Term 2 – Week 6

Big Idea – The Lord kept his promise to deliver Jericho into the hands of the Israelites.

Joshua 6

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, but all of the Exodus generation, including Moses missed out on entering the Promised Land. Only Joshua and Caleb trusted God to keep his promises and give the people the land He promised; therefore, only they were allowed to enter it. Therefore, the Israelites wandered around in the desert for 40yrs. God chose Joshua to be the new leader of God’s people. In Joshua 3, the Lord stopped the waters of the Jordan River and Joshua led the people into the Promised Land. God always keeps his promises.

Before Moses died, he summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, ‘Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. 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.’ (Deut 31:7-8)

Joshua 6: The LORD brought His people into the promised land. Now they had a task set before them: conquer the people living in the land. But 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 spies 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.

Outcomes

The children will know that God is powerful and faithful to his promise in bringing victory to the Israelites over Jericho.

The children will give thanks to God for his faithfulness to his promises The children will trust God for he is powerful and faithful.

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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