April 14

The Provision of Peace
(Taking the Land)

Joshua 10-11; 24

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Five kings attacked the Gibeonites because Gibeon was a friend of Israel.

  • Joshua and the Israelite army went to help Gibeon.

  • God made the sun stand still so Israel could win the battle.

  • God gave Israel peace and rest.

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Christ Connection:
Joshua’s name means “The Lord is Salvation.” God fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. God saved sinners by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. Jesus gives us victory over sin and death.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Story Point:
God made the sun stand still.

Big Ideas:

  • God made the sun stand still.

  • God helped His people take the promised land.

  • God always keeps His promises.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How did God show His power to Israel, Gibeon, and the five kings?

  • How does Jesus give believers victory over sin and death?

Family Activities:

  • Read Joshua 10:12-15. Pray audacious prayers together. Ask God to do what only He can do.

  • Look online for instructions and create a sundial. Place the sundial outside on a sunny day. Observe they way the shadows move throughout the day. Talk about what the shadows would do if the sun stood still.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Five kings joined forces to fight against Israel.

  • The Israelites trusted God and were winning, but they needed more time to finish the fight.

  • God made the sun stand still and gave His people victory.

  • God kept His promise to give His people the land.

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Story Point:
God made the sun stand still and gave His people victory.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Christ Connection:
Joshua’s name means “The Lord is Salvation.” God fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. Sinners can look to God for victory over sin and death. God brought us salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • How did Jesus give us victory?

  • What did Jesus give us victory over?

  • How do you feel when you think about the victory God gives through Jesus?

Family Activity:

Take your family on an outing to a place where you can see a good view of the sunset (or sunrise). Talk to your kids about how God controls all things in the universe. Discuss the comfort that comes from knowing we can trust God.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Deuteronomy 31:8

Story Point:
God made the sun stand still and gave His people victory.

Big Picture Question:
How can we glorify God? We can glorify God by loving Him and obeying Him.

Christ Connection:
Joshua’s name means “The Lord is Salvation.” God fought for Joshua and the Israelites, saving them and giving them victory over their enemies. Sinners can look to God for victory over sin and death. God brought us salvation by sending His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross and rise again.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Has God miraculously worked in the lives of your family members? Praise and thank Him!

  • What do you do when you don’t get along with someone else?

  • Share prayer requests and pray, trusting God will hear and answer your prayers.