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Deborah and Barak (Judges 4-5)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we continue our study of the judges as we work through the Old Testament. When God’s people were distressed by Canaan, they cried out for a judge and God sent them a judge named Deborah. Deborah obeyed God and instructed Barak to fight Israel’s enemy. With the help of a woman named Jael, Israel won the victory.

READ: Judges 4-5 with your kids.

Main Point: God uses a diversity of people to complete his plan.

God does what is for His glory and our good. (Psalm 115:3; Romans 8:28) God fought for the Israelites and used Deborah, Barak, and Jael to defeat Canaan. In a similar way, God uses people and events to not only save us from our enemies, but to bring about our ultimate good: salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Help your children see that God uses a diversity of people to bring about His perfect plan.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

61. What does the Holy Spirit use to change Christians? God’s word, prayer and trials.

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Next Week: Gideon (Judges 6-8)

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The First Judges (Judges 3:7-31)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we begin studying the Old Testament judges. After Joshua died, the people were left without a leader and began to sin against God. God disciplined them and when the people cried out for deliverance, God sent a leader called a judge to rescue them. Later, when that judge died, the people sinned again and the pattern was repeated.

READ: Judges 3:7-31 with your kids.

Main Point: God raised up judges to deliver God’s people.

The judges saved the people from the consequences of their sin, but not the cause of it. God’s plan was to one day send a true Deliverer—Jesus, His own Son—to be the King of His people. Jesus saves people from sin forever.

Help your kids see that all of the judges were imperfect humans and they could not rescue God’s people from the cause of their sin, just the consequences. 

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

61. What does the Holy Spirit use to change Christians? God’s word, prayer and trials.

For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us. Isaiah 33:22

Next Week: Deborah and Barak (Judges 4–5)

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Joshua’s Final Encouragement (Joshua 23:1-24:28)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

This week we will listen in as Joshua shares his final words of encouragement to Israel. Joshua is near the end of his life, and like Moses, he addresses the people to point them to God. They had a choice to make: choose to follow God or choose to follow the false gods. They couldn’t do both.

READ: Joshua 23:1-24:28 with your kids.

Main Point: Joshua encouraged the people to worship God alone.

As Joshua prepared for his own death, he left a legacy of obedience to God. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, He appeared to the disciples and left them with a legacy: to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything Jesus commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Help your children see that they have the same choice to make today. They may not be tempted to worship little statues, but they can worship plenty of other things besides God.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

38. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? To trust only Jesus to save us.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Next Week: The First Judges (Judges 3:7-31)

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai (Joshua 2-4; 6)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

As we continue exploring the Old Testament this week, we will encounter Achan disobeying God and taking something from Jericho after its defeat. Because of this, when Israel attacked Ai next, they suffered defeat. God helped Joshua uncover Achan’s sin, and God punished Achan for his sin.

READ: Joshua 7-8 with your kids.

MAIN POINT: God punished Achan for his sin. Then God fought for His people at Ai.

The punishment for Achan’s sin was death. It seems harsh, but the Bible says that the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) Because we sin, we deserve to die too. Jesus came to die in our place. When we confess our sins and trust in Jesus, we are forgiven and saved from spiritual death.

Help your children see that God takes sin seriously, but He also offers forgiveness and eternal life with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

38. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? To trust only Jesus to save us.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Next Week: Joshua’s Final Encouragement (Joshua 23:1-24:28)

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.

The Promised Land and Jericho (Joshua 2-4; 6)

Josh RobertsComment

Dear Parents,

Our journey through the Old Testament picks up this week with Israel crossing the Jordan River and entering into the Promised Land. Their first battle is against the city of Jericho. God fought for His people and gave the city to them. It was clear from the beginning that it was God’s power, not Israel’s strength that would give them the land.

READ: Joshua 2-4 with your kids.

MAIN POINT: God fought for His people and led them into the Promised Land.

Just as the Lord defeated Jericho for the Israelites, Jesus defeats His enemies and leads believers into the promised land of eternity. Help your kids connect how God defeated Israel’s enemies with how Jesus defeated our greatest enemy: sin.

This week’s North Star catechism question is…

38. What does it mean to have faith in Jesus? To trust only Jesus to save us.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

Next Week: Achan’s Sin and the Defeat of Ai (Joshua 7-8)

Check out the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for more ways to interact with the Bible content each week.