Joshua’s Reading of the Law

Imagine that you are with the Israelites on Mount Ebal. Joshua has built an altar of very special stones. On the stones he has written the Law of God. The priests have offered sacrifices. Now everyone is ready for long sessions of listening to the reading of the Law.

Read Joshua 8:30-35. There was not word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to all the assembly… Did you notice that the children were also there?

For today’s story I imagined Elizabeth, as I would have been as a child. So she wouldn’t get bored while listening to the reading of the Law, she drew pictures in the sand.

There are different learning styles. Surely you have noticed that some kids cannot be still without doing something with their hands. That’s my style. I learn better when I’m doodling, most of the time palm trees. I wonder how many palm trees I’ve drawn in my lifetime? The reason I draw palm trees is because they remind me of the vision in which Jesus called me to minister to children. I have written my testimony in Spanish, now I realize I need to do it also in English. It will come!

Here is a short version:  A Vision Come True

See all my testimony stories here:

So, there were all the people listening to the reading of the Law. Later, when they wanted to read the Law, they had to climb to Mount Ebal and read what was written on the stones.

God had given Joshua commands regarding the Law, so that he would prosper, and everything would go well for him. There are three things I have emphasized for the children, things that are very important for everyone.

  • Think about the Book of the Law
  • Talk about the Book of the Law
  • Obey the Book of the Law

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

What children and adults could not do at that time, is something we sometimes take for granted. We have the Bible and we can read it whenever we want! But even today there are those who don’t have access to it, because it has not been translated into their language or because they live someplace where the Word of God is forbidden. In some places they must copy the Bible by hand to be able to have it.

The Bible, the Word of God, is a great treasure. Let’s take advantage of today’s story to focus on the great privilege of having the Bible.

Welcome to read Story #6 in The Promised Land: An Altar on a Mountain

I’m sorry I had to make such a long pause in finishing these stories. Now we have two more to go. The next one will be about Caleb, and then a story of Joshua’s farewell.




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