Joshua and Caleb
Numbers 13:1- 14:38
“Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
As we continue our journey through Old Testament this week, the people of Israel have arrived at the promised land and they send spies into the land to scout it out. The spies return, reporting that the land is indeed good, but the people are too strong so they should not try to conquer it. Only Joshua and Caleb trust God’s plan.
Because of their lack of trust, God sends the people into the wilderness for that generation to die off so that the next generation could enter the land. God planned for Joshua to lead the next generation of Israelites into the promised land. Joshua was not perfect, but His faithfulness reminds us of Jesus, who is perfect. Jesus obeyed the Father and trusted His plan to save people from their sins.
Help your children to see how vital our total trust in God is, because that is an essential component of the gospel.
KEY PASSAGE: Joshua 1:9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Whom can we trust? We can trust God.
BIBLE STORY: JOSHUA AND CALEB
- Moses sent 12 men to look at the land of Canaan.
- The men saw that the land was good, but the people living there were very strong.
- Joshua and Caleb believed God.
- The people refused to enter the promised land.
- Israel wandered for 40 years.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Do you think it was easy or hard for Joshua and Caleb believe God when the others did not? Why?
- How has God shown our family that He can be trusted?
- Walk your neighborhood to “spy it out” for people who need to trust in Jesus. Pray for ways to share with them.
- Go further: Take a step of faith as a family and commit to give above what you normally give to missions.
NEXT WEEK “The Bronze Snake” (Numbers 20:1-20; 21:4-9)