CONQUERING THE LAND

The Israelites needed to conquer the promised land, so God fought for His people. Joshua led and encouraged the people to be faithful to the one true God. Under Joshua’s leadership, the people conquered the promised land and began to live in it. Joshua was a representation of Christ, leading the Israelites to victory in Canaan as Jesus leads us to victory in overcoming the world.

“The Lord is the one who will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

Ask your Kid:

How can we glorify God?

We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him!

  • What did God promise Joshua?
  • What was the purpose of the memorial stones?
  • Why is it important to tell others about God?
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God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PARENT BIBLE STUDY

Last year your children studied Creation through the Israelites’ wandering in the wilderness and Moses' farewell.  This year we pick up the story forty years later, when it was time for the next generation to enter the land.

Only one geographical barrier separated the Israelites from the promised land of Canaan: the Jordan River. When the Israelites arrived, the Jordan River was flooded due to spring rains and snowmelt. Any other time, the river would have been manageable, but crossing the swollen river would have been as daunting as crossing the Red Sea. (See Josh. 4:23.)

The Israelites had mourned Moses’ death for 30 days (Deut. 34:8), but now this new generation looked to Joshua to lead them into the promised land. God had chosen Joshua and promised to be with him. Joshua prepared the people to cross the Jordan River, and they agreed to obey him as they obeyed Moses.

God gave Joshua a promise and a command. First, He promised to go before them and drive out all the people of the land. Then God commanded him to tell the priests to carry the ark of the LORD (a symbol of God’s powerful presence) into the waters of the Jordan. Then the waters of the river would be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above would stand in one heap. When this happened, all of Israel would know that God was with Joshua.

All of the people passed over on dry ground. Joshua set up 12 memorial stones as a reminder of God’s faithfulness in bringing Israel safely across the Jordan into the promised land.

The Israelites could do nothing apart from God. He was with them, and He was going to fight for them. In John 15:5, Jesus said, “You can do nothing without me.”

As you go through this week, emphasize with your kids that God was still at work with His people. God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. God had parted the red sea for Moses and the previous generation, now He leads Joshua and this generation through the Jordan. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin. The cross is our reminder of what Jesus has done for us: a miraculous saving we could never do for ourselves.

FAMILY TALKING POINTS

God went ahead of Joshua and the Israelites into the promised land. God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross. He showed His power to them so they would trust in Him. When Jesus came to earth, He showed His power so people would trust in Him and be saved from sin.

Talking Points:

  • God is always with us.
  • God promised to be with Joshua.
  • God’s people were ready to enter the promised land.
  • The Jordan River was too flooded for them to cross.
  • God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.
  • The people set up stones to remember what God had done.
  • God led His people through the Jordan River on dry ground.
  • God held back the Jordan River for His people to cross.
  • How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Discussion Starters:

  • How is this story similar to when God parted the red sea? How is it different?
  • What did the Israelites do to remember His power and presence with them through the Jordan?
  • What do believers do to remember Jesus’ death and resurrection?
  • Why does God show His power?
  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
  • What does this story teach me about myself?
  • Are there any commands in this story to obey?  How are they for God’s glory and my good?
  • Are there any promises in this story to remember?  How do they help me trust and love God?
  • How does this story help me to live on mission better?

Family Activity:

  • If the weather permits, take your family to a water park that has a “lazy river” style pool. Challenge them to resist the flowing water without holding on to the sides or touching the bottom. Talk to them about the power God showed when He stopped a much larger river.
  • Place blue hair gel in a plastic zip bag and seal.  Using your fingers, move gel to illustrate parting the water.  Talk about God's power and how it build's our trust.
  • Create a way to remember God's power and presence with your family: a thankfulness journal, or fill a jar with stones, recording the ways the Lord works in the life of your family.  You could begin at Thanksgiving and each following thanksgiving thereafter read together what you've recorded over the past year.    

NEXT WEEK

“The Battle of Jericho” (Joshua 2; 6)

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