The Israelites continued to journey toward the Promised Land. As they traveled they began to grumble again. They complained about the food, and that God had brought them into the desert to die. So, once again, God punished them for their lack of faith. This time he sent deadly snakes to attack them. Many were bitten and died. So, once again, the Israelites admit they have sinned and ask Moses to pray for them.
Moses prays and God tells him to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Moses is supposed to raise it up so the people can see and anyone who had been bitten and looks at it will live. Now understand that this bronze snake had no powers. God simply gave the people a way to show their obedience after their sin. The action of doing what God said is what brought forgiveness for their sin and healing from the bite, not some power in the snake. We should do what God says in the first place, but when we make a mistake and sin, we need to do what He says to make things right. In our case, that is pray and ask forgiveness.
Give each person 10 small candies (such as M&Ms, jelly beans, etc.) Play a game of “God says” (just like Simon says except you say “God says” jump on one foot, etc.). Every time they do something God didn’t say they lose a candy. At the end of the game give each person the opportunity to say they are sorry for not doing what they were told. If the ask forgiveness, give their candy back!