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Scripture Lesson: John



God With Us … Even When We Rebel

Week #1




  1. God is good.


He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall. He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. He split the rocks in the wilderness and gave them water as abundant as the seas; he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers. - Psalm 78:12–16


Idea – God delivers his people from Egypt and blesses them in the wilderness.


  1. God’s people love to rebel.


But they continued to sin against him, rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High. They willfully put God to the test by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God; they said, “Can God really spread a table in the wilderness? True, he struck the rock, and water gushed out, streams flowed abundantly, but can he also give us bread? Can he supply meat for his people?” - Psalm 78:17–20


Notice attitude.


  1. God does get angry over sin.


When the Lord heard them, he was furious; his fire broke out against Jacob, and his wrath rose against Israel, for they did not believe in God or trust in his deliverance. - Psalm 78:21–22


  1. God is merciful.


Yet he gave a command to the skies above and opened the doors of the heavens; he rained down manna for the people to eat, he gave them the grain of heaven. Human beings ate the bread of angels; he sent them all the food they could eat. He let loose the east wind from the heavens and by his power made the south wind blow. He rained meat down on them like dust, birds like sand on the seashore. He made them come down inside their camp, all around their tents. They ate till they were gorged— he had given them what they craved. - Psalm 78:23–29




Points to Ponder


  1. In what areas do you struggle to see things from God’s perspective?


  1. How have you handled having a bad perspective on life in the past?


  1. How did the psalmist change his perspective?


  1. How can we make sure our perspective aligns with God’s?


Homework: Job 42