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

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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)

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