Crossing the Jordan
Joshua 3:1 4:24
Joshua Series: Lesson #1
Bible Verse: The LORD will do wonders among you. Joshua 3:5
Bible Story for children:
Obey God and wait for His miracles.
Prop ideas: 12 large rocks or stones
Small indoor water fountain – one with stones would be great. Get the
water flowing, begin the story, and turn off when you get to the part where
the priests step into the river. Try to time it where there is no water
flowing as you put your hand on some stones for a dramatic effect.
Israel had been wandering in the desert for forty years because they had
been disobedient to God. They doubted God and thought that the people in
the Promised Land where too big and strong to overcome. Now, the forty
years is over. Everyone who had doubted God was dead. Israel had a new
leader, Joshua. (Joshua was one of the two faithful spies who had believed
in God. Joshua and Caleb were the only two who believed that God would
give them the Promised Land. Joshua had also been the helper to Moses).
When Moses died at the age of 120 years, God chose Joshua to be the new
leader. Joshua was ready to lead the people into the Promised Land.
Israel was camped along the Jordan River, across from the city of Jericho.
It was the time of harvest and the Jordan River was flooding. There was so
much water and it flowed very quickly. The people of Israel had no boats to
cross the river. How would they get across? There were no bridges. If they
walked through the water, it would surely sweep them away and drown
them. Joshua told the people to get ready. Get ready because, “The LORD
will do wonders among you.” God had a great miracle coming up.
God told Joshua to have the priests carry the Ark of the Covenant to the
river. (The Ark contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments and
represented God’s presence). The priests carrying the Ark were to step into
the river, while the water was still flowing and moving very fast. As soon as
their feet touched the water