Scripture: Numbers 13-14
- Students will learn God expects us to trust that he knows what is best for us.
- Students will learn God expects us to trust He will keep His promises to us.
- Students will learn God will reward those who have faith in him and ultimately punish those who do not.
- Students will be introduced to and learn how to use percentages.
Guiding Question: How can God support us when we are scared and worried?
Materials: Paper figures if needed, paper, pencil
Procedure: Review the story of the spies exploring Canaan. Ask the students why Joshua and Caleb felt differently from the other spies. Explain that Joshua and Caleb had courage because they trusted in God. Ask the students what makes them afraid. Have them share what they do when they are scared. Ask what they can do to ask God for support when they are worried about things. Remind students that God wants them to come to Him when they worry so that He can provide them peace and give them direction.
Introduce the activity. Begin by explaining percentages by using numbers from the story. Example: What percentage of the spies thought they should go in? What percentage thought they shouldn’t? What if three spies had advised to enter the Promised Land, then what would the percentages be? You can use paper figures at first to help students visualize if needed.
Additional Questions: How can percentages be applied to real life scenarios?
Supplemental Activity: Set up a department store advertisement with various sales happening (tops 50% off, shoes 30% off, etc). Then give students various clothes for each category with different prices and students have to find out how much the item will be after the sale.
-Sale: Tops 50% off
-Blue Shirt: $24.00
-Floral Shirt: $45.99
-Red Long sleeve shirt: $36.00