Children Bible Overview 33 18/11/07
GOD CHOSE JOSHUA TO LEAD THE ISRAELITES INTO THE LAND OFCANAAN
Teachers to read bible scripture: <Nu 27:12-23> <Deu 31:1-8> <Jos 1:1-9>Children to memorize bible scripture: <Deu 31:7>
RecapLast week, we learnt what it means to center our lives on the Tent of Meeting (church) so that we willbe led by God from Sundays to Saturdays, and hence live happy days while receiving God’sblessings. [
Recap a bit on their blessed schedule from Sunday to Saturday
]IntroductionAfter 40 years, God’s time-table was up. God wanted to lead the entire Israel to conquer the land ofCanaan. At that time, Moses was already 120 years old and about to go back to heaven. Therefore,God chose Joshua to be the leader of the Israelites, to lead the whole Israel to attack the land ofCanaan, to conquer the beautiful land that God wanted to give them. At that time, Moses followedGod’s instructions to bless Joshua, asking him to be strong and courageous because God hadalready chosen him. Therefore, God would always be with him and help him in everything, so that hewould have victory in all things. Thereafter, Moses passed away and went home to the Lord. Joshuahence became the leader of the Israelites, and led them into the land that God had given them.Because God was with Joshua, he was able to overcome all the enemies. [
Do we wish to become Joshua?
1. God’s greatest desire: to bless His people, Israel with the most beautiful land(Canaan)
1) Because God loves us the most, the blessing He gives us is the greatest. What is thegreatest blessing? i.e. land of Canaan = 4 Gospelization. All our blessings (whether itis the things we play, the things we eat and drink, friends who love us), they can befound in the land of Canaan (the 4 Gospelization) [
Recap 4 Gospelization
]2) Therefore, although Moses passed away, God did not forget the blessing He wantedto give the Israelites. God prepared Joshua to lead the Israelites so that they couldbe led towards the land of Canaan. Therefore, everything that God has prepared forus today is for the 4 Gospelization. God gives us parents who love us, teachers whoteach us in our studies, He prepares for us Sunday school, friends and play time, allfor the 4 Gospelization.3) Therefore, when we do everything for the 4 Gospelization, we will succeed ineverything. When we play for the 4 Gospelization, we will have a more enjoyable time;when we eat for the 4 Gospelization, we will be healthy; when we study for the 4Gospelization, we will be smarter, etc. Without the 4 Gospelization, everything will notbe well!
2. To conquer the land of Canaan, God chose Joshua, who knew God best amongthe Israelites, to lead Israel
1) Why did God choose Joshua? This was because after Moses passed away, Joshuawas the one who knew God best among the Israelites. No one else knew God’s heartbetter nor could submit to God as much as Joshua.2) Recap Joshua’s life: In those 40 years, he was most obedient to God. E.g., whenspying on the land of Canaan, he believed and relied on God’s promises; whenMoses went up to Mount Sinai, Joshua often followed him and listened to his words;and Joshua kept following the Tent of Meeting (Mondays to Sundays), etc.