How are you enjoying our free Fun, Flexible Family Devotionals? They are meant to be fun for you and your kids. We try to pick an activity you and your kids will enjoy and hopefully uses a lot of things you already have around the house.
It’s flexible, because we believe you know best what lessons and application principles your kids need most. We give you three options. You choose the Bible story and its corresponding application principle you like the best. That’s it!
Here’s todays devotional!
Supplies: Bible, flour (whole wheat is more authentic but almost any flour will work), water, oil (preferably olive oil, but others will work), cooking supplies, oven
Procedure: Choose one of the following Bible stories and application principles to be the focus of your lesson.
- The Israelites Leave Egypt. Exodus 12. God keeps His promises. He loves us, but He also expects us to obey His commands exactly as He gives them. Had the Israelites not put blood on their doorframe or tried to bake bread with yeast instead, things would have turned out differently than God planned for them to happen.
- Elijah and the Widow. 1 Kings 17:7-16. God will provide what we need – not necessarily what we want. Elijah and the widow might have preferred fancier meals than just unleavened bread and water. Yet, they were grateful God was keeping them from starvation. We need to help others and trust God will also take care of our needs. We also need to be grateful for every blessing – even the small, “boring” ones.
- Jesus and the Apostles at the Last Supper. Matthew 26:17-30 and others. Jesus set the example for our communion feast at this meal. He also gave a great example of how we should humbly serve others.
Tell or read from the Bible the story you have chosen for your family. As you discuss the application principles, discuss how the bread played a role in the story you have chosen. Does the Bible mention in the story why it was unleavened bread? Do your kids have suggestions if the scripture doesn’t explain why?
Pull out the ingredients for making unleavened bread (2 cups flour, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt). Have kids take turns adding the ingredients and mixing them. Give each child a ball of dough and have them pat it flat. They can pierce holes in it with a fork to keep air out. Explain to them that it is much quicker to make bread without yeast in it. A bread recipe containing yeast must often sit for several hours before it is ready to bake and eat. Unleavened bread must go in the oven immediately (flour and water alone have minuscule rising abilities if left to rise more than 18 minutes before being placed in a hot oven). Place their loaves on a baking sheet (lined with parchment) and bake at 450* for 8-15 minutes. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.
As you eat your baked bread (after cooling a bit!), ask your kids what they think God wants them to do about what they learned from the Bible story you told them today. What things might they need to do differently? What attitudes or ideas are they changing because of the story? Challenge each other to put these ideas into practice during the coming week.