This week, we’re learning about how God healed the Israelites with a bronze snake. Ultimately, God heals us from our sins through the death of His son, Jesus, on the cross! Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verse with your children and ask them if they remember the hand motions.
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” -Joshua 1:9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children if they can remember the Big Picture Question for this unit: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9. This story can be found on page 44 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Israelites refused to go into the promised land, so God punished them and made them wander in the wilderness. The Israelites grumbled, and when they set up camp, they complained that they did not have water to drink. God told Moses and Aaron to stand in front of all the people and speak to a rock. God said water would come out of the rock.
Instead of talking to the rock, Moses hit the rock two times with his staff. The water came out, but God was angry that Moses and Aaron had disobeyed Him. God said Moses and Aaron would not lead the Israelites into the promised land.
The Israelites continued through the wilderness. The journey was long, and they continued to grumble and complain. God sent poisonous snakes that bit the Israelites. The people realized they had sinned by complaining to God. The Israelites told Moses, “We know we have sinned. Please ask God to take the snakes away.”
Moses spoke to God for them. Then God told Moses, “Make a snake image and put it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.” Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. Whenever someone was bitten, that person looked at the bronze snake, and he recovered.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- How did Moses disobey God? (Moses hit the rock instead of speaking to it)
- What did God send to punish the Israelites for their sin of complaining? (poisonous snakes)
- How could a person be healed from a snakebite? (God told His people to look at the bronze snake)
- What was the first thing the people complained about in today’s story? (they did not have any water)
- What did God tell Moses to do to get water from the rock? (speak to the rock)
- How did Moses disobey God? (he hit the rock instead of speaking to it)
- When the people complained again, what did God send? (poisonous snakes)
- Whom can we trust? (We can trust God to take care of us)
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
The Israelites sinned, and God sent snakes to punish them. Anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the snake on the pole and live. We sin, too. Our sin separates us from God. We can look to Jesus to save us and give us life forever with God.
The Israelites faced a huge problem because of their sin. God sent snakes to punish Israel, but anyone who was bitten could look at the snake on the pole and live. Because of our sin, we face a huge problem: we are separated from God. We deserve to die, but anyone who looks to Jesus on the cross and trusts in Him will live forever with God.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God for providing a way for His people to be healed. Thank Him that He punishes sin but thank Him even more that He forgives sin. Thank Him for providing a way for us to be forgiven of our sin by trusting in His son, Jesus.