Term 1 – Week 6
Big Idea – The LORD kept his promise to deliver Jericho into the hands of the Israelites
- See the power of God working in bringing victory to the Israelites over Jericho
- Understand this as a fulfilment of God’s promises to Israel
- Aim to follow the trust and obedience that Israel showed, confident in God’s power to deliver what he has promised
- Belief – God is powerful to keep his promises, especially when we are not!
- Behaviour – Trust God even when we feel outnumbered or hopeless
The LORD brought His people into the promised land. Now they had a task set before them: conquer the people living in the land. Before the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, Joshua – in the way Moses had done decades before – sent scouts into the land. The first city the Israelites came to was Jericho. God told Joshua that He had handed the city over to Israel.
The LORD’s reputation went ahead of the Israelites, creating fear in the people of Jericho. With the exception of one woman, the people of Jericho wanted nothing to do with God.
Rahab was unique amount the inhabitants of Jericho. She wanted to be on God’s side. Hebrews 11:31 says that by faith, Rahab ‘welcomed the spied in peace.’ Rahab had faith that God was going to keep His promises to His people.
She wasn’t the only one. The Israelites fought the battle of Jericho by faith (see Heb. 11:30). Israel did not focus on what was going on inside the city of Jericho; they focused on doing what God had instructed. They obeyed even when it seemed nothing was happening. On the seventh day, the troops shouted, the trumpets sounded, and the wall around Jericho collapsed.
Joshua gave the people specific instructions to destroy everything in the city except for Rahab and her family. The Israelites were not to keep anything for themselves. The LORD would provide for all their needs, so they had no reason to plunder Jericho. When the Israelites attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were safe. They joined God’s people.
‘The LORD himself goes before you
and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
God’s people in God’s place – Awesome Cutlery
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