Don't Obey Halfway, Obey All the Way!

Have you ever seen a large building in the process of being demolished? This likely happens over a long amount time with the help of significant manpower and lots of heavy machinery. One thing is for sure, a task like this requires a lot of power. Now imagine being faced with the task of demolishing a huge wall around a well-fortified city like we see in the story of the Israelites up against Jericho. Again, it’s one that requires a lot of power. But instead of using weapons and manpower, God had a plan for the Israelites that would require them to trust His power over their own and their commitment to obeying God all the way.

Obedience: Following God's commands His way, right away, all the way.

MEMORY VERSE: “If you love me, obey my commandments." John 14:15 (NLT)

This Week’s Finish Line: Don't Obey Halfway, Obey All the Way!

After God had rescued the Israelites from slavery and they’d wandered in the desert for 40 years, God finally led them into the land He promised them. There was one big problem: people already lived there! Those people were not interested in giving their cities and land to the Israelites. Those people were wicked and hated God. Because of that, God called the Israelites to fight them and then He would give them their cities and land. The first big city the Israelites came to was Jericho. Jericho was a well-guarded city with walls all around it. Instead of charging the city with an army and weapons like they probably expected to, God told them to march around the city’s walls once a day for six days without even talking. On the seventh day, He told them to march around the walls seven times and at the right time, to blow their horns and shout as loud as they could. This plan may have sounded kind of silly to the Israelites, but God promised that if they obeyed Him all the way, the walls would come crashing down and He would give them victory over Jericho. Joshua led the Israelites to carry out God’s instructions all the way, and when they did, God kept His promise.

Family Questions:


  1. What made Jericho hard to attack? (It’s gates were tightly shut and a giant wall surrounded it.)
  2. What specific instructions did God give Joshua? What were the Israelites supposed to do? (For 6 days, all the soldiers were to march around the city 1 time while 7 priests carried 7 rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the 7th day, march 7 times. The priests would blow the trumpets and then the whole army would yell.)


  1. Compare these verses to what God said in the first 5 verses. How did the Israelites obey God’s way?

READ JOSHUA 6:15-16, 20-21, 27

  1. Look at verse 20. What happened when they followed God’s directions all the way? (The walls came down and the Israelites charged into the city and captured it!)
  2. How did God keep His promise to the Israelites? (He said that if they obeyed His instructions all the way then He would help them defeat Jericho. That’s exactly what happened!)

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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:

Teacher: Meal Time

Review the story of the Israelites and Jericho in Joshua 6. How does God show us His love by calling us to obey His way? (God knows all, including what’s best for us. He gives us His way because He loves us and wants to protect us from things that will not be good for us. It will not be easy to follow His way all the time, but He will never leave us! He’s even the one who gives us the strength to obey all the way!) Why is it sometimes tempting to take a shortcut instead of obeying all the way? When has this happened to you? What happened? What can you remember is true about God when tempted to only obey half way or go the way the world wants you to go?

Friend: Drive Time

Talk about what would happen if whoever is driving only followed the law for safe driving halfway. What would some possible consequences be? (getting pulled over and getting a ticket, a car accident, getting lost if you’re distracted by other things) Think about when you might be tempted to take a shortcut. What are some possible consequences? What is the benefit of following God’s way all the way?

Counselor: Bedtime

Thank God for loving us enough to show us His way and forgiving us when we fail to obey all the way. Ask Him to help you trust Him even when you don’t understand the way He’s leading you.

Coach: Anytime

Use sidewalk chalk to practice this month’s memory verse (John 14:15). Have each person write out one word until you have the whole verse written out. Further down your driveway or sidewalk, try to draw out the memory verse using pictures instead of words. A little further down, try writing it out in a new handwriting or with the opposite hand, just for fun!


Thank God for loving us enough to show us His way and forgiving us when we fail to obey all the way. Ask Him to help you trust Him even when you don’t understand the way He’s leading you.

Looking Ahead

Next week, we are having a We Believe weekend and learning about The Future!

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