Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”.  Proverbs 3: 5-6

Josh and the Gibeonites*

What a great victory at Jericho…but  Joshua did not enquire of the LORD regarding Ai…He sent some spies who  hurried back with the news that it would be an easy victory.  If he had been praying about this decision , I’m sure the LORD would have showed Joshua that there was “sin in the camp”.  Thirty-six men died in the first battle with Ai, but after the sin was delt with, God gave the city into their   hands.   Now we find  in Joshua , chapter 9, that the rest of the promised land occupied by the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites  and Jebusites  have gathered together to fight with Joshua and Israel.  But the Gibeonites, part of the Hivite clan,  took it upon themselves to trick Israel into making a treaty with them.  They believed the reports of Israel’s God and figured that they could not win against His people.  They dressed up in old clothes and shoes, packed old sacks and cracked dry wineskins on their donkeys, and  a bunch of dry,moldy bread to make it look like they had travelled a great distance instead of a nearby territory.    They came to Joshua in Gilgal and asked  for a peace-treaty and a place of service with Israel.  Joshua questioned them, and his men examined their old, moldy bread BUT they did not ask counsel of the LORD.  Joshua and his princes swore an oath to the LORD to let them live and after finding out three days later that the Gibeonites lived close by, they kept their oath but made the Gibeonites serve them by doing menial labor for the house of God.  (The descendents of these “tricksters” became the Nethinims who are listed by name in the book of Nehemiah as being part of the first deportation from Babylon .)   Now that the Gibeonites are under Israel’s protection, they appeal to Joshua to come and save them from the rest of the tribes that are Israel’s enemies that have gathered to fight them.  Read chapter 10 for one of the most exciting battles in the Bible.

To complete the worksheet, the kids  will circle the pictures that show what contributed to Joshua being tricked.  There are six correct pictures to circle.

Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

Joshua tricked by the Gibeonites

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Joshua tricked – no text

Table of Contents for Old and New Testaments are available on the  June 19, 2013 post and April 2, 2013 post.

“Consider your Ways!”

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The phrase  “consider your ways” literally means “put your heart on your roads”, or in other words, consider what direction your life is taking. A good message for all of the LORD’S people today but specifically it was sent to His much beloved remnant…a small group of less than 50,000 Jews  that had pulled up stakes in Babylon ( 537 B.C.)  to return to Jerusalem .  Worship had been joyfully restored , and the foundation of the temple was laid but  this noble purpose was frustrated  after two years, and extinguished by crushing opposition. After lagging fourteen years, Haggai was sent to admonish the children of  Judah and Benjamin for prioritizing their own security and comfortable  “paneled” homes, but neglecting the ruined temple. (Some speculate that the cedar logs from Lebanon mentioned in Ezra 3:7, probably ended up in their private residences….now new wood was to be procured from the mountains) The people were to take stock of their lives and quit making excuses as to why they could not fully obey the LORD…hadn’t they noticed that their crops, livestock and labors were not being blessed ? This was going to take an acknowledgement of the LORD’S dealing with them so they could repent.  Good news!   All of the remnant obeyed the LORD “…and feared His presence.” (“…love the LORD with all your heart, with all your soul…”) and they were willing to be strong and work hard (“…love the LORD with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5) I hope we are all paying attention here… Could we be experiencing “blight” from the LORD…or perhaps we are putting our wages in bags with holes?  Let us “consider our ways” so we can repent and turn to Him with our first love.  Then the LORD will take pleasure in His church, and He will be glorified as He was in the days of Haggai.

Haggai – worksheet

Color page, cutting strip on the end.  (the sample above was printed on ivory parchment  cardstock)  Glue correct scene in the window.  Go over the meaning of the word “remnant”.  Have the kids practice saying Zerubbabel. Optional: Have them write in the verse from 1 Samuel 12:24 in the space below the window.

You may notice a difference in style with the earlier posts.  I wish I could start over and annotate all of the texts on the worksheets and samples but I just learned how to do this (and have still not worked out all of the bugs)!  I had no idea this blog would have a “world-wide” following and I did not accommodate  for the language barrier.  I am trying to take this into account for all future posts.  Hopefully you have some good ideas and can “rewrite” them to suit your needs. Yay white-out!

Battle of Jericho

Battle of Jericho

Joshua chapters 2, 5 & 6 is where you will take this lesson from. You will need a skein of red embroidery thread to tape  or glue under Rahab’s window.  She hid the two spies that Joshua sent into Jericho and they escaped via a scarlet cord which she let down to enable them  to evade capture. Safety was promised to Rahab and all her father’s house if they remained in the room while the scarlet cord was tied to the window during the battle…a picture of the blood-bought redemption that saves us  from the penalty of our sin. (Color and cut out “heads”… glue soldiers as shown above.You will need to make a slit to place Rahab in the window then tape in place.  Have kids write verse from Joshua and if you have stickers you can spell out “BATTLE OF JERICHO”…otherwise write out!)

Battle of Jericho – worksheet

A Bad Report

The people have been busy working on the tabernacle for the past year…one thing they did get right. ” According to all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites had done all the work.  And Moses inspected all the work, and behold, they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, so had they done it. (anytime something is repeated in the Bible, especially three time, it is a BIG deal) And Moses blessed them.”Exodus 39: 42-43.  Now they are on the edge of the promised land. According to Deuteronomy : 1;20-22, Moses told the men to not be afraid, and  ” go up and posses the land that  God gives us.”  Instead, they  are afraid and send in 12 men to spy out the territory.  It was the “bad” report of 10 of these spies that caused the whole congregation to grumble and deplore their situation even wishing they had died in the wilderness!(Numbers 14:2)  Only Joshua and Caleb had the faith and courage to stand up to the mob, who was getting ready to stone them.  BUT the glory of the Lord  intervened and was about to smite the rebels with a pestilence except Moses begged their pardon.  The 10 spies who brought the bad report did die of a plague before the Lord and the rest of the people were disciplined by having to wander in the wilderness for 40 years.   Everyone twenty years and older died in those 40 years…all those  who murmured  against the Lord.(“Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.” Proverbs 6:2)    Joshua and Caleb were the only obedient followers of Jehovah, and were blessed to go into the promised land with their descendants.

You should pre-cut the grapes out of purple construction paper for your clusters, 22 per participant.a BAD REPORT