Your Grace Kids resources for the week of June 1
Continue to practice and talk about Psalm 23, adding the last verse: “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Check out the videos below to help you memorize Psalm 23 with sign language!
Psalm 23 (Full)
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Read Joshua 24 and watch Joshua’s Final Encouragement (video on the right). Then engage in the explanations and discussion questions below.
This Bible story begins with a national gathering of the Israelites for the purpose of covenant renewal and rededication Joshua called all the tribes of Israel together in the city of Shechem (pronounced SHEE-kem) and challenged the tribal leadership (elders, judges and officers) to be faithful to God – knowing that without godly leadership the nation would be lost.
Explain the significance of the gathering in the city of Shechem. (Joshua 24:1)
- Shechem is the first place in Canaan where Abraham had built an altar to the Lord and is where the promise of the land was made for Abraham’s descendants (Genesis 12:6,7).
- The history of Israel also indicates that Jacob also built an altar at Shechem upon his return to the land with his family (Genesis 33:18-20).
- At the beginning of the conquest of Canaan, Joshua had also assembled the nation in this vicinity after conquering Jericho and Ai (Joshua 8:30-35) – the town of Shechem was immediately to the west of two mountains that the people gathered on for a ceremony of covenant renewal after first entering the promised land.
Being in this historical place, especially for the older leaders who participated in the first ceremony with Joshua, would have brought back many memories. Shechem would have had special meaning to those assembled and would have produced memories of their spiritual heritage.
- What choices did Joshua present to the people of Israel? (Joshua 24:14-15) The Israelites were to choose whom they would worship and serve – the Lord God, the gods that some of their ancestors worshiped, or the gods of the land of Canaan. Joshua instructed the people to make their choice, and if they chose to serve God then they should do it in sincerity and in truth. It seems unbelievable that even after experiencing all the wonders of God and the miraculous acts of provision and deliverance, there were still those among this covenant people who still worshiped idols. There were those who worshiped and served the Lord God, but there were still those who worshiped the idol gods their ancestors did before the Flood and in Egypt, and still there were others who had turned to the gods of the people in their new land.
- What was Joshua’s personal choice? (Joshua 24:15) Joshua announced his own personal decision to the people. He chose to serve the Lord God. Joshua made his decision based on the experiences of his life and God’s dealing with Israel. Joshua had declared earlier to the people that not one of God’s promises had failed (Joshua 23:14) and, because of this, the only choice that made sense was to serve the Lord God. Joshua declared that he and his household would serve the Lord.
- What did the people choose to do? (Joshua 24:16-18) The people of Israel agreed that God had done wonderful things for them and made the same choice as Joshua. Serving other gods did not make sense when presented with Joshua’s reason and example. The leaders of the tribes even expressed their own account of God’s miraculous dealings with the nation. They remembered the deliverance from bondage in Egypt, signs and wonders, provision and preservation during their journey to the Promised Land, and the miraculous conquest of Canaan. Faced with this evidence, they declared that they would serve the Lord.
- What final warnings and instructions did Joshua give the people? (Joshua 24:19-24) Joshua reminded the people that the Lord is a holy and jealous God and would not tolerate them serving other gods.
- If you were in the crowd that day, what would your choice have been? Would you have made a decision based on what others chose? What is your choice today? Discuss how the following occasions offer opportunity for us to renew our covenant with Christ: gathering on Sundays to worship together virtually, observing a new believer being baptized into Christ, participating in the observance of the Lord’s Supper (communion), approaching God in prayer, contributing financially to your local church, and using your gifts and talents in ministry for Christ.
Talk about it:
What are some specific things God wants you and your family to remember?
What are some ways your family can serve the Lord?
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