was the first time someone sinned. And then she got Adam to eat some too..he sinned too. God knew right away.

When they ate the fruit, Adam and Eve DID suddenly know the difference between good and bad and they KNEW they had done something bad. So they tried to hide from God…but of course you can’t hide from God. He found them.

God knew they had to leave the garden. Now that they had sinned and knew good from bad, they couldn’t stay and eat from the tree of life–they couldn’t live forever, because they were no longer perfect and God never wanted people to live forever in their yucky sin. So He came to them and told them they couldn’t stay in the garden anymore. They had to leave and they would have to work hard now to get their food. And they would be away from God.

Adam and Eve left the garden and began a much harder life away from God…but God was always watching, always providing and He had a plan. HE, perfect God, would provide a way for Adam and Eve (and all of us who sin) to come back to Him and live forever. He would send His son Jesus to be a man like us and die INSTEAD of us. Jesus would be perfect and able to give us the fruit from the tree of life. He would take our consequence of dying and instead, give us back to God to live forever. ISN’T THAT WONDERFUL?!

 

For our craft today, we made puppets! We used three socks, some tacky glue (you could also use hot glue or super glue), some googly eyes and some old ribbons (but get as creative as you like!)

We made an Adam, an Eve, and a snake. Then we took turns being the characters and retelling the story.

 

Thanks for joining us! Love to you all!