Joshua (Projects and Activities)
Open your Bibles to Joshua 1 - 2. Teachers,
if you have maps of the trek in the wilderness,
Joshua's conquests of Canaan, and the settling
of the twelve tribes of Israel, bring them to
class. There are two maps in the Kids Korner's
Tribes of Israel and Egypt
and the Sinai. Included in Teaching the Bible
section is a map of Canaan,
Conquest, and the Judges . Ask the students
to find Mt. Nebo.
Teaching about Rahab
Koelle Snipes, author of That Ye May Teach the Children,
shares how she would teach about Rahab.
In the past, I've never put much emphasis on
teaching the story of Rahab in Sunday School.
I plan to rectify this because her role in helping
the early Hebrews conquer Canaan was clearly revered
by the biblical authors of Matthew, Hebrews, and
James. See Questions and Answers for more information on Rahab.
When I teach the story, I will follow my usual
pattern of briefly telling the children the story
in my own words. Then, we'll read parts of the
story from the Bible. Next, I'll ask the children
questions about Rahab. Finally, I'll follow up
with a Bible Study Worksheet to be completed at
home along with regular review questions.
Below are some of the questions about Rahab that
I'll be using both in class and on the worksheet.
- During the time of Joshua, Rahab protected two
Israelite spies. Where was her house located?
(Joshua 2:1, 15)
- Just before the battle of Jericho, who sent "two
men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land,
even Jericho?" (Joshua 2:1)
- Rahab and her family lived in a house on the
wall of Jericho. Why were they spared when the
city walls fell and the city was destroyed in
the time of Joshua? (Joshua 2:1-24)
- Rahab's agreement with the spies was that they
save the lives of her father, her mother, her
brothers, and her sisters. How and where did Rahab
hide the two spies? (Joshua 2:1-24)
- Rahab hid the Hebrew spies on the roof of her
house under stalks of flax. What was flax and
how was it used? (Please see a Bible dictionary.)
- How did the two spies escape from Rahab's house
in Jericho? (Joshua 2:15)
- Most scholars identify Rachab, mentioned in the
genealogy of Jesus, and Rahab as the same person.
Please tell the story of Rahab. (Joshua 2:1-24;
6:22-25; Matthew 1:5)
- Rahab is one of four Old Testament women listed
in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. Who are the other
three? (Matthew 1:1-16)
- The author of Hebrews notes that Rahab "perished
not with them that believed not" when her
city was destroyed. She gained fame by hiding
some Israelite spies from the king. Please name
Rahab's city. (Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25)
- Was Rahab Jewish when she hid the two spies?
- Why do you suppose Rahab decided to cooperate
with the Hebrew spies?
Lessons We Can Learn from Joshua
by Bible Scholar, Barry
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Joshua courageously led the children of Israel out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land, and from his bold example we can learn many lessons.
- Have you ever been scared of a big test, a game, or a bully?
- In a scary situation,
you can remember the words of Joshua, "the Lord is with
us: fear them not"
14:9; see Numbers 13-14 for the whole story).
- When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, Moses sent
one spy from each of the twelve tribes of Israel into Canaan.
- Ten of the spies reported that it was impossible to enter
the Promised Land because the people who lived there were
huge and stronger than the children of Israel.
- This report made the children of Israel complain that they
never should have left Egypt.
- Joshua and Caleb, the last two spies, told the children
of Israel not to complain or to be afraid of the strength
- Instead, they should trust God, the ultimate strength.
- Unfortunately, the children of Israel didn't believe Joshua.
- They had to spend forty years wandering in the wilderness,
turning to God every day for their food and water, until they
trusted Him enough to enter the Promised Land.
- The path is a lot quicker when we trust God right from
- By the time they were ready to cross the Jordan River and enter
the Promised Land, the children of Israel were trusting God with
- In fact, they walked right into the Jordan River, knowing
that God would part the waters. And, sure enough, God did!
- Sometimes we have to get our feet wet before the waters
- To overcome any problem that faces us, we must courageously
move forward with faith in God.
- This faith in God was symbolized by Joshua ordering the priests,
who were carrying the Ark of the Covenant (rather than the soldiers
carrying swords), to lead the children of Israel across the Jordan
River and into the Promised Land (See Joshua 3).
- In any difficult circumstance, we might ask ourselves,
what am I putting first in my life: God's strength or human
strength? Am I facing this challenge by beginning with prayer?
- When the children of Israel entered the Promised Land and came
to the walls of the ancient city of Jericho, Joshua once again
led them to turn to God for help.
- Joshua's experience shows that when we're turning to God
for help, we shouldn't be surprised when we're asked to do
something that makes no sense. God's got a great sense of
- Instead of using battering rams and bombs to conquer the
city, the children of Israel used prayer and praise.
- Prayer and praise are the greatest weapons in the world.
- The children of Israel walked around the city walls each day
and blew their trumpets in praise of God, and, sure enough, the
walls of Jericho came tumblin' down.
- Often, this story has been used by powerful countries to say
that God will help them destroy their enemies. But that interpretation
misses the whole point of this story.
