“…I will bring you unto the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob…” Exodus 6:8
Marah…The Waters of Bitterness
Welcome to the blog which adds another important story in our series of the great lawgiver, Moses. (To see the rest of the stories/worksheets offered please view the Table of Contents for both Old and New Testaments…Jan. 6th, 2014 post) After the great deliverance from the Egyptian army, the Children of Israel had a three day march and came to the Wilderness of Shur…remember that Hagar had been found by the Angel of the LORD by a spring on the way to Shur? Would the people recall their God’s loving care from the past few weeks when their water, which they had packed for their Exodus , had run out? We read that when they came to Marah, the waters were bitter and they could not drink them…”And the people complained against Moses, saying,’What shall we drink?’ So he (Moses) cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.”
I think this is a great story for kids because we know that life has a tendency to throw us curveballs…bitter circumstances where we are all tempted to complain that “this is not fair… or…God, you must not love me!” Children are watching the adults in their lives so see how they respond to these “curveballs”. They will take these experiences into consideration when contemplating their own personal faith-walks. Let it not be said that we are “complaining children” who occasionally worship…instead of “worshipful children” who occasionally complain! Please be prepared to spend some time defining bitter/bitterness.
Before this page gets colored, make sure the palm branches get colored in first. (FYI…I used colored pens for this) As I have mentioned in previous lessons, colored chalk makes coloring large spaces such sky or backgrounds a snap and it is cheap…I recommend Crayola brand. Just a reminder…crayon will not color over chalk and vice-versa. Choose a Bible memory verse that demonstrates the love and provision of God for His children. Here are a few that would be appropriate for this lesson.
“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those that trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7
“Oh how great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those that fear You…” Psalm 31:19
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
“For our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory…” 2 Corinthians 4:17
You will need small branches so each child can glue one near Moses after the page is colored. (see sample for placement) For a worksheet that does not have any text see the printable worksheet at kidsbible.wordpress.com