For the Future!

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God tells the children of Israel to put away an omer of manna to guard for the future generations to see. 

Discuss:

  • Do you have anything in your house that was handed down from a grandparent? Why is it special?
  • Why would God want some of the manna (the special food that He created for the children of Israel in the wilderness) to be saved?

Creative Thinking:

  • What do you have that you would like to put away for your grandchildren and their grandchildren to see?
    • Why do you think it is good for them to see this item?
  • Make a list of things in history that should have been put away for us to see today.
  • Make a list of things that we should consider putting away for future generations to see.

Homeschooling Activities for Everyone (Youth Groups, English Language Programs, Around the Family Table, or Just for Fun Because You Like to Think):

  • Research how food has changed over time.
  • What are the new trends in food?
    • Why are these foods becoming popular?
    • Try a new food and write about it.
  • Research what happened to the omer of manna that was put away by the children of Israel.
  • Check out how much food an omer would be?
  • Write about why we should care that the future knows how we live today.
  • Write a journal entry for some manna that was not put away. Was it happy or disappointed not to be picked.
  • Write a journal entry for the manna that the children of Israel put away.

Moses Warned the Children of Israel

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Moses told the children of Israel not to leave any of the manna over until morning. Not everyone obeyed. Those who left the manna until morning found that the manna had worms and smelled.

Discuss Leaving the Manna Over Until Morning:

  • Why would some of the children of Israel leave over food for the next day?
  • The manna that was left over got worms and smelled. Was that a just punishment?

Creative Thinking About Obeying Instructions:

  • List as many reasons as you can for not obeying Moses’ warning to not leave over any food until the morning.
  • Do you think that it is easier to obey instructions or to go against them? Explain.

Homeschool Activities for Homeschooling Bible, Homeschooling without Bible, and Non- Homeschoolers – In Other Words For Everyone:

  • Moses got angry at the people who left food until the next day. What is anger?
  • What types of things get you angry?
    • Why do these things get you angry?
  • Why does food that goes bad smell?
  • The manna that was left over until the next day got worms. Research worms.
  • The manna that was left over smelled bad. Research how we smell.
  • Some things smell good and others smell bad. Describe a good smell and a bad one.
  • What would you say to someone who left some of their manna over until the next morning after Moses had told all of the children of Israel not to leave any manna overnight.

Weights and Measures

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Each person was allowed an omer of manna. Manna was the special bread which God made for the children of Israel.

Discuss Weights and Measures:

  • For what purposes do we use weights and measures?
  • Do you think that weights and measures were a good invention?

Creative Thinking About Weights and Measures:

  • What are the pros and cons for being allowed only a very specific portion of food?
  • What is the advantage to a supermarket of having a price per weight for some foods?

Homeschooling Activities for Homeschoolers and Everyone Else:

  • Is one kind of food as satisfying as another kind of food? For instance is a pound/kilogram of rice cakes as satisfying as a pound/kilogram of chicken?
  • An omer was a unit of measure. Make a chart of various units of measurement.
  • Why do you think that God only created one kind of food for the children of Israel?
  • In your house are you given food on your plate or does everyone take what they want from the serving dishes? Explain the benefits for the way that your family serves food. What are the disadvantages.
  • Would you mind measuring your food before eating it? Why or why not?
  • Do you think that most of the children of Israel would have measured their food as requested? Why or why not?
  • God told the children of Israel to measure their food. Do you think that someone could have tricked God and take a different measurement of food?
  • Do you think that we would be a healthier nation of we stilled used weights and measurement to control our food intake?

God Provides Food From Heaven for the Children of Israel

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The children of Israel complain to Moses that there is no food. Moses confronts God who says that he will rain down food from heaven. But, there is a condition. The people are to go out and gather a day’s portion every day without leaving any left over except on the Sabbath. This is a test from God. 

Discuss:

  • God provided food for the children of Israel, but he made rules for gathering and eating the food. When someone gives you something but attaches requirements or rules are you just as happy with the gift?
  • What is a test?

Creative Thinking:

  • Is God raining down food from heaven any more of a miracle than Him making it appear from the ground? Explain why or why not.

