Did you know there are 62 mentions in the Bible of honey! Possibly the most well-known mention is God’s promise to send the Israelites to a land flowing with milk and honey.
In honor of September being National Honey Month, here’s a family fun bible project you can do together:
Read Genesis 43:11 where Israel has his sons pack up the “best of the land” to offer Joseph: honey, pistachios, and almonds.
What you’ll need:
Honey caramels (or Bit-O-Honey candies)
Be very aware of nut allergies before participating in this project.
Give the children bowls and allow them to put a scoop of each nut and a handful of caramels into a bag before telling them that it’s the “Best of the Land.” (If you’re doing this for children’s church you could give them baggies with labels – a great talking point for when they go home.)
God kept promising a land flowing with milk and honey. So what’s so great about honey?
See what the children know about honey as they snack on their own honey caramels.
Honey has antibacterial properties, works as a food preserver, is filled with antioxidants and healthy enzymes, and makes good flavors taste yummier while decreasing nasty flavors in foods.
Beyond that, it can make your throat feel better when you’re sick and work better than over-the-counter medicines (according to Penn State researchers) as a cough suppressant!
The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. Did you know that the taste of the honey will all depend on what types of flowers the bees visit? As a result, in the United States alone, there are over 300 varieties!
Now can your kiddos understand why honey would be so exciting to the Israelites?