Sunday Spotlight is where we share our Children’s Ministry Bible lesson topic each week for kids of all ages. Use this lesson for a Family Night devotion or a review time to talk about what your kids learned at Calvary this week! We post a new lesson every Wednesday.
Sunday, January 30
Lesson Title: God Provided Manna
Bible Passages: Exodus 16–17
Key Passage: Psalm 95:6–7
Big Picture Question: What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God!
The Israelites had personally experienced God’s faithfulness as He directed them out of Egypt, fought for them as He parted the Red Sea, and then delivered them into the wilderness with the promise of a land of their own. What happened next is retold as a cautionary tale in both the Psalms and Book of Hebrews.
The Israelites tasted freedom for the first time in 400 years, but their stomachs still rumbled. Maybe the Israelites had expected to go straight to Canaan. Instead, they were in a dry wilderness without water or food. They began to think of Egypt in a warmer light. Maybe slavery hadn’t been that bad.
Isn’t that the lie that causes us to doubt God’s goodness? God saves us from slavery to sin; is following Jesus worth it? We know the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” But when life is hard and sanctification is trying, we—like the Israelites—sometimes stop trusting God. We grumble and complain.
God, the faithful keeper of promises, did not bring His people out of Egypt to let them die in the wilderness, nor does He abandon His children today. God sent His own Son, who gave up His life to free us from sin. He promises us a new home with Him forever.
If you had been among the Israelites, how do you think you would have responded? Can you think of a time your own circumstances had you questioning God’s goodness? Let the truth of Psalm 95:7 comfort you: “For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, the sheep under his care.”
Israel’s history is given to us in the Bible because it reflects the Christian experience. We are to learn from it. (See 1 Corinthians 10:1-11.) God cares for His people. He is faithful and keeps His promises. Our journey toward our new home of eternity will be challenging and trying, but we can rely on God—trusting His leading and provision.
The Lord is worthy of our trust and worship. The Israelites needed this reminder, and so do we. Trust Him and obey Him because His way is better than any plan you can conceive. He is a providing shepherd who will lead us.
And He did. God parted the waves of the Red Sea for the Israelites to walk through. When the Egyptians followed, God threw them into confusion and let the waters crash back over them.
God delivered His people. The Israelites saw God’s power and did what Pharaoh and the Egyptians refused to do: They feared the Lord. Exodus 15 records their song to God, reflecting on His power and faithful love for His people.
In an even greater display of His power and faithful love, God provided His Son, Jesus. Jesus is greater than Moses.
Through faith in Jesus, God delivers us from sin and death.
Family Talking Points
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
- Babies & Toddlers: Jesus gives people life forever.
- Younger Preschool: God gave His people food and water. Later, God gave the world His Son, Jesus. Jesus gives people life forever.
- Older Preschool: 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.
- Kids: God provided water and manna for His people's physical hunger. Later, He provided His Son, Jesus, for our spiritual hunger. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35). The Israelites needed bread to live for a little while, but whoever has Jesus will live forever.
Big Picture Question & Answer
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
- Babies & Toddlers: What is worship? Worship is singing, praying, and listening to God.
- Younger Preschool: What is worship? Worship is singing, praying, and listening to God.
- Older Preschool: What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
- Kids: What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
Psalm 95:6 This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.
- Babies & Toddlers: "Let's worship God." — Psalm 95:6
- Younger Preschool: "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” — Psalm 95:6
- Older Preschool: "Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” — Psalm 95:6
- Kids: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker! For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.” — Psalm 95:6–7
Next week: God Gave the Ten Commandments — Exodus 19-20
At Calvary, we use The Gospel Project for Kids on Sunday mornings as our guide for Bible study. This curriculum provides a three-year chronological journey through the Bible, giving our children a Christ-focused foundation with lots of hands-on activities.
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