Crossing the Jordan

To Remember: We must remember God's goodness to us
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

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.

Memory Work:
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."

Joshua 1:9 “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
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)
Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. What is a memorial? an object to remind others of an event
  2. Spell Jordan.
  3. Name the tribes of Israel.
  activity questions
  1. Act out the priests parting the Jordan.
  2. Build a small memorial with twelve stones.
  3. Draw the river dried up.
  emotion questions
  1. How would you feel if you saw a river dry up beneath your feet? amazed
  2. How does God feel when we forget the good things He does for us? disappointed, sad
  3. How do we feel when we remember the great things God has done for us? thankful, content
application questions
  1. How can we remember the things God has done for us? read the Bible, observe the memorials he has asked us to (communion)
  2. How do we become content and happy people? by practising thankfulness, remembering God's blessings
  3. How can we help future generations to remember God's blessings? teach them about what he has done, practice thankfulness ourselves
fact questions
  1. What did the stones in the memorial represent? the tribes of Israel.
  2. Where did they build the memorial? Where they crossed
  3. What triggered the water to part? When the feet of the priests carrying the ark touched the water
review questions
  1. What was the purpose of the memorial?
  2. Who was the memorial built for? the children and grandchildren of the Israelites
  3. Why did God want them to remember? because people tend to forget the great things God has done for them