The Number “7”
While Moses was up on Mt. Sinai meeting with God, the Israelites got restless and decided to make for themselves an idol, a golden calf, and worship it (another don’t-miss story if you are unfamiliar with it). God was so angry with the people that He said He would not make good on his commitment to bring them to the Promised Land until every person of the rebellious generation had passed away. So the people wandered in the desert for 40 years while waiting! We join up with them today as Joshua, their new leader, is bringing them to the city of Jericho, a city God has promised to give the Israelites.
This chapter of history is a great reminder that victory comes not through man’s might but God’s power. It is also a good reminder to obey God even when what He demands doesn’t make sense to us for one reason or another.
1. What do you learn about God from these verses?
2. Did the Israelites get to choose how they would capture Jericho? (No, God gave them very specific directions — directions that probably sounded pointless and strange!)
3. What did the Jews do to get the walls of Jericho to fall down? What really made the walls fall?
Just for fun:
Check out this video of Mahalia Jackson singing the great gospel song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.”
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Main Resources used for this Jesse Tree Study:
* The Story of God and Man a booklet that goes through “narrations” of scripture, starting at the beginning, and brings you through a biblical worldview while building up the story of our Savior. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details about getting a copy.