We are to obey God's laws exactly
Nadab and Abihu / Miriam Rebels
Incense: a mixture that gives off a
nice-smelling smoke when burned
Holy: set apart, special, dedicated to God
Discussion points: God had said, "By those who come near
me I will be regarded as holy; and before all the people I must be
glorified." Discuss how Nadab and Abihu had failed to regard God as
holy. How should they have glorified Him before the people? How do
people today fail to treat or regard God as holy?
Activity: Learning from
How do we know how to please God and treat Him as holy? We study his
word. Use this activity to teach kids how we learn about God.
Common or Holy?
Be careful, little eyes,
what you see
Lev. 10:10 You must tell the difference
between holy and common.
Lesson Numbers 1:9-12
Brothers and sisters often have a difficult time rejoicing in each
others talents, especially if one is much more successful in an endeavor
than another. In this passage, we have a very special family. Discuss
the special role each child played in God's plan. Each one of them were
blessed greatly. but apparently Miriam was jealous of Moses' special
position. She didn't understand that God put Moses in a special place,
it wasn't the people who made him special.
Are we ever jealous? It is easy to see others succeed and wish we
were successful too? How do we deal with jealousy? There are several
things we can do to avoid being upset when someone else is doing well.
1) We can try to feel the joy that person is feeling - pretend to be
2) We can think about the gifts God has given us, times when He
has helped us do well. Thanksgiving keeps us from falling into the trap
3) We can think about the struggles that person overcame to
achieve their goal - not all successes come easy.
4) We can pray to God about how we feel. Sometimes just sharing
with him helps us deal with the hurt.
5) We can counter each bad thought with a good one. If you find
yourself thinking mean things, make yourself think a nice thoughts about
the person, list what you like about them.
6) Finally, Jesus taught us to love everyone. The quickest way to start
thinking good about someone is to think of things you can do to help
them. Soon you won't be thinking mean about them.
For older students - discuss how Aaron seems to be very easy to
influence. Although he was the High Priest to God himself, Miriam
was able to incite him against his own brother. Earlier the people
convinced Aaron to make the golden calf while Moses was on Mt.
Sinai. Discuss the dangers of letting others think for you. Remember
the old adage, "if you don't stand for something, you'll fall for
Remind students that all blessings are from God. Whenever we think
of something we don’t have that we want, we should name two specific
things God has already blessed us with. Have students name off
several things God has provided for them. Write them down on a
posterboard, small pieces of paper or a regular size sheet. Practice
a couple rounds - have students name something they want, then have
them think of (at least) two things God has already provided. Lead a
prayer to thank God for all these things.
True or False
Review Questions for
God did not tell Nadab and Abihu what kind of fire He wanted.
We can choose how we want to glorify God. F
Miriam was jealous of Moses' position. T
Aaron defended Moses to the congregation. F
Moses wanted his sister punished. F
Moses was able to forgive his siblings. T
Name three blessings God had given the Israelites.
Recite the memory verse (or first five books of Bible).
What does holy mean?
Act out a whining Israelite complaining about the manna.
Draw a quail.
Put together a puzzle.
How did Moses feel when the Israelites complained?
How did God feel when Nadab and Abihu sinned?
How did the Israelites feel when God punished their complaining?
Name three blessings God has given you.
How do we know what is holy or common?
How do we show our appreciation for what God has done?
What did Nadab and Abihu do wrong?
Why did God punish them?
What did the Israelites complain about?
How did God punish their ungratefulness?
How many men did Moses appoint as leaders?
What two kinds of food did God provide?