God Provides Manna and Quail


Scripture Reference: Exodus 15:22-16:36

Story Overview: The Hebrews began the long trek through the desert. As their food and water ran out, they began to grumble and complain. They began to wonder if maybe they had been better off as slaves in Egypt. When the Lord led them to an oasis where there was plenty of water, the people complained that the water was bitter. The Lord made it sweet by having Moses throw a piece of wood in it. Later, He caused a miraculous dew to fall around them each morning. As the dew dried it left flakes of sweet bread (manna) for them to eat. At night large flocks of quail flew in to provide plenty of meat.

Suggested Emphasis:The Lord took care of His people in the wilderness and he will take care of us today.

Background Study
Way to Introduce the Story
The Story
Review Questions
Craft and Activity Ideas
Online Resources


Background Study:
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Way to Introduce the Story:
Bring very thin wafers or crackers and honey to class. Have a snack before the story. “Do you like the taste of the honey and crackers? When the Israelites left Egypt they were very happy. After a while their food began to run out and they became hungry. Soon they began to wonder if maybe they would rather go back to Egypt. God sent them some special food.”
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The Story:
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Review Questions:

  1. What did God do to make the bitter water sweet? He told Moses to throw a piece of wood in it.
  2. What did the Israelites complain about in the desert? Not anything to eat or drink. They wanted to go back to Egypt.
  3. What did God provide them to eat? manna in the morning and quail at night
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Craft and Activity ideas for the class:

  • Review and continue to learn the memory verse as it applies to the lesson today.
  • Draw a line down the centre of a chalk/white board. Head one column with the word “Needs” and the other with “Wants”. List items under one or the other. Does God give us what we need? Which things do we complain the most about?
  • Make a collage with pictures cut out of magazines. Make sure the pictures are of the things that God provides us with. Write the memory verse (Philippians 4:19 from last week) in the centre of the collage.
  • Act out today’s story.
  • Start a collection of items for the needy. Perhaps have a box to collect tins of food for the church pantry.
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Online Resources:

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2 Responses to God Provides Manna and Quail

  1. Sheri Havens says:

    I use sugar cookie dough to make little tiny manna pieces.

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