Today we start some stories about Joshua and the conquest of Canaan. Distinctive of this leader is his strength and courage. Joshua was Moses’ servant from his youth. He had a close-up vision of the struggles this great servant of God went through. Thus, the Lord was preparing him for the great mission of leading the people into the Promised Land.
Joshua’s first experience as a leader was when Moses entrusted him with the battle against the Amalekites. But Moses did not leave him alone. “I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands” was a very encouraging promise. With the staff Moses had appeared before Pharaoh; with the staff in hand the waters of the impressive Red Sea had been opened and closed.
Joshua and the men who went with him to fight against the Amalekites knew that at the top of the hill was their leader, raising the staff of God towards heaven. When Moses hands grew tired, Aaron and Hur held his hands up until sunset, when Joshua won the battle.
Read this story in Exodus 17:8-16.
What a beautiful example of the generations serving the Lord together! The younger men at the front of the battle and the older ones supporting them with their prayers. What an example of supporting each other in prayer! As leaders pray for the younger generation, children and young people can support their leaders in prayer. When some get tired in battle, others come forth to raise their hands and support them (as Aaron and Hur did for Moses).
Use today’s story of Joshua, the valiant warrior, to encourage children to trust the Lord and to support their leaders in prayer. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Together we move forward in God’s Kingdom.
The encouraging words that God said to his servant Joshua, are equally encouraging for us and the children.
The new kids on the block are Eliab and Elizabeth. We have made their faces in different sizes, for you to introduce them to the children. Choose the size that best fits you. Put them in your Bible, hide them somewhere in the classroom (have some fun looking for them), put them in your pocket, attach them to a fly swatter… Enjoy introducing them, the twin grandchildren of Eleazar and Raquel.
Here is my precious grandson David presenting the twins. A small Elizabeth (to put in your Bible) and Elizabeth on a fly swatter; Eliab is on the back.
In preparation for the stories of the following weeks, read the book of Joshua. Imagine that you are one of the millions of Israelites conquering the Promised Land. Think of your leaders. Support them in prayer! Teach the children to support their leaders. More than anything, we want everyone to be strong and courageous.
Blessings to all!
Read THE PROMISED LAND story #2: A Valiant Warrior