- While most people who lived around the children of Israel
believed that God protected only the powerful rulers and did
not care about the powerless or poor, the children of Israel
- The children of Israel worshipped a God who cared for,
freed, and protected a rag-tag bunch of slaves "as
the apple of his eye" (Deuteronomy
- The story of Joshua and the walls of Jericho (found in Joshua
6) teaches us that God brings land to the landless, loves
everyone - even those who nobody else cares about - and overthrows
all walls of limitation, no matter how high.
- Wall of limitation crumble so that God's children will
have what they need.
- We too can celebrate this God through marching and music,
the dedicated action of our daily life and the praise in our
hearts. We will then witness walls of fear, sickness, oppression,
hatred, and limitation come tumblin' down.
- Like Joshua, we can boldly leap into the waters and
march with shouts around the walls of any challenge, because
we know that the God who parts waters and tears down walls
is the greatest and only power in the world.
- Instead of being afraid of, and thereby worshipping,
the greatness of a problem, we can worship the greatness
- With Joshua, we can let our lives declare, "the
Lord is with us: fear them not" (Numbers 14:9).
Good to Great
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In Jim Collins' best seller Good to
Great, he distinguishes between good businesses
and great businesses. Collins explains that "good"
is the enemy of the "great." We don't
have great schools because we have good schools.
Few people achieve greatness because they are
content with goodness. Collins discovered a few
principles that moved businesses and people from
good to great.
- Good to great companies don't focus on how to be great but on what not to do and
what to stop doing. Doesn't this sound
like God giving us the Ten Commandments?
- Collins found great leaders are:
- Definitely not a Julius Caesar or
- Great leaders first get the right
people on the bus and the wrong people
off the bus. Isn't that what God had
Moses do with the 12 spies? The ten
who didn't get it had to get off the
bus. They didn't get into the Promised
Land. The two who got it right, Joshua
and Caleb, got to move with God.
There are five levels to this hierarchy of service.
I'm going to use Joshua as an example for each
- Level 1 - Highly Capable Individual - makes
productive contributions through talent, knowledge,
skills, and good work habits. Joshua certainly
seems to start his career here. Highly capable.
In the movie, the Ten Commandments, he is an
integral part of the process of the Exodus.
Biblically, however, we aren't introduced to
him until Moses gives him the order to choose
out men to defeat Amalek. In Ex. 17. This is
one of my favorite stories in the Bible. You
remember that during the battle Joshua's men
are successful as long as Moses keeps his hands
in the air. You know how difficult that is.
When he put his hands down, the Amalekites would
rally and take over. Aaron and Hur solved this
problem by getting a rock and seating Moses
on the rock and standing on either side of him
holding up his arms until Joshua and the army
- Level 2 - Contributing Team member - contributes
to the achievement of group objectives and works
effectively with others in a group setting. After the battle, we learn Joshua is probably
promoted to Moses' minister (Ex. 24:12-18).
When Moses goes up mount Sinai to speak with
God (getting tablets of stone with the law written
on them as well as instructions on building
the tent of meeting), he takes Joshua. Aaron
and Hur are left to tend to the needs of the
people. Joshua presumably remained on the lower
slopes in order to prevent any person from trying
to follow Moses or interfere with Moses' mission.
The new IB contends that this is similar to
foreshadowing in literature. It is establishing
a visual image of Joshua as successor. He is
obviously not afraid to follow Moses up the
- Level 3 - Competent Manager - organizes
people and resources toward the effective and
efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives. While not specifically written in the Bible,
no doubt if Joshua is Moses' minister (lieutenant),
he is intricately involved in the building of
the tent of meeting. In verse Ex 33:11 we are
told he is serving in the tent of meeting.
- Level 4 - Effective leader - catalyzes
commitment to and vigorous pursuit of clear
and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance
standards. This is a shining moment for
Joshua. He is selected as one of the twelve
spies to "examine" the land. His ability
to see the good in the land and their ability
to conquer the land with God's help outweighs
any negativity. It is going to require trust
in God. So what else is new. Caleb knows that
with God they can do this. The people, however,
see the glass half empty and are prepared to
stone Joshua and Caleb.
- Level 5 - Executive - builds enduring greatness
through a paradoxical blend of personal humility
and professional will. The IB dictionary
states that Joshua was almost a second Moses.
- He has the presence of God as Moses did;
- He is obeyed as Moses was;
- He sanctifies Israel before God's wonders,
as Moses did;
- He is exalted before Israel as Moses was.
- The crossing of the Jordan on dry ground
corresponds to the Red Sea crossing.
- When the angel speaks to Joshua before
Jericho, he speaks to him the same way God spoke to Moses at the burning bush.
- Joshua like Moses, wrote the law on stones.
- God hearkens to Joshua's voice as he had
- When Joshua brings the tribes to Shechem
for the covenant ceremony, he summarizes
Israel's history similar to Moses' summary
- Both distribute land;
- Both speak as prophets;
- Both have God's promise that God will
be with them.
- We have seen how Joshua has advanced through
the five steps of leadership. Collins contends
humility is essential to be a great leader.
Humility, as we see it in the Bible, is an act
of surrendering human will and ego and blending
it with the ability to listen and obey God.
- Collins further defines greatness as a matter
of conscious choice. Let's define "conscious
choice" as a desire to let the divine will
govern all our actions.
- Joshua showed all the elements of greatness
- humility and the ability to make conscious
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