Jr. Tree of Life
Moses -Part 4
Whiners and Complainers #1
|picture by Pamela Huffman
Eternity Past, Age of Gentiles, Age of Israel, Hypostatic Union, Church Age, Tribulation, Millennium, Eternal future
Before you begin this Bible study, If you have never believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior, John 3:16 tells us: “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Simply have faith that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and you will have eternal life and be saved. If you have believed in Jesus Christ as your Savior; then 1 John 1:9 tells us; “If you confess your sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Simply privately tell God the Father your sins to be filled with God the Holy Spirit and He will teach you Bible truth. (Rebound)
Promise Memory Verse
“Do all things without grumbling or arguing.” Philippians 2:14
The children of Israel had a lot be thankful for because God had done so many unforgettable miracles in order to free them from slavery. God chose Moses, who along with his brother Aaron, rescued them from all kinds of crazy, freaky things that happened during the 10 plagues in Egypt.
When the Israelites got scared because the Pharaoh and his army were coming after them, God helped them all to escape by sending a strong wind to open the waters of the Red Sea! The Egyptians galloped into the dry path behind them, and God made the waves come crashing down on top of the Pharaoh and his crew!
Three days after that amazing rescue, the Israelites completely forgot all about trusting God and His power. They arrived at a place called Marah and immediately tried to drink the water. Yuck. They couldn’t like it because it was bitter, so they complained to Moses! God didn’t get mad at them though; He gave them grace and told Moses to throw a tree into the water to make it taste sweet.
Did they deserve this miracle from God? No, but God is grace and made the water taste good because that’s how grace works. None of us earn or deserve it.
After camping out for a while by some fresh water and date Palms, Moses and Aaron led the former slaves back into the wilderness. It had been around a month since they left Egypt and all the Israelites started moaning and groaning once again! All they could think about was how much they missed the food they had in Egypt, and even wished they had died there instead of being rescued.
God still treated them in grace, even though they whined and complained. He also sent quail for them to eat that night. When the Israelites woke up in the morning after the dew melted, there were white flakes on the ground. They gathered them up and cooked the manna into loaves. They called this bread from Heaven, manna.
The manna tasted like wafers and honey and it came with rules. The people were supposed to gather only what they and their families could eat for the day. Some people got greedy and hoarded up as much as they could get before it melted in the sun. They soon learned that the manna that they saved smelled disgusting and it was all full of worms!
God gave them another rule as well. On the sixth day, they were to gather enough to last them for two days and that manna would stay fresh. God called the seventh day the Sabbath and told them to set that day apart so that they could both thank and worship God. The Sabbath was to be a day of rest for them as well.
Picture by Gracie Lessard
When you get home from school, are you the type of person that spends all night crying and whining because you have too much homework?
Do you ever argue back at your dad when he asks you to do something?
When you don’t get something that you wanted while shopping for groceries, do you ever have a meltdown?
Everyone has a choice: they can be a whiner and a complainer, or they can follow the rules and be happy.
Being angry all of the time hurts your chance to have fun, and also will keep your friends from wanting to hang out with you. It is always better to do things God’s way.
Pamela Huffman 2021