Bread from Heaven

Published: September 8, 2019


Bread from Heaven, Lesson 3, September 15, 2019

Bible Truth

The children of Israel complain about being hungry, and God rained down manna from Heaven.

Memory Verse:

Exodus 16:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.

Lesson Aim:

By the end of this lesson, we will:


God’s provision in the wilderness with Israel’s former slave masters in Egypt;


On the times we have complained about God’s provision;


Thanks for the many ways God takes care of us;

Lesson Overview

Life Need

People are often unhappy with what they have in life. However, with God, people can truly be satisfied and content with God’s provision. Despite their complaints as they wandered in the wilderness, God provided meat and bread for the Israelites.


God continues to provide for the Israelites


Students are grateful to God for His daily provisions.

Life Need

Aim: Students will decide to be thankful and not complain even when there’s lack.


Aim: Students will agree that temporary discomfort is temporary.


Aim: Students will commit to helping feed the hungry in their communities.

Students’ Response:

Aim: Students will reflect on God’s provision and be grateful.

Bread from Heaven, Lesson 3, September 15, 2019


The Children of Israel Are Free

Point One:

The Complaint (Exodus 16:1-3)

Point Two:

The Response (Exodus 16:4-8)

Point Two:

The Provision (Exodus 16:13-15)

Bread from Heaven, Lesson 3, September 15, 2019


Daily Scripture: Striking a Fair Balance (2 Corinthians 8:9-15)

Background Scripture:  Exodus 16


Daily Scripture: Believers Depend on One Another (1 Corinthians 12:18-26)

Introduction Exodus 15:1-21


Daily Scripture: The Lord Responds to Complaints (Exodus 16:9-12)

The Complaint (Exodus 16:1-3)

Question 1

How soon do the Israelites begin complaining after being freed from slavery? Why is being temporarily hungry so difficult to experience?

Question 2

Why are Moses and Aaron, the leaders, the target of the complaints?

Light on the Word

In The Wilderness

God may use our Wilderness experiences to test whether or not we trust in him. Although life may feel out of control, we should remember that God is still in control. In times of Crisis, God demonstrates his faithfulness faithfulness and proves that he cares for us. When we have challenges, remembering how God delivered, protected, and provided in the past helps us to encourage ourselves to go forward. We should not allow crisis and discomforts the clown on memories so that we forget the goodness of God. Believers should we call God's Bountiful blessings daily.


Daily Scripture: Conducting Daily Family Duties (Exodus 16:16-21)

The Response (Exodus 16:4-8)

Question 3

What might some people choose bondage over freedom whether physically, mentally, or spiritually?

Question 4

How has God intervened or provided for you in unexpected ways?

Light on the Word


God supplies our daily needs. Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread (Matthew 6:11; cf. Luke 11:3). Reliance on God builds trust and is an opportunity to rest in His faithfulness. We never trust in or rely on our own strength, power, or ability. God gives us the strength to work, to think, and to earn a living. Day by day, it is God who sustains us. We are always grateful because God's faithfulness never fails.


Daily Scripture: Observing the Sabbath Day (Exodus 16:22-30)

The Provision (Exodus 16:13-15)

Question 5

Why do we sometimes complain rather than rely on god-who can deliver us?

Question 6

How can we shift our focus from what we don’t have to be grateful for what we do have?

Light on the Word


The book of Exodus contains a significant record of Israel's history and the relationship with God. It records Gods act of faithfulness and Grace as He leads the children of Israel to the promised land in fulfillment of his promise to their forefathers - Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The book is inter-traversed with a series of challenges the people face, coupled with God Solutions. During their wilderness wanderings, the Children of Israel grumble against Moses and Aaron whenever there is a crisis (Exodus 15:24, Exodus 16:2, Exodus 17:3, Numbers 14:2, Numbers 14:29, Numbers 16:41). However, in reality, they are grumbling against the Lord (Exodus 16:8). The book can be summed up as God's faithfulness in Grace in dealing with his people.


Daily Scripture: Symbols of Remembrance (Exodus 16:31-36)

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Daily Scripture:  God Provides for the People (Exodus 16:1-8; 13-15)

Next Week’s Lesson: God Hears Our Cry (Numbers 13:1-14:10)