February 23 | The Journey Begins

Today’s Reading:

Read Numbers 1:1-4; 17-19;51-54; 2:34

2 years after leaving Egypt, the Israelites were finally ready to officially begin their journey to the Promised Land. God had spoken through Moses to give them the 10 Commandments as well as all the instructions they would need.   

Remember how in Creation we saw that God was a God of Order? He has a definite plan.  As part of that plan, in Numbers 1 and 2 he defined the organization of the tribes of Israel.  All 12 tribes are descendants of Jacob.  Quick reminder- Jacob was Abraham’s son and God changed his name to Israel and from his 12 sons the tribes of Israel are named.  (See, God had a plan all along!) Using the scriptures you have read, draw a family tree starting with Abraham that includes Abraham’s sons and then Jacob’s sons.   

Not only did God outline how the tribes should be divided, He also gave specific instructions on how they should travel.  One of the most important things they had to remember was that the tabernacle was to always be at the center of what they were doing.  Remember, the tabernacle was God’s dwelling place.  God wanted to remind them that His holiness and His presence should be at the center of all they were doing. 


What do you take with you when you take a tripHow do you know where you are going when you take a tripRemind your family that the Israelites traveled with everything they owned, and they also only moved when God told them toThank God that He is a God of order and not chaos. We can always trust in HIS PLAN! 

February Memory Verse:

“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Hebrews 4:12

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

February Memory Verse

february memory verse song

February memory verse coloring sheet

february Fill-in the blank activity

february calendar