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Victory in Jericho

Blessings to you and yours!

If you live in a country that celebrates Thanksgiving, I hope you had a good celebration. There is so much to thank God for. His blessings and mercies are new every morning. Great is his faithfulness!

Date of the Passover celebration

Today’s story highlights the victory in Jericho. Joshua and the brave warriors conquered the city because they followed God’s instructions to the letter. Rahab was saved together with her family because she followed the instructions of the spies.

In the story we mention the Passover celebration. An interesting fact has to do with the date of the celebration. After crossing the Jordan, and before conquering Jericho, the people of God celebrated the Passover. Forty years before, on the first month of the year and the 14th day, they celebrated their first Passover. It was a hasty celebration before leaving Egypt.

After forty years of wandering in the desert the people of Israel arrived in the Promised Land. They celebrated the Passover in the first month and the 14th day. How interesting with God’s timing! The dates coincided perfectly!

Then the manna ceased. Read about it in Joshua 5:10-12.

The command not to kill

Let’s talk about a matter that may arise when studying the book of Joshua. Today’s story and some of the following are about conquering Canaan. It’s a bit conflictive, because while God gave the Israelites (and us) the command not to kill, they had to conquer entire cities and destroy everyone. I can only speculate about the reason, because only God knows why at that point in time they had to kill and destroy.

The only way for them to receive their land, which had been promised to Abraham and his offspring, was for them to conquer it. I think the main reason they had to destroy the inhabitants was for it to be a land that worshiped God. It was important that the people not get into the pagan practices of worshiping false gods. The Canaanites were very idolatrous. What do you think? Questions may arise from the children and you need to be prepared to answer them.

The Ten Commandments still rule. Jesus gave us a new commandment, that we should love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34,35). The two great commandments are that we should love God with all our heart and our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).

The events of the Old Testament do not justify breaking God’s laws. I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Joshua to carry out the conquest. The Lord encouraged him several times to be strong and courageous and told him not to fear.

Joshua’s ” job” of conquering the land began with the successful conquest of Jericho. Read about it in Joshua 6. That’s the story for today.

Eleazar and Eliab

I have placed Eleazar and Eliab amid the march around Jericho, to show the beauty of different generations doing the work of God together. To those who are grandparents, I encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your grandchildren. Your love and presence is the best legacy you can leave them. I imagine some little boy at the time of the conquest, who with pride and joy marched around Jericho holding hands with his grandfather. I know what I’m talking about, because I’m a grandmother. Nothing brings me more pleasure than to do something together with a grandchild.

To parents, grandparents and teachers, may the lessons in the book of Joshua bless you and the children in your life.

Welcome to read the story. Promised Land # 4. Conquering a City.

A Happy Celebration

I have reason to celebrate, thanking God for two excellent helpers. Five years ago, my Peruvian assistant Cristina started working for me. A couple of years before that, God answered my long-time prayers for an artist, Absalom in Costa Rica, to illustrate my Bible stories. My goal is to one day provide them all in English. For now, I’m happy that I can do the stories. I have Nancy in Alabama to thank for that. This ministry is a labor of love, a wonder of God’s grace.

Here you can find materials if you know people who need helps in Spanish:

hermanamargarita.com  and  misperlitas.wordpress.com

I’m sorry I had to skip one week in posting the story. We had some technical issues, as well as getting off schedule. Cristina had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She and her sisters spent two weeks of vacation in Mexico. See here my beautiful assistant.

Will you help me pray for Cristina and Absalom, for God’s continued provision for us to do this work. I don’t have in my garden a tree that produces money, but I have a God who gives us “our daily bread.”  For me that means freelance translation jobs so I can pay my helpers. God’s provision all these years is something I celebrate. All glory be to Jesus, my beloved Savior!

In today’s story there is also celebration. Eleazar’s parents and Raquel’s dad have been worried about their “lost” children. Now they find them, and all of them get together at the sea-shore to tell about their experiences of crossing the sea. And Eleazar finds out the meaning of his name–God is my help.

The story will continue with a few more chapters, telling about how it was on the journey through the desert. “Food from Heaven” is the next chapter.

Cover for a Binder

For those who want to make a binder to keep the stories, here is a file with cover page, spine text, and back cover. I’ve made a binder to keep on my coffee table, that way any visitor I have can easily read the stories.

