Our series Super Kids wrapped up this week, all kids want to be Super Kids, and they can when they realize that God is always with them. Because God is with them, they can be brave. Because God is with them, they can be strong. Because God is with them, they can be courageous. Because God is with them, they can be wise.
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who is always with you?
Bottom Line: God is always with me.
Basic Truth: God loves me.
Bible Story Focus: When God is with me, I can be wise.
Battle of Jericho • Joshua 6:1-20
Now the gates of Jericho were tightly shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one was allowed to go out or in. 2 But the Lord said to Joshua, “I have given you Jericho, its king, and all its strong warriors. 3 You and your fighting men should march around the town once a day for six days. 4 Seven priests will walk ahead of the Ark, each carrying a ram’s horn. On the seventh day, you are to march around the town seven times, with the priests blowing the horns. 5 When you hear the priests give one long blast on the rams’ horns, have all the people shout as loud as they can. Then the walls of the town will collapse, and the people can charge straight into the town.” 6 So Joshua called together the priests and said, “Take up the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant, and assign seven priests to walk in front of it, each carrying a ram’s horn.” 7 Then he gave orders to the people: “March around the town and the armed men will lead the way in front of the Ark of the Lord.” 8 After Joshua spoke to the people, the seven priests with the Rams’ horns started marching in the presence of the Lord, blowing the horns as they marched. And the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant followed behind them. 9 Some of the armed men marched in front of the priests with the horns and some behind the Ark, with the priests continually blowing the horns. 10 “Do not shout; do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” 11 So the Ark of the Lord was carried around the town once that day, and then everyone returned to spend the night in the camp. 12 Joshua got up early the next morning, and the priests again carried the Ark of the Lord. 13 The seven priests with the Rams’ horns marched in front of the Ark of the Lord, blowing their horns. Again the armed men marched both in front of the priests with the horns and behind the Ark of the Lord. All this time the priests were blowing their horns. 14 On the second day, they again marched around the town once and returned to the camp. They followed this pattern for six days.15 On the seventh day, the Israelites got up at dawn and marched around the town as they had done before. But this time they went around the town seven times.16 The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the town!17 Jericho and everything in it must be completely destroyed as an offering to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and the others in her house will be spared, for she protected our spies.18 “Do not take any of the things set apart for destruction, or you yourselves will be completely destroyed, and you will bring trouble on the camp of Israel.19 Everything made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron is sacred to the Lord and must be brought into his treasury.20 When the people heard the sound of the rams’ horns, they shouted as loud as they could. Suddenly, the walls of Jericho collapsed, and the Israelites charged straight into the town and captured it.
Joshua could have attacked the town a thousand different ways, but he chose God’s way and it paid off in the end. The plan was absolutely against every military doctrine of the time, some even questioned Joshua. However, Joshua remained unshakable to change what God had told him. Sure enough, the plan worked perfectly and the city was handed over to the Israelites. Joshua proved the bottom line that When God is with me, I can be wise!
Feel free to use this guide to revisit this lesson throughout your week: Week 4 Parent Guide
This Week we conclude our series Lunchroom Friendship where we talk about friendship – Friendship is a reflection of the character of God.
Key Question: How can you be a friend this week? At some point in a person’s life, he or she is going to need someone they can trust to help them through it. Kids know what’s happening in their friends’ lives. However, they don’t always know how to help. Through the discussion this week, we hope to help kids come up with simple ideas they can put into practice to encourage those friends no matter what they’re going through.
We close out the month with something Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, So encourage each other with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that is what you are doing, (NIrV). When Job experienced trial after trial, his friends decided to help. They didn’t bring meals or tell jokes. Rather, they came alongside and grieved with Job. Now, we find out they didn’t always get it right, but for that first week, they let Job know that they were there for him.
Bottom Line: Friends encourage one another. Kids might not always know what to say or do when it comes to helping cheer up their friends. We pray they discover that they can encourage each other even if it simply means being a shoulder to lean on.
You can help your child remember this all through the week with these take-home materials: God Times Week 4