January 20

A test in the wilderness
(Bread from Heaven)

Exodus 15-17

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people complained to Moses.

  • God sent quail and bread for His people to eat and water for His people to drink.

  • God gave His people food and water.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37

Christ Connection:
When God’s people were hungry and thirsty, God gave them food and water. Later, God sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35). Bread and water give people life for a little while, but Jesus gives people life forever!

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Story Point:
God gave His people food and water.

Big Ideas:

  • God’s people traveled in the wilderness.

  • God gave His people food and water in the wilderness.

  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What is your favorite food?

  • What is your least favorite food?

  • When are you tempted to complain?

  • What are ways God provides for your family?

Family Activities:

  • Make a list of things you need to live, and then make a list of blessings God has provided above your needs. Thank God for His care.

  • Work as a family to bake bread. Deliver the bread to your neighbors.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • The Israelites complained about needing food and water.

  • God provided water from a rock to drink, and He sent quail and manna to feed His people.

  • God provided for the physical needs of His people.

  • God told the people to gather only the manna they needed for the day.

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
God provided for the physical needs of His people.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
In the New Testament, Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life. (John 6:31-35) God provided manna from heaven for His people’s physical hunger, and later He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever!

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the people complain? What did it show about their trust in God?

  • Why did God give rules about gathering manna?

  • What are ways we can learn to trust God more each day?

Family Activity:
Find a recipe and prepare a meal using quail or another game bird. Let your kids help with the cooking tasks. As you eat, discuss how God’s people may have felt when God sent quail into their camp to eat.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Matthew 22:37-39

Story Point:
God provided for the physical needs of His people.

Big Picture Question:
What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving.

Christ Connection:
In the New Testament, Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life. (John 6:31-35) God provided manna from heaven for His people’s physical hunger, and later He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever!

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why did the Israelites complain in the wilderness?

  • How did God provide for the Israelites?

  • List your family’s needs. Then pray and ask God to provide.