File to print: Cover for Great Escape

In these Great Escape stories we’ve seen what happened on the first Passover, that night when the people of Israel came out of slavery in Egypt to start the long journey to the Promised Land. God ordained that this celebration be done every year.

This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD–a lasting ordinance. Exodus 12:14

For generations the people of Israel remembered this first Passover. Then came Jesus, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), and now we celebrate each year his death and resurrection.

Did you see the Remembrance Circle we prepared for Easter this year? It can be used to celebrate Jesus anytime of the year.

Find it HERE.

 

You can make this circle in double or triple size for the classroom or the home. Wouldn’t it be great if each classroom and home had one, to remember what Jesus has done for us, to reflect on his redemptive work, and to rejoice for all his blessings.

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Do you have something to celebrate? Yes, of course! This morning you woke up; your heart was beating. You didn’t have to wind it up. You are breathing. Celebrate life! Every day God gives us life is a happy celebration.

Celebrate that God is your strength. Like the meaning of Eleazar’s name, God is your help! More than anything…

Celebrate Jesus!

Welcome to read The Great Escape story #9: Together Once Again

 

 

 

 

 

The Passover Lamb

Have you ever imagined yourself as being a slave like the Israelites in Egypt? The people cried out in anguish to God! When the Lord called Moses and commissioned him to go to Pharaoh, instead of getting better, things got worse.

And the plagues started. First the water was turned to blood; then there were frogs everywhere; later the gnats arrived. People must have felt more desperate each time.

After those initial plagues God made a distinction. When Egypt was filled with flies, in the land of Goshen, where the people of God lived, there were no flies. When a plague afflicted the cattle, nothing happened to the livestock of the Israelites. When hail fell, it did not hail in Goshen. When there was intense darkness for three days, so that no one in Egypt could move or see his neighbor, the Israelites had light in their rooms.

Then came the last plague, in which all first-born would die. That is where God instituted the Passover. His people were to kill a lamb without blemish and paint their door posts with the blood.

In preparation for the departure, Moses told the people to ask the Egyptians for gold and silver, jewelry and clothing. God gave them favor before the Egyptians and they gave them what they asked for. “So they plundered the Egyptians” (Exodus 12:36).

Find all the details in Exodus 11 and 12.

Those who obeyed, and painted their door posts with blood, saved the first-born. It was a night of agony like no other. The angel of death visited every home, from the palace to the humblest abode. From people and animals all first-born died.

Imagine being one of the Egyptians. After the plague of death of the first-born, they hurried to drive the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.

In our imaginary story, the boy Eleazar thinks about what happened, and how his father had painted the door posts of his house, and how that saved his life.

One day, many centuries later, Jesus the Lamb of God would die on the cross to save everyone who believes in Him. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

Memory Cards

For several months I have been putting the verse we use in the Bible story as little cards to cut out. I call them Memory Cards. I hope you take advantage of this resource. There is nothing more important than keeping the Word in the heart.

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).

Print the sheet each week and cut out a small card for each student. Encourage them to take it with them during the week to review the verse. The ideal would be to collect them. Maybe you can do a contest to see who collects the most cards and learn the verses.

See what a teacher in Mexico did. She made little treasure boxes with craft sticks. All the parents were encouraged to do these boxes for their kids. One of the mothers helped her 4-year-old girl learn all the verses! This was when they studied about Elijah and Elisha (see Salt and Pepper stories).

Binders for the story

How about having a binder to collect the stories? That’s what this teacher has done and also encouraged the parents to provide binders for their kids. (The story-papers in Spanish are called La Perlita.)

PowerPoint and Flash-cards

My assistant Cristina, working in Lima, Peru, prepares a PowerPoint to go with each story. If you use the stories in a classroom setting it will be very useful. You can also use the PowerPoint’s at home with your children.

We also prepare flash-cards. The pictures illustrate the story. Maybe you can decorate the room with them. The artist for these pictures is Absalóm-León Sixco from Costa Rica. I’m very grateful for him and Cristina. We do this work as a labor of love for Jesus.

The flash-cards come in color (CO), gray-scale (GR), and pictures to color (BW). Have the children color the pictures and do exhibits.

The reason we provide the pictures in gray-scale is if you don’t have the possibility to print them in color. They will not turn out as dark as if you use the color pictures and print them with black ink.

Welcome to read today’s Great Escape story:

#2 Saved by a Lamb