Do you remember the things you were afraid of as a child? What was it for you? The dark? Monsters under the bed? Parents not being in the same room with you? Looking back, it is fun to laugh at the ridiculousness of the things that we were afraid of then. But in those moments, our terror could not have been more real.
Twelve Israelites spied out the Promised Land and all returned in fear. Ten returned fearing giants and fortified cities. Two chose the fear of the Lord, remembering that He would be with them wherever they went! Use this week’s Bible story to assure your family that our God is powerful and He can be trusted no matter what!
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
Last week we learned how God saved the Israelites from Pharaoh and the Egyptians by parting the waters of the Red Sea. God led them to the edge of Canaan, the Promised Land. The Lord told Moses to send 12 spies into the land to explore and see if the land was good or bad, if the people were strong, weak, many or few, how the soil was and if the crops were good. Moses chose 12 men, one from each tribe. Among the 12 were Caleb and Joshua. The spies entered the land and explored for 40 days. Upon returning to the Israelites, they reported that the land was flowing with milk and honey, the fruit was large and plentiful but the people were powerful and the cities large and fortified. They said there was no way they could conquer the land. Caleb and Joshua disagreed. They reminded the Israelites that the Lord would fight the battle but the people would not listen. Because of this, the Lord told them they would not enter the Promised Land. Instead, everyone 20 years or older would die in the desert where they would wander for another 40 years. Only their children and children’s children would enjoy the land flowing with milk and honey. (Numbers 13-14)
- We can trust God no matter what happens.
- God is all powerful.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is All Powerful
1. Grape and Go Seek
Using purple pompoms or purple or green balloons as grapes, hide them around the room or house and have your child sneak around trying to find the grapes. You can even have him use a paper towel roll as a spy glass.
2. Spy Search
Collect several toilet paper rolls. Cut out stripes of white or colored paper that fit around the roll. Let your child draw windows and doors on the paper and then wrap the paper around the roll so it looks like a round house. Help your child cut out circles that are a little bigger than rolls. Grab a couple of clothes pins and draw a face on them. Lastly set the toilet paper rolls on their bottoms and place the circles on top so it looks like a little house. Have your child cover his eyes and hide the spies (clothes pins) in two houses (toilet paper rolls). Then let him find the spies. Play the game again and continue to talk about the story using these questions.
- 1. How many spies went into Canaan?
- What did they see when they go there?
- Did they trust God while they were there?
- Who did trust God?
- How can we trust God?
3. Making Grapes
Grab some construction paper and purple or green paint or a stamp pad. Help your child make a bunch of grapes by using his finger prints. Have him dip a finger in the paint and press it on the paper continue making prints in the shape of an upside down triangle so that it looks like a bunch of grapes. Lastly find a leaf and twig for the grapes to be hanging from and glue it on the paper or help your child draw one.
God, you are all powerful and knowing. Help us trust you no matter what. You are always good. We love You. Amen.
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