March 3

The Rebellion of God’s People
(Joshua and Caleb)

Numbers 13-14

Preschool

Bible Story Summary:

  • Moses sent 12 men to look at the land God promised His people.

  • Joshua and Caleb trusted God.

  • The rest of the Israelites did not trust God to give them the land.

  • God said the people would wander in the wilderness.

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5

Christ Connection:
The Israelites turned away from God because they did not trust Him. Jesus always trusted God. He took the punishment we deserve for turning away from God. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us life with Him forever.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to go against God and His commandments.

Story Point:
Joshua and Caleb trusted God.

Big Ideas:

  • Twelve men went to look at the promised land.

  • Joshua and Caleb trusted God to give His people the land.

  • God forgives us when we trust in Jesus.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why were the Israelites afraid to take the land?

  • Why should knowing God planned to give them the land have made a difference?

  • What can we trust God to do?

  • How is Jesus different than the Israelites and us?

Family Activity:

Assign each family member a task to make a fruit salad. Invite neighbors over to share the salad. Talk about the fruit-filled land God promised His people.


Younger Kids

Bible Story Summary:

  • Moses sent 12 spies into the promised land to find out if it was good.

  • Joshua and Caleb trusted God to give His people the promised land.

  • Ten of the spies thought that the people in the land were too powerful to defeat.

  • God was angry that His people did not trust Him and made the people wander the wilderness for 40 years.

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Story Point:
Joshua and Caleb trusted God to give His people the promised land.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Christ Connection:
The Israelites rebelled against God because they did not trust Him. Jesus trusted God perfectly. He took the punishment we deserve for our sin, or rebellion against God. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Why is it sin to distrust God?

  • Who got to enter the promised land after the 40 years of wandering? Why?

  • How can we trust God today?

Family Activity:

Buy fresh grapes and work with your kids to make jelly or jam. For a simplified process, search online for freezer jam recipes and supplies.


Older Kids

Key Passage:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Story Point:
Joshua and Caleb trusted God to give His people the promised land.

Big Picture Question:
What does it mean to sin? To sin is to think, speak, or behave in any way that goes against God and His commands.

Christ Connection:
The Israelites rebelled against God because they did not trust Him. Jesus trusted God perfectly. He took the punishment we deserve for our sin, or rebellion against God. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life.

Family Discussion Starters:

  • Do you think it was easy or hard for Joshua and Caleb to take a stand for God? Why?

  • What do you have a hard time trusting God with?

  • Talk about other times when God has kept His promises.