Taking the Land
Joshua 10-11; 24
“The Lord… will be with you; he will not leave you or abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8
Last week, kids learned that God fought for His people at the battle of Jericho. When Moses was the leader of Israel, God gave His people instructions about entering the promised land. Among those instructions was the command to drive out the nations living in the land of Canaan. (See Deut. 7.) These nations were corrupt, and God would judge them for their sin. (Lev. 18)
In the first battle, Israel marched around Jericho and the Lord gave them the city. As Israel moved to take the rest of the land, God pledged His presence to Joshua and reminded Israel of what He required: If you want to be successful in the land, you must obey Me. (See Josh. 1:7.) The Israelites learned from experience that disobedience to God would result in certain defeat, as Achan’s sin brought about their downfall during the battle of Ai. (Josh. 7)
During the battles the Israelites faced in Canaan, Joshua was not in charge; the Lord was. God determined whom Israel battled and how Israel would win. Joshua 10–11 describes Israel’s defeat of five kings who attacked Gibeon, an ally of Israel. Miraculously, God sent hailstones and stopped the sun. He gave Israel the victory. God was with Israel as they conquered the rest of the land. Then He gave His people years of peace and rest.
Help your kids see the bigger picture beyond Israel’s individual battles against the Canaanites. Joshua’s name means “The LORD is salvation.” God fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. Sinners can look to God for victory over sin and death. God brought us salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again.
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BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
- Five kings attacked the Gibeonites because Gibeon was a friend of Israel.
- Joshua and the Israelite army went to help Gibeon.
- God made the sun stand still so Israel could win the battle.
- God gave Israel peace and rest.
KEY PASSAGE: Deuteronomy 31:8
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- How did God show His power to Israel, Gibeon, and the five kings?
- How does Jesus give believers victory over sin and death?
- Read Joshua 10:12-15. Pray audacious prayers together. Ask God to do what only He can do.
- Look online for instructions and create a sundial. Place the sundial outside on a sunny day. Observe the way the shadows move throughout the day. Talk about what the shadows would do if the sun stood still.