Lesson 62: The Promised Land
Joshua told the Israelites they were to get ready to cross over the Jordan River to go into the promised land. The Israelites did not know how they could get across the river. The river was quite deep at this time because of the snow from the mountains melting and the water running into the Jordan River. Once again God came to the help of the Israelites. Yes, God did something wonderful. God opened a path in the Jordan just like he had done at the Red Sea. God made a dry path so that all the Israelites could pass over into the promised land.
Joshua first told the priests to carry the ark and to walk into the middle of the river. When the priests did this the waters opened up and made a dry path for the Israelites to pass over. When they all had crossed safely the priests came out of the river land and then the waters of the river closed up again. This was a wonderful thing that God did for the Israelites. They must have been very thankful to God for all His blessings. We want to be thankful to God for all the many blessings we have. We must try to be happy and kind and loving and always thankful (Ephesians 5:17-21). That is how we can please God.
Joshua told twelve men of the tribes of Israel to carry twelve stones out of the river. They were to carry the stones across to the other side. They were to make a big pile with the stones. Joshua told the people that when their children saw these stones they were to explain to them how God had opened up the Jordan River for them.
- What did God do to the river Jordan so the children of Israel could cross it?
- Do you think the children of Israel were very thankful to God for drying up the river Jordan?
- How many men carried stones from the river?
- What did they do with the stones?