March 5 | Remembering Where They’ve Been

Today’s Reading:

Read Numbers 33:2-48; Numbers 33:50-55

Sometimes it is good to look back and see all that God has done for us in our lives, isn’t it?  Spend a couple of minutes as a family remembering times when God has provided for you in a special way.   

Numbers 33 takes us through the trip in the Wilderness that brought the Israelites from Egypt to the Red Sea through the Wilderness to their final destination of Canaan!  It wasn’t a direct trip and there were a lot of challenges along the way, but the Israelites have now made it. And as they look back on all the places they have been, they were able to trace how God had provided for them along the way. 

Moses also reminded the Israelites of where they would be going.  Remember, he wasn’t going with them, so he wanted to be sure they understood God’s direction.  Canaan was filled with people who did not love GOD.  They worshiped other gods and practiced a lot of evil things.  God’s covenant with Israel had created a people who were different from that, they were set apart, with a calling to strive for holiness.   

God specifically directed the Israelites to drive out the inhabitants of Canaan.  This meant anyone who lived there had to leave.  The Israelites were the only people who were to be in Canaan.  God had given them the land to possess.  It was important for the Israelites to remember that they were to be a nation that was set apart.  The people who lived in Canaan were not supposed to stay there.  The Israelites’ job was to drive them out.  (Don’t forget this- it is going to come back around as we keep studying the Israelites.) 

Ask: What was the Israelites’ job? 


As you read Numbers 33:2-48Using a map, try to trace the Israelite’s journey.   Make a timeline of your family’s life and trace your journeyThank God for being with you through each step of your family’s journey. 

March Memory Verse:

He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Matthew 4:4

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:

March Memory Verse

MArch memory verse song

March memory verse coloring sheet

March Fill-in the blank activity

MArch Prayer calendar