Joshua Leads the People
The Israelites have wandered in the desert for a long time. Moses died. Now Joshua is the leader and the only thing that stands between the Israelites and the Promised Land is the swollen Jordan River. As a note for parents, this Scripture passage refers to the wars that the Israelites were about to wage on the people (Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites) who inhabit the land. This can be a challenging topic for adults and kids. You may find it helpful to read about the problem of violence in the Old Testament by Adam Hamilton.
Start by reading the Bible Story or watching the video and going through the wondering questions. Then pick the activities your family would like to do, as many or few as you like. Close your family faith time with prayer – use your own or the one provided.
- Read the story of Joshua and the Israelites crossing the Jordan River in your favorite Bible Story Book, in the Deep Blue Bible Storybook, or in Joshua 3:1-4:24. Wonder about the story together:
- I wonder what you would be thinking about if your family stopped on the edge of a raging river and wondering how you were going to cross.
- I wonder how it would have felt to walk across a dry river bed with a wall of water in the distant view.
- I wonder how big the stones were.
- I wonder what you would say to someone who saw the monument and asked what it was about.
- Dear God, thank you for guiding the Israelites across the Jordan River and for keeping them safe as they entered the Promised Land. Help us to have faith and courage like Joshua. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Activity about Remembering
The Israelites created a monument as a way to remember a significant event in their life and journey. What are symbols in your home that help you remember important events in your life?