God Provides Food and Water (Exodus 16:1-17:7)

God provides bread from heaven.

Sunday morning our kids learned:
    1.    Israel grumbles against Moses
    2.   God provides bread from heaven
    3.   God shows mercy to the Israelites

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Where is Jesus?

How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?

Read John 6:31-40

The manna that God provided for the Israelites in the desert is a picture of Christ,
the true spiritual bread from heaven. The Israelites needed to gather bread so they
could have some each day. In the same way, we need to draw near to Christ each
day. When we spend time each day reading the Bible and praying to God, we draw
spiritual strength and spiritual health from being in his presence.

God also provided water in the desert when Moses struck a rock. In 1 Corinthians 10,
Paul tells us that this rock was a picture of Christ.

In the home

We are on week 33 which starts on page 217 in the Long Story Short devotional. Do your kids complain and grumble? Uh, yes. Well this week is definitely for you and your family. I'd encourage you to walk with your kids through days 1-4. Israel complained, God provides, and the people still grumble. Though they regressed, God is still gracious. Isn't it true of us? Thankful we serve a God who doesn't give up on us but continues to pursue to bring us back to Him. Here is a summary of each day and how they build upon one another.  

  • Day 1 - Complaining and grumbling
  • Day 2 God's provision - manna
  • Day 3 - Jesus, the Bread of Life (our sufficiency)
  • Day 4 - More complaining and grumbling, yet God's gracious and provides water

Pray about it! Ask God to help us remember that he gave us Jesus, so the next time we don't get something we want we are not so quick to complain.

Here is February's Bookmark!

Check out the highlighted portion below to see what verses we will recite in our Gathering March 4th. Rather than cramming for the final, what would it look like to think ahead and begin working with your kids now? When thinking about memorizing scripture, I was reminded of Psalm 1 which reads:

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he mediates day and night. He is a like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." (Psalm 1:1-3)

Dry seasons will come, the leaves will wither, yet we have this word hidden in our heart to propel us forward toward Jesus, our stream of delight. What a worthy investment! Praying for you as you lead your family to the Fountain so that they might draw from it now and in the days, months, and years ahead.  

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Aaron Cotton