Bible Homeschooling Activities for Everyone – Even if you don’t homeschool:

  • What is the benefit of people going out to gather their own food?
  • How would life be different today if people had to spend time going out to collect their food? Is this the same as having to go to the supermarket? If not how is it different?
  • Why would God connect going out to collect food with testing the people?
  • Why do people so often not follow directions?
  • How did the refrigerator change people’s lives?
  • How do refrigerators work?
  • How did the modern oven change people’s lives?
  • If you could only eat one kind of food, what would it be? Why? Think of ways that you could vary that food to make it a bit different so that you could have some variety.

The Children of Israel Complain to Moses

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The children of Israel now complain to Moses because they are hungry.

Discuss Complaining About Being Hungry:

  • What is the difference between being hungry and starving?
  • The children of Israel were taken out of slavery, saved from the Egyptians, given water to drink, and yet they still complain. Did they have a right to complain?

Creative Thinking About Complaining:

  • Make a list of things that it is okay to complain about and a list of things it is not okay to complain about.

Bible Homeschoool Activities that Anyone Could Do:

  • It is possible that the children of Israel ate until they were full when they were slaves, but it is also possible that they remembered things as being better than they were. We all do this at times. Why do you think that we sometimes remember things in the past as being better than they really were?
  • Do you think that it was fair of the children of Israel to say to Moses that he led them into the wilderness to be killed? Explain.
  • How much food do people need to eat to stay alive?
  • Most people in North America today eat much more than they need to. Why do you think that this occurred?
  • Interview one of the children of Israel about why s/he is complaining.
  • Why is bread the symbol of all food?
  • Follow a recipe and make a loaf of bread. Write a description of how the bread tastes to you.
  • Explain why you think the children of Israel complained to Moses and not to God.

A Water Solution

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After the children of Israel crossed the Sea of Reeds safely they went for three days without finding any water. The children of Israel complained to Moses and Moses asked God what to do. God gave a solution to Moses.

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Discuss:

  • What happens today when people feel they need something that doesn’t exist?
  • We all need water to survive. If you complain because you don’t have something that you really need is it different than complaining that you don’t have something that you just want?

Creative Thinking:

  • Many people in the world live without clean water. Do you have a responsibility to help them get clean water? Why or why  not?
  • What options did the children of Israel have besides asking God for water to drink?

Homeschool Activities That Everyone Can Use:

  • Why do people complain?
  • Find out where in the world today people do not have clean drinking water.
  • God told Moses to put wood into water to make it taste sweet and good. That is an invention. Research some new inventions that turn unsuitable water into drinking water.
  • If the water tasted bitter, but had nothing wrong with it, should the children of Israel have drunk it without rejecting it?
  • How much water are people supposed to drink in a day? Why do we need to drink water?
  • Think of something that does not exist where you live that you think people would use. Make a plan of how you could create this thing.
  • The water that the children of Israel found tasted bitter. After Moses put the wood into the water it tasted sweet and good. Find out how we taste different flavors.

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The Children of Israel Have Faith in God and Moses

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Discussion Questions:

  • The children of Israel had seen the “hand of God” before, during the plagues in Egypt, so why does it only say now that they had faith in God and in Moses?
  • What does it mean to revere someone?
  • What does it mean to be sincere?

Creative Thinking:

  • Why would the splitting of the Sea of Reeds be a bigger miracle than the ten plagues?

Homeschool Activities:

  • Do you revere anyone? Who is it and why do you revere him or her?
  • Are you sincere about anything? What is it and why are you sincere about it?
  • Do you have faith in anyone? Who is it and why do you have faith in him or her?
  • Write what you think it would have been like to see the sea coming over the Egyptians at the Sea of Reeds.
  • Explain the emotions that you think God felt when He drowned the Egyptians.
  • Have you ever seen anything that could be considered the “hand of God”? What happened? Explain why you could describe it as the “hand of God”.
  • Do you think that the Egyptians recognized that it was the “hand of God” which inflicted their death? Explain why or why not.

Thinking Versus Complaining

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The children of Israel left Egypt. They are in the wilderness and see the Egyptians coming. They complain that they would rather have been slaves in Egypt. God tells Moses to tell the children of Israel to move forward. This means that they are to go into the Sea of Reeds.

