We hope you find this devotion encouraging this week! We’re learning all about how God fulfilled His promise to the Israelites and led them to the promised land. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Ask your children if they remember the key verse for this unit. Watch it with the hand motions.
“Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!” -Joshua 1:9
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Review the Big Picture Question for this unit with your children: Whom can we trust? We can trust God to take care of us.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is God fought for His people and led them into the promised land.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Joshua 2-4; 6. This story can be found on pages 48-51 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
When Moses died, Joshua became the leader of the Israelites. God told Joshua it was time to go into the land God promised to give Abraham’s family. Other people lived in the land, so the Israelites had to defeat them.
Joshua sent two spies into Jericho. The spies stayed with a woman named Rahab. The king found out the spies were in the city, so Rahab hid the men on her roof to keep them safe. She wanted to help God’s people. The spies agreed to keep Rahab and her family safe when the Israelites came into the city. Rahab tied a red rope in her window so the Israelites would know which house she lived in. Then the spies left Jericho.
Now the Israelites traveled toward the Jordan River, which separated them from the promised land. The people got ready to cross. The priests carried the ark of the covenant to the edge of the water. Then the priests stepped into the water, and the river stopped. All the people crossed the Jordan on dry ground. Joshua told the people to take 12 stones from the river to set up as a reminder that God stopped the water and helped them cross the river.
Next, God told Joshua, “March around the city one time each day for six days. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, and the priests should blow the trumpets. Then all the people should shout, and the walls of Jericho will fall down. The Israelites can then go into the city and conquer it.”
Joshua did what God said. On the seventh day, they marched around the city seven times. Then Joshua said, “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city!” So the people shouted, and the wall fell down. The Israelites went into the city and captured it. They destroyed everything in the city, but Rahab and her family were safe.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Who helped the Israelite spies? (Rahab)
- What happened when the men carrying the ark stepped into the river? (God made the water stop)
- What did Joshua set up to remind the people of how God stopped the Jordan River? (12 stones)
- What happened after the Israelites marched around the city seven times, the priests blew their trumpets, and the people shouted? (Jericho’s wall fell down)
- How many spies died Joshua send out? (two)
- Who hid the spies? (Rahab)
- Where did Rahab hide the spies? (on her roof)
- What did the spies promise Rahab? (Anyone who was in her house would be safe if she kept a red cord in her window)
- What were the priests carrying as they crossed the Jordan River? (the ark of the covenant)
- How many stones did the people gather to make a memorial? (12 stones)
- How many days did the Israelites march around Jericho one time? (6 days)
- What did they do on day 7? (marched 7 times, blew trumpets, and then shouted)
- What were the Israelites supposed to do with the things in the city? (destroy everything except Rahab and her family)
- Whom can we trust? (We can trust God to take care of us)
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite, you can use this lyrics video to sing The Lord Our God, or sing our Kids City songs from this unit.
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God led His people into the promised land. He gave them the city of Jericho. In a similar way, Jesus leads believers into heaven and gives them eternal life.
God fought for His people and led them into the promised land. Just as the Lord defeated Jericho for the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray and thank God for fighting for His people at Jericho. Thank Him for all the good things He gives us. Praise Him for keeping His promise to the Israelites, just like how He kept His promise to us by sending Jesus, who forgives us from our sins. Ask Him to help us trust Him more and more.