YEAH! Church - Sunday, August 15, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – When it was time for Moses to finish leading the Israelites, God had his replacement ready. Joshua had worked for many years as Moses’ assistant—he knew it wasn’t an easy job and he knew he needed God’s help every step of the way!
Today’s Lesson - “Joshua – Filling Big Shoes”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqOqJlFF_eU (The Bible Project – Joshua – for adults and older children)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUKWt46vubo (God’s Story – Joshua becomes leader)
Today’s Hero – Joshua (Exodus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua)
Joshua worked as Moses’ assistant for forty years—during the time that the Israelites wandered in the desert. But Joshua was also a great leader himself because he had learned that it was always best to trust God.
• Numbers 13-14 – Joshua is one of the spies who travelled through the land of Canaan for forty days. He came back encouraging the people about how good the land was; he was full of faith that God would help them conquer it, despite the presence of ‘giants.’
• Deuteronomy 31 – Moses appoints Joshua as his successor.
• Joshua 3 – Joshua leads the people across the Jordan River when God dries it up for the people to cross to the other side.
• Joshua 5:13-15 – Joshua meets the Commander of the Lord’s Armies, who tells him to be strong and courageous.
• Joshua 6 – Joshua lead the army to march around Jericho for a week, just as he was told to do, and God caused the walls to fall down.
• Joshua 9 – The Gibeonites deceive Joshua by pretending they are from a long distance away so that Joshua will agree to make a peace pact with them.
• Joshua 10:12-14 – God has the sun stand still at Joshua’s request, to give his army more time to defeat the enemy kings that are attacking them.
After leading the people into Canaan, it was up to Joshua to divide up the land; even though there were still lots of other people living there, God promised to help the people claim it for their own. The last two chapters of the book of Joshua record Joshua’s final encouragement to the people. He wanted them to remember their history—how God had continually worked on their behalf—and that they should follow all the laws Moses had written in the Book of Instruction. Joshua then died at the age of 110 years old.
Leading the people of Israel was a big job. How did God prepare Joshua so that he would be able to replace Moses as leader?
• When Moses had sent twelve spies out to spy the land of Canaan, Joshua and Caleb brought back an encouraging report. How did God reward them?
• When Joshua was fighting the enemy one day, he really wanted more time to finish the job. What did he ask God to do, that God did?
• At the end of Joshua’s life, he made one final speech to the people. What did he encourage them to do?
Joshua 1:6, NLT - “Joshua, be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you for Joshua’s faithfulness. Thank you that when Moses died, you had someone fully prepared to take his place. Please help me to be faithful and trusting of you, just like Joshua.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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