40 Years of Wandering

40 Years Of Wandering

 (Bible Overview #15 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Trust God even when his answer does not come for long time

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1 GAME: Trust Run

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game The Game Breaks Without Trust / In the Bible Israel Stopped Trusting God / in our Life We Must Trust God Even if it is for a Long Long Time

  1. Players stand in two different lines facing each other – Close enough to touch the other’s outstretched arms. One player at a time will run from the front of the line to the end, between the outstretched arms)
    2. Sounds easy? The player had to run blind folded (three socks tied together, or simply is told to close their eyes.)
    3. Note: One coach stands at the end of the line to stop the players when they finish. Important: It is the coaches’ responsibility for the safety of the players.
    4. Important: Make sure the players standing in line understand that if the player runs off course they need to gently guide them back with their hands into the line.
    5. One player at a time is chosen to run between the two lines from start to finish.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Deuteronomy 2

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    In the Game The Game Breaks Without Trust / In the Bible Israel Stopped Trusting God / in our Life We Must Trust God Even if it is for a Long Long Time

Being a teenager: Rohit was going to be a teenager! It was so exciting! He studied well, was good at sports, played the piano, and always dressed well. He’d attend church with his parents and grandparents and politely greet all elders and friends. He was blessed. This was what the world saw of Sunil. But thirteen year old Sunil was so confused inside! He knew the story of Moses very well. He had learned how the Israelites were free at last; how the Pharaoh realized God’s power and set His people free to go and worship Him. The freed Israelites started their journey joyfully, with their flocks and herds from Egypt to the Promised Land. God guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud and provided them light in the night through a pillar of fire. But Sunil was never guided by any pillar! He wondered why God did not show him any signs.

The parting of the Red Sea: When Moses and his people were being chased by the Pharaoh’s soldiers, God parted the Red Sea to let them go to the other side! What a miracle! As soon as the last Israelite crossed over, the sea closed and all the soldiers were drowned!

When Sunil was being chased by rowdies in School, he ran in fear! God did not come to save him! There was no miraculous escape. Sunil got beaten every time. He got teased for being a good boy! Sunil was so hurt and confused. “Why, God? Why do you never come to rescue me?”

Israelites disbelief makes the journey longer: In spite of miracles the people of Israel kept complaining. God gave them food in the form of manna from the sky, quails for meat, and water from the rock! Because of their lack of faith in God, the two weeks journey took forty long years, before they finally reached Canaan – the Promised Land.

Soldier: Teenage years felt like forty long years to Rohit! It was a very difficult time filled with doubt, anger, and confusion. By the time Rohit was twenty he got into the Army. The training was very tough. He would often want to give up but he kept the faith. He soon became a Captain. That was when he realized that God had put him through those difficult times as a teenager to make him tough! He realized that the pillars of strength that stood by him day and night, leading the way and protecting him, were his parents!
This was the miracle in Rohit’s life! Praise God! This lesson teaches that God wants His children to trust Him at all times as He is with us all along.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:      In the Game The Game Breaks Without Trust / In the Bible Israel Stopped Trusting God / In our Life We Must Trust God Even if it    is for a Long Long Time

Memory Verse:  “The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything.”  Deuteronomy 2:7 

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What was it like to run blindfolded?
Did you trust the other players to guide you well?
Was it easy to run across the room?

2. Bible
What was the command God gave to the Israelites?
Why did the Israelites wander for 40 years in the desert?
What would have happened had the Israelites obeyed the Lord?
What does God want of His people? Obedience

3. Life
Pray out loud and repeat after me: “Dear God, please help me to never rebel against the Lord our God. Please give me courage to obey and share this truth. Amen.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Prepare questions from the lesson and make all the children stand in a line.
Ask one question after the other and whoever answers correctly moves one step forward towards the end line. Whoever reaches the end line will be the winner.

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