Reading: Joshua 22-24
Summary: Two important events highlight the critical need for faithfulness as this nation enters a new phase of its existence. First, the tribes settling east of Jordan must remind themselves and their descendants of their rightful place as God’s people (chapter 22). Second is Joshua’s emotionally charged final challenge to Israel.
From Child’s Stories to Faith
Did you attend Bible School as a child? Did you learn about Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Sarah, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus? How about Kings David and Solomon, or Ahab and Jezebel or Elijah and Elisha? How about Jonah and the whale (?) or Daniel in the lion’s den?
Is that what you think of them? Stories for a child’s Bible class?
Not that that’s unimportant, but there is so much more to it. How much more is demonstrated at the end of Joshua. A marvelous testament to this great man’s influence and leadership is found in the observation that, “Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work that the LORD did for Israel” (Joshua 24:31).
With that, listen to what followed: “And there arose another generation after them who did not know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel” (Judges 2:10).
Israel went from faithful service to unbelief. Did you notice what changed? The faithful generation knew all the work that the Lord had done for Israel, the unfaithful generation did not. Knowing the work that the Lord has done is essential for faith and faithfulness.
Teaching children the great stories of the Bible is paramount. Being reminded and hearing again and learning more about the epic events of Scripture is critical.
What may have started in a children’s Bible class must be revisited and refreshed and deepened and fashioned into the very foundation of a faith that lasts a lifetime.