March 10

The Promise of God’s Provision
(The Bronze Snake)

Numbers 20-21

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people complained that they did not have food or water.

  • God made water come from a rock.

  • God sent snakes because His people sinned.

  • God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5

Christ Connection:
When the Israelites sinned, God sent snakes to punish them. But anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake on the pole and live. We sin, too. Our sin keeps us from God. Anyone who looks to Jesus and trusts Him is saved and has life with God forever.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to go against God and His commandments.

Story Point:
God told His people to look at the bronze snake.

Big Ideas:

  • God did not leave His people when they complained.

  • God healed His people.

  • God sent Jesus because He loves us.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • What are things we are tempted to complain about? What is a better response than complaining?

  • Why was it good that God disciplined Israel for their sin? Why is discipline a good thing?

  • Who can we look to to save us and give us life with God forever?

Family Activities:

  • Purchase and distribute bottles of water to people who are homeless.

  • Research snakes. Make sure family members are educated on how to respond if they see a snake.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • God’s people continued to distrust Him and complain about the food He provided for them.

  • To discipline them, God sent venomous snakes into their camps.

  • The people cried out for God to save them.

  • God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Story Point:
God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Christ Connection:
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 bronze 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.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why was God good to discipline His people?

  • How does the bronze snake remind us of Jesus?

  • How are we similar to the Israelites?

Family Activity:

Take your kids to a local zoo that has a reptile exhibit. Talk about the snakes living there. Remind your family that God was good to provide a way for the people to be healed from the snakebites.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Story Point:
God told His people to look at the bronze snake to be healed.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Christ Connection:
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 bronze 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.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How were the Israelites healed? (See Num. 21:9)

  • Can people save themselves from sin? (See John 3:16)

  • Recall a time this week when you grumbled. Then share a way God has provided for you.