“You have to be kidding! God could not really want us to do that!” That is at least what I would have said as an Israelite listening to Joshua talk about God’s plan for defeating Jericho. It sure did sound crazy, but the truth is God always keeps His promises and He wants us to listen and obey. Often following God’s ways do seem crazy by the world’s standards – love those who persecute you, give sacrificially, consider others as more important than yourself, and on and on. Yet, as we learn from Joshua and Jericho, He is always with us and we can trust Him. Utilize the activities below to build these truths into your kids’ hearts (and your own) this week at home.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
Last week we learned about Moses sending twelve spies to search out the Promised Land. Joshua and Caleb were the only spies who were not afraid and trusted that God would bring them into the Promised Land. Because Joshua was faithful, God put him in charge of the Israelites after Moses died. Joshua was told by God to go to the city of Jericho, and the Lord told Joshua that He had delivered Jericho into his hands. He told Joshua to march around the city once with all the armed men for six days, with the priests carrying trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the Ark of the Covenant. On the 7th day, they were to march around the city 7 times with the priests blowing the trumpets. When they heard a long blast from the trumpets, all the people were to give a loud shout. Then God said that the wall of the city would come down and the people could go up into the city. Joshua obeyed the Lord and led his people. At the appointed time, they obeyed. On the 7th day Joshua and his people followed the Lord’s command and the walls came down. (Joshua 6)
- God always keeps His promises.
- God is always with us.
- God wants us to listen and obey.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that Remind us How God is All Powerful
1. Jericho Walk
Jericho walk… Take your child outside for a walk around your house (or another big building) and discuss the story of Joshua and how the people of Israel obeyed God by walking around the walls of Jericho every day for seven days. When you finish recounting the story, stop walking and have your child look at your house/the building with you. Help your child really think about this story by asking questions like:
- Does it seem like something big like this house would fall down just by us walking around it?
- What do you think made the walls of Jericho come down?
- When Joshua first told the Israelites what God wanted them to do, what do you think they thought? (did it sound like a good idea, sound silly, strange, etc.)
- Does God want us to obey only when it makes sense to us or does He want us to obey Him no matter what?
- Do Mommy or Daddy ever ask you to do things that sometimes don’t make sense to you, or that maybe you don’t really want to do? Does God still want you to obey in those times?
2. Driveway Jericho
Using a paper towel roll as a trumpet, head outside to reenact the story. On the concrete of the driveway draw a large circle. On the inside of the circle help your child draw buildings and houses for the town of Jericho. Have your child walk around the circle seven times while blowing into his horn and making noises. Then, have him fall down just as the walls of Jericho came tumbling down.
3. Walls Come Down
Grab a paper bag and write, “The walls of Jericho came down.” across the bottom of the bag. Open the bag and set it with the open end on the table, so the sack stands up. Have your child pretend to have the walls come down by crushing the bag with their fist.
God, help us to trust and follow You even when it does not make sense to us. You are a God who always keeps Your promises. Thank you for always being with us. Amen.
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