This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Number 20) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: God inspired Moses to write the first five books in the Bible. The book of Numbers begins one year after the Exodus from Egypt and records the Israelites refusal to go into the Promised Land after only 11 days of their journey and therefore the divine discipline of wandering for 40 years in the wilderness until the old generation dies out and an entirely new generation is raised up. The book of Numbers gets its name from the two censuses that are taken, one of the old generation and one of the new generation.
God’s people continually rebelled against God and complained to Moses. One day when there was no water where they were in the desert, they began complaining to Moses and telling him once again that they would have been better to be back in Egypt than to die in the desert. God spoke to Moses about this and Moses made a fatal mistake.
Ask the children…
What instruction did God give to Moses?
“You and Aaron must take the staff and assemble the entire community. As the people watch, speak to the rock over there, and it will pour out its water.” (Numbers 20:8)
What did Moses do?
“Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.” (Numbers 20:11)
Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it as God has instructed him. What did God say was the consequence of Moses’ disobedience?
“Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!” (Numbers 20:12)
It seems like a little thing that Moses did but as a leader God wanted Moses to demonstrate complete confidence in His word. Moses had the authority to just speak to the rock and yet he chose to do a more sensational action of striking it twice. God always has a good reason why He instructs us to do something.
Ask your children how they feel about the fact that Moses would not be able to lead the people into the Promised Land? Does it seem like a fair punishment? Why or why not? How important is it that we follow God’s instructions to us whether we understand them or not?
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