Term 2 – Week 5

Big Idea – The Lord kept his promises and the people entered the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 18:17-20; 34; Joshua 1-3

Lesson Background

This unit of work is an overview of the Old Testament from creation in Genesis 1 up to God’s promise to King David in 2 Samuel 7.  The theme for the unit is: God always keeps His Promises.

The story so far…. God rescued the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. They were in the desert near Mt Sinai where Moses went up the mountain to talk to God. While at Sinai, God gave the law to help the Israelites live as God’s people in the Land and He commanded Moses to build his very Special tent (The tabernacle) so He could live with His people. However, the Israelites built a golden calf and turned turn away from God to worship a fake god (idol). But the Lord showed the Israelites mercy when Moses prayed to God on their behalf. Last week we saw the Israelites finally reach the edge of the Promised Land. But only Joshua and Caleb trust God to keep his promises and give the people the land he promised. 

Therefore, as punishment for their sin, the Israelites had to wander in the desert for 40yrs and the whole Exodus generation missed out on entering the Promised Land including Moses.

Deuteronomy 18:17-20 – God promised to raise up a new prophet to lead God’s people into the Promised Land.

Deuteronomy 34 – Moses climbs Mt Nebo, and there the Lord showed Him the Promised Land. The Lord said to Moses, ‘This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, “I will give it to your descendants.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it’ (v.4). Then Moses died.

Joshua 1 – Joshua prepared the people to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. The people agreed to obey him just as they obeyed Moses.

Joshua 2 – Joshua sent two spies, to look over the land God had promised. The men entered the house of Rahab the prostitute and stayed there. However, the King of Jericho found out the Israelites had entered the land to spy. Because Rahab the Prostitute feared the Lord (vv.9-11), she hid the spies in the roof and they escaped down a rope out the city walls. Upon their return to Joshua they said, The Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting in fear because of us’ (v.24). Joshua 3 – 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.

Outcomes

The children will know that Moses and the Exodus generation missed out on entering the Promised Land, however the new generation of Israelites entered the land the Lord promised to his people.

The children will give thanks to God for his faithfulness to his promises The children will trust and fear the Lord for he is powerful and good. We know this to be true because Jesus died and came alive again to fix the problem of sin.

Songs

My God is so Big (Colin Buchanan – Remember the Lord)

Memory Verse

He said, “I am the Lord, the Lord. I am the God who is tender and kind. I am gracious.

I am slow to get angry. I am faithful and full of love….

But I do not let guilty people go unpunished.

 

Exodus 34:6-7

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