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Discussion Questions About Asking for Help:

  • Why do people often cry out for help before figuring out their options?
  • Do you think that you get more help from someone if you say, “What should I do?” or do you get more help when you ask advice between various options that you lay out?

Creative Thinking:

  • Moses and the children of Israel had left Egypt. They now stood in front of the Sea of Reeds and were being pursued by the Egyptians. Think of as many options as possible of things that they could have done.
    • Divide the options into three categories: really bad options, best options under the circumstances, and possibilities (i.e. not the worst, but not the best).
  • Think of all the reasons that the children of Israel could come up with not to go into the Sea of Reeds.

Homeschooling Activities for Homeschoolers, Youth Groups, and Much More:

  • The children of Israel were told to move forward. This meant that they were to travel into the Sea of Reeds. Write a list of safety rules for them.
  • Research the Sea of Reeds.
  • Write a pep talk to give to the children of Israel explaining to them that they are all to walk into the Sea of Reeds.
  • Why do you think Moses cried out to God? Why did Moses not just make a decision by himself?
  • Have you ever been faced with something that you considered too hard to do? Did you not want to go forward? Tell about it.
  • What would be the characteristics of the first few people who willingly walked into the Sea of Reeds?
  • Describe to someone what it felt like and all of your emotions taking the first few steps into the Sea of Reeds.
  • Describe the thoughts of one of the children of Israel far back from the Sea of Reeds waiting for his/her turn to walk into the water.
  • Write what the Sea of Reeds was thinking when it heard Moses tell the children of Israel that they were to go forward into the Sea of Reeds.

 

The Big Book of Cards & Toasts for Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme Just Got a Great Review!

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Check out this great review that I just got for The Big Book of Cards & Toasts for Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme by Bermota Naylor!

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Review Rating:
4 stars.
Reviewed By Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite

 

If you need a custom message or words of expression for your grandchild, relative, colleague, or a special occasion, then you need a copy of The Big Book of Cards and Toasts For Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist. Here you will find a plethora of beautiful, expressive words that you can use for most special occasions. Marcia has something for everyone, not only the traditional anniversaries or birthdays, and her expansive catalogue includes:

•Bar/Bat Mitzvah
•Best Wishes From Far Away
•SMS Message/Twitter (Short Notes For All Occasions)
•Child Moving Away
•Cleaning A House (Encouragement for That Special Someone)
•Coming Back To Work After An Absence
•Corporate Sponsor
•Employee of The Year
•Engagement
•And Much Much More

In The Big Book of Cards and Toasts For Almost All Occasions: Express Yourself in Rhyme by Marcia Goldlist, you will experience the pleasure that one would feel as either the giver or receiver. Marcia provides several options for each card and also footnote suggestions on how to tailor the card for your specific needs. The cards range from three to over 17 lines, which is ideal for getting your message across.

 

I would like to see her take her cards further and marry these beautiful words with some rich illustrations. Personally, I love cards and still use them, but at times I need to add a little handwritten note to let the receiver feel my personal touch. Having a copy of The Big Book of Cards and Toasts For Almost All Occasions by Marcia Goldlist in my library is just the right tool to have readily available for my cards or any other written words of expression.

Sometimes We Have to Remain Silent!

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Moses tells the children of Israel that the Egyptians which they will see will not be seen anymore. God is going to make a war for them, but they have to keep quiet while He does this.

Discussion:

  • Why is it so hard not to talk?
  • Why would God be willing to wage war for the children of Israel?

Creative Thinking:

  • God would not take the children of Israel the short way to Canaan (Israel) because He was afraid that they would want to turn back if they saw war. Now God is saying that He will wage war for them. What are the differences between the two situations?

Homeschool Activities for Everyone:

  • Dumb means not to be able to talk. Research dumbness.
  • Write a story about someone who always feels that they have to say something.
  • Try not to talk for a whole day (or at least a few hours). Write about your experience.
  • Explain a situation where it is better to keep quiet.
  • Explain a situation where it is very important to speak up.
  • Describe what silence sounds like.
  • Why do you think that God would make a requirement that the children of Israel had to remain silent.
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