Crossing the Jordan
Vocabulary: memorial - something to remind us of a person or event
Lesson Joshua 3-4
"Before Joshua could lead the armies against the wicked people, though, he had another problem. Looking on the map of the land of Moab will help you see what the problem was - - how would he ever get all the people of Israel across the Jordan River?..." Read the Full Lesson Text
Sing: Count your blessings
Puzzle: Tribes of Israel
Discussion Point: Contentment is a great virtue in the sight of God, and it is simple to cultivate. We simply need to remind ourselves of all the great blessings God has given us. Gratefulness and thanksgiving will bring contentment and joy. The Israelites used to write songs of God's blessings to remind themselves of what He had done for them. They also built memorials to spark their children to ask them why it was there. How can we remind ourselves of God's blessings? Quickly jot a list of God's blessings in your life. What holiday has America set aside to remember blessings? Thanksgiving. Try practicing Thanksgiving more often in your life.
Joshua 4:6-7 "That this may be a sign among you, when your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?' Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial for ever."Craft: Use modeling clay or real rocks to build a 12 stone memorial. Depict the river with blue clay or tissue paper.
True or False
1. The waters parted when Joshua stepped into the river. F
2. The priests set the ark down in the middle of the river. F
3. All of Israel crossed over the Jordan. F (the women and children of the tribes of Gad and Manasseh stayed in their new homes)
4. God instructed them to build a memorial. T
5. Each tribe carved a stone to put in the memorial. F (the stones were uncut)
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