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Joshua (Discussion Questions)


Spying out the Promised Land
Read Numbers 13 and 14

Print/ Download Questions -- Spying out the Promised Land

  • How many spies were sent to spy out the land? (12)
  • Where did they come from? (There was one from each of the twelve tribes.)
  • What is another name for Oshea? (Joshua)
  • What kind of food did they find? (grapes, milk, and honey)
  • What did the spies discover? (men as giants that made them look like grasshoppers)
  • How many days were they gathering information? (40 days)
  • What did Caleb and Joshua report? (Num. 14:6-9)
  • What did the people want to do to Caleb and Joshua? (Stone them)
  • How is that similar to how people respond to the news stories today?
  • How did God respond to this report? (Num. 14:11-12)
  • What was their penalty for not going into the promised land? (Num. 14:34,35)
  • Why do Caleb and Joshua get to go into the promised land? (They trusted God. Those who didn't trust God never were allowed into the promised land.)
  • What was the penalty for those who didn't trust God? (They had to wander 40 years in the wilderness and they never saw the promised land.)
  • Was that a fair penalty for refusing God’s gift?
  • Do we ever refuse God’s gifts?
  • What are some of God’s gifts?
  • Who do you trust?
  • What happened when the ten spies let fear govern their perception?
  • How do we keep fear from interfering with God’s plan for us?
  • What does God require of each of us?
  • What happened to Moses? (Deut.34:5)

Joshua Leads the People
Read Joshua 1-2

Print/ Download Questions -- Joshua Leads the People

  • Who is now in charge of the Children of Israel? (Joshua 1:1-3)
  • Riddle: Which Bible character didn't have any parents? (Joshua 1:1 Joshua, the son of Nun [sounds like none].)
  • What words of comfort did God give Joshua? (Josh.1:2-18)
  • What city does Joshua send spies to?(Josh. 2:1)
  • How many spies did Joshua send? (Josh. 2:1)
  • Who protected the spies? (Josh. 2:3-8)
  • Why did Joshua use spies?
  • What do spies do?
  • Do we use spies today?
  • For what purpose?
  • If God asked you to be a spy for Him, would you do it?
  • What kinds of things would you spy for God? (People doing good!)
  • Can we catch people -- our friends, siblings, parents, teachers -- doing good?
  • Talk a little about Rahab. What qualities do we see in Rahab? What did the spies promise Rahab?

Entering the Promised Land and The Walls of Jericho Fall
Read Joshua 3-6

Print/ Download Questions -- Entering the Promised Land and The Walls of                                                             Jericho Fall

Take out the maps and ask the children to:

  • Find the Jordan River on the map.
  • Why is the Ark of the Covenant so important?
  • What happened to this river when the priests, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, put their feet in the water? (Josh 3: 13-17)
  • What does this event remind you of? (parting of the Red Sea)
  • Why do you think God did this?· Do you think it is possible to part the water?

Point of information: In 1927, some earth tremors caused a shift in the dirt, which blocked the Jordan River in just about the same place where Joshua and the Children of Israel crossed. It was stopped up for over 20 hours. Taken from The Awesome Book of Bible Facts by Sandy Silverthorne.

  • What have the children of Israel been eating for 40 years? (manna and quail)
  • What is your favorite meal?
  • Do you think you could eat that meal everyday for 1 year? 40 years?
  • What will the Children of Israel get to eat now? (Josh. 5:12)

Read Joshua 5:13-15

  • What happens to Joshua that is very similar to Moses' experience? (Josh. 5:13-15)
  • What else did Joshua experience like Moses? [see Bible Characters ]
  • Why do you think this happened to Joshua?
  • Now that Joshua and the Israelites are across the Jordan River, what happens next?

Read Joshua 6

  • What kind of a city was Jericho?
  • Could they walk right in and take over the city?
  • Why not?
  • What instructions did God give Joshua and his people? (Josh 6:3-5)
  • Why do you think they were told to just walk around the city?
  • What weapons were they going to use?
  • What was God teaching them?
  • What were they to do with the things they found in the city? (Josh. 6:18-19)
  • What happened on the seventh day? (Josh.6:20)
  • What lessons did God want the Children of Israel to learn about conquering Jericho?
  • How realistic do you think those instructions were?
  • Would you have believed the wall would fall down just from walking around it and shouting?
  • Who was saved from destruction? (Josh. 6:17, 23-25)
  • Did the spies keep their word to Rahab?
  • Why is it important to keep your promises?
  • What lessons did God want the Children of Israel to learn about conquering Jericho?
  • Archaeologists believe they have found Jericho and that the walls of the city fell outward in a circle. What does that tell us about the validity of this story?

Read Joshua 7

Print/ Download Questions -- Achan

  • What did Achan do wrong? (Josh 7:1) [They weren't supposed to take anything in the destruction of Jericho. Achan took something. He was disobedient. ]
  • What did Achan take? (Josh. 7:21)
  • Joshua sent spies to Ai. What did they report this time? (Josh. 7:3-4)
  • Do you think they were overconfident?
  • How many men did Joshua send into battle? (Josh.7:4)
  • What happened? (Josh.7:5)
  • Why do you think the Children of Israel lost this battle?
  • Did Achan's disobedience have anything to do with their loss?
  • What are God's instructions to Joshua?(Josh. 7: 8-15)
  • Why do you think God made Joshua do this in front of all the people?· What did they do to Achan? (Josh. 7:22-26)
  • Was that too harsh a penalty?· What is the lesson to be learned from this experience?·
  • Are they allowed to keep the spoils of war this time? (Josh 8:2)
  • How many men does Joshua take the second time he battles Ai? (Josh 8:3)
  • What kind of an ambush did Joshua prepare for the armies of Ai? (Josh 8:5-22)
  • What happens when the Israelites do battle with Ai this time? (Josh 8:23-25)

The Gibeonites
Read Joshua 9-10

Print/ Download Questions -- The Gibeonites

  • What did the men of Gibeon do to the Israelites? (Josh. 9:1-15)
  • How did they dress?
  • What lies did they tell?
  • What kind of people disguise their true nature?
  • What did Joshua find out about the men of Gibeon after he made a pact with them? (Josh. 9:16)
  • What didn't Joshua do before he made a contract with the men of Gibeon?
  • Why is it important to pray before we make big decisions?
  • Were the men of Gibeon justified by being dishonest?
  • What would you have done instead?
  • In chapter 10 of Joshua we have an incredible act from God. What does Joshua ask God to do? (Josh. 10:12)

Lessons from Joshua
Read Joshua 24

Print/ Download Questions -- Lessons from Joshua

  • What do you learn about God from Joshua's experience?
  • What are Joshua's final words to the people? (Josh.24:14)
  • What does Joshua ask the people to do? (Choose you this day whom ye will serve - Josh. 24:15)
  • How do they respond?
  • What lessons should the Children of Israel have learned by now?
  • Why do you think they kept making the same mistakes?
  • Review the commandments. Which ones did this group break when they went into the Promised Land?
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