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Joshua - EXTREME Hero
Lesson #7 - The Walls Tumble Down
Hello Parents! Read along and follow the directions to teach todays lesson to your kids!
Start things off with a fun praise song with your kids! Kids like silly so really get into it :)
Walls of Jericho
Supplies needed - Boxes from around the house
Using the boxes, have your kids construct the "Walls of Jericho." Then have them march around them, make a trumpet sound, YELL, then knock all the boxes down! Play again & again!
Watch the video and practice the Power Verse with your kids.
Say: It's important to obey God's commands, even if they don't make sense! Joshua did what God told him to do even though others questioned his instructions.
ask: Has God ever asked you to do something?
Say: Our Power Verse says, "You must love the Lord your God and always obey His... commands." - Deut. 11:1. Following God's instructions can sometimes be hard but if we do what He commands, God will do wonderful things in our lives just like He did for Joshua. We are going to talk more about that in the lesson today. First, let’s check in with our Extreme Sports Specialist, Ban Daid...
The Walls Tumble Down
Say: Wow! Ban sure faced a pretty harsh consequence when he didn’t obey the instructions he received, huh? The same thing happens when we don’t obey God’s instructions. Things never go well when we live in disobedience. However, when you obey, amazing things happen!
ASK: Have you ever disobeyed; your parents? your teacher? God?
Say: You are going to learn about how Joshua and the Israelites obeyed God and experienced an amazing miracle in your lesson today! But right now, we need to find out “Whatchagaddaknow..."
The "WHATCHAGADDAKNOW" point is the main point of the lesson. Watch the video and practice it with your kids.
Say: In today’s Bible Story, we pick up where we left Joshua and the Israelites in our last lesson. Joshua received instructions from God about how to destroy the great city of Jericho. Jericho was a city that was protected by a massive wall that surrounded it, and God wanted Joshua and the army of Israel to destroy it.
God gave Joshua some pretty wild instructions! God told him, “March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.”
Joshua trusted God, and he passed on the instructions to the army of Israel. Joshua commanded the priests to take the Ark of the Covenant in front, and the army marched with them—not saying a word.
Say: They circled the city once per day for six straight days. Can you imagine what the people in Jericho must have been thinking? They had to be expecting a full blown attack. Instead, they got a bunch of people marching around the walls once a day and then going back home.
On the seventh day, the army began to march around the city, just as they had done for the past six days. All the while, they didn’t say a single word—not even a peep. They marched and marched and marched until they had circled the city seven full times.
Say: Then, when they had marched around the seventh time, the priests blew a long blast on their trumpets, and Joshua commanded the entire Israelite army, “SHOUT! For the Lord has given you the city!”
As they shouted, the walls of the city began to shake, and they crumbled to the ground!
Say: The Israelites charged into the city and conquered their enemies. God helped them win the victory that day! They were able to knock down the entire wall of Jericho without ever having to touch it!
The Israelites obeyed God and experienced a great miracle. In your lesson today, you are going to learn all about the importance of obeying God - no matter what! When you obey, miracles can happen!
Say: We learned in last weeks lesson that even when God’s instructions sound “crazy” to us, we have to trust Him. Joshua did, and so did the Israelites. Not only did they TRUST God, but they showed just how much they trusted God by OBEYING what He told them to do. Looking at this story, we can learn some very valuable lessons:
Say: The first lesson we can learn is "If I trust God, I will Obey Him." The Israelites could have said, “Lord, we trust You.” But, if they never actually did what God commanded, that would have proven that they really didn’t trust Him. Boys and girls, we must also show how much we trust God by obeying what He commands us to do. If we don’t obey, it shows that we really don’t trust Him after all.
Say: Can you imagine how hard it was for the army to march around the entire city every single day and never say a word? You and I probably couldn’t go five minutes without talking. They had to do something that seemed impossible. But they trusted God AND obeyed His instructions. It was difficult, but they obeyed anyway.
You and I must also obey God even when His instructions may seem difficult. Loving our enemies may seem difficult, but God instructed us to do it. We must obey. Giving the tithe, 10% of all of our money, to God may seem difficult, but God instructed us to do it. We must obey. No matter what it is OR how difficult it may seem—if God instructs it, we must obey it!
The final lesson we learn from this is...
Say: We don’t have to worry! We can trust God. All He is looking for is for us to obey Him, and He will take care of the rest. He has NEVER failed us before, and He will not fail us now. We can trust AND obey Him. If we obey, He will come through! We can experience the EXTREME victory, just as Joshua and the Israelites did at Jericho
Ask your kids if they are struggling to obey God in an area of their life. Pray that they will be able to demonstrate their trust in God by obeying Him in every area of their lives.
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