Vocab or Key words: census, infectious, fermented, utensils, ceremonially, purify, encamped, resin, coriander, ancestral, plunder
At first glance, Numbers is a daunting task. But, if you view it as God’s math with more Israelite journeys, it may be easier to follow.
Chapter 1 is a census. Explain what it is and what it accomplishes.
Chapter 2 is a detailed account of whose camp is whose & what went where.
Chapters 3-5 are a family listing.
A great project for Numbers could be doing a family tree or research to see if there are any famous people in your lineage.
Chapter 5 deals with dos or don’ts.
Chapter 6 deals specifically with Nazi rites, like Samson. But, towards the end in verses 22-27, The Lord tells Moses how to bless the Israelites.
A project could be to have the child make a tracing of their handprint & write the blessing in it.
Chapters 7 & 8 are about offerings & articles.
Chapter 9 is about Passover & the cloud. Again, have lamb for lunch or dinner.
In Chapter 10, the Israelites are traveling again. Make a map. Add a pushpin. Try to trace their route based off the Biblical directions.
Chapter 11 has the Lord feeding the Israelites quail. Have the children research quail & give a small presentation about it.
Chapter 12 addresses jealousy- Miriam & Aaron versus Moses.
Have the kids look up additional Bible verses on jealousy.
Chapter 13 is on exploration. Continue to peg their journey on your map.
In Chapter 14, again, we find the Israelites forgetting all the things God has done. The explorers had seen large people & brought back some enormous grapes. Have grapes for snack or Honey Nut Cheerios in milk to symbolize the land flowing with milk & honey.
In Chapter 20, Moses loses his temper. Explain to the students that Moses acted out of anger. This resulted in him not being able to see the Promised Land.
You may wish to watch The Veggietales ‘Mo & the Big Exit’.
Chapter 21 speaks of The Bronzed Snake. Make sure the children understand that it wasn’t the snake that healed them, but their obedience to God. They showed faith in believing what He said.
Balaam’s donkey is in Chapter 22. Make talking donkeys out of paper bags. Use one every time the donkey speaks.
For chapters 28 & 29, if you haven’t done so prior, discuss the Feasts & their meanings. Perhaps you can do this either on paper or using PowerPoint.
As Numbers ends, take note, on your map, how far they’ve come. End with a prayer thanking God that, whatever journey we may be on, He’s always there.