Parents' Corner | June 30, 2019
The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness when they started to complain to Moses and to God. God had done some pretty amazing things for the Israelites—He rescued them from the hand of Pharaoh, He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross, and He provided manna for them to eat. But to the Israelites, it wasn’t enough.
God punished them because He knew their dissatisfaction was a sign of a bigger issue: a heart problem, a sin problem. They stopped believing that God is good. In their hearts, the Israelites believed the same lie that rattled Eve in the garden. Maybe God isn’t interested in giving us what is best. Maybe He is holding out on us.
God sent poisonous snakes that bit the people and killed many of them. The Israelites repented. They wanted Moses to ask God to take away the snakes.
God provided a solution. He told Moses, “Make a snake image out of bronze and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.”
In John 3:14, Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” What was Jesus talking about? Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” So Jesus invites us, “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other” (Isa. 45:22).
As you teach your kids, emphasize the problem that all of us face: we aren’t just sick; because of our sin, we deserve death. Then rejoice with them over the cure: Jesus, the sinless Savior, became sin for us and was lifted up on the cross in our place. We must do nothing but look to Him to be saved.
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
June 23, 2019
Scripture Memory: Philippians 1:6
“He who began good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Big Picture Question:
Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
Bible Story: The Bronze Snake (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)
- God provided water for Israel from a rock.
- Moses and Aaron disobeyed God and would not be able to go into the promised land.
- The Israelites complained. God sent poisonous snakes that bit the Israelites.
- God told Moses to put a bronze snake on a pole. When anyone looked at the bronze snake, he was healed.
Family Discussion Starters:
- What are some things we tend to complain about? Ask God to help you be thankful.
- How can we point someone to Jesus this week?
- Learn about snakes online.
- Go further: Research an unreached people group, pray for them, and consider how you can help take the gospel to them.
- The Promised Land and Jericho (Joshua 2-4; 6)