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In all likelihood, many of you have an established curriculum in your Sunday Schools. Our goal is to augment your lessons with additional information. When we finish our study of the Bible, you will be able to access any section we've researched to support your own lesson plans. You may want to use some of the questions in the activities section when these stories are in your lessons. For the past three months we've taken an in-depth look at Moses; the Children of Israel; the Ten Commandments; the significance of the Tent of Meeting; survival in the Wilderness; and preparation for the Promised Land. In October, Joshua is our central focus. We see the power of God is ever available. All we have to do is obey.

In addition to your own inspired and creative activities, you may want to consider some of the following ideas.

The Activities section focuses all four Sundays in October on events in the life of Joshua and the Children of Israel as they possess the land of Canaan.

Bible Characters examines the man, Joshua.

Swap Shop looks at a fresh way to engage children in Bible morals and values with VeggieTales.

Bible Overview delves into the book of Joshua.

I Want to Know talks about Rahab, the harlot.

Kids Korner - Bible Characters - includes a conversation between the Kids Korner mascots, discussing Joshua and why to study the Bible; Barry Huff's Lessons We Can Learn from Joshua; and the story, "A Wall Falls Down," " ," and "How the River Jordan Became Dry and the Walls of Jericho Fell Down."

Teachers, you might like to suggest to your students' parents that they read and discuss the Bible stories about Joshua; the Jordan River becoming dry ground; the battle of Jericho; the disobedience of Achan; and the sun standing still.

Below is a sample calendar of Bible verses and related questions to read and discuss each week in October. Work with your child and your students to learn each week's memorization verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to their everyday lives. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week. Encourage your children and Sunday School pupils to share lessons learned from working with Bible verses and stories. Since National Bible Week is the week of Thanksgiving, we are asking Sunday School teachers, parents, teens, and children to share with our BibleWise readers: 1) why you study the Bible or 2) your favorite Bible story or passage. Email your responses to us by Nov. 20th.

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October 5
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October 6-12 October 6-12 October 6-12
October 13-19 October 13-19 October 13-19
October 20-26 October 20-26 October 20-26
October 27- Nov. 2 October 27- Nov. 2 October 27- Nov. 2

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Week of September 29- October 5
Memorization verse: Memorization verse: Deut 32:4 KJV He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • What is judgment?
  • Who judges?

Sunday October 5
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Why should God do the judging and not us?
  • What does it mean that God is a Rock?

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Open your Bibles to Joshua 1 - 2. Teachers, if you have maps of the trek in the wilderness, Joshua's conquests of Canaan, and the settling of the twelve tribes of Israel, bring them to class. There are two maps in the Kids Korner's archives: Twelve Tribes of Israel and Egypt and the Sinai. Included in Teaching the Bible section is a map of Canaan, Conquest, and the Judges . Ask the students to find Mt. Nebo.

  • What happened at Mt. Nebo? (Deut. 34:1-5)
  • Who is now in charge of the Children of Israel? (Joshua 1:1-3)
  • Riddle: Which Bible character didn't have any parents? (Joshua 1:1 Joshua, the son of Nun [sounds like none].)
  • What words of comfort did God give Joshua? (Josh.1:2-18)
  • What city does Joshua send spies to?(Josh. 2:1)
  • How many spies did Joshua send? (Josh. 2:1)
  • Who protected the spies? (Josh. 2:3-8)
  • Why did Joshua use spies?
  • What do spies do?
  • Do we use spies today?
  • For what purpose?
  • If God asked you to be a spy for Him, would you do it?
  • What kinds of things would you spy for God? (People doing good!)
  • Can we catch people -- our friends, siblings, parents, teachers -- doing good?

Helpful information for the teacher about Rahab

  • Joan Koelle Snipes, BibleWise consultant and author of That Ye May Teach the Children, shares how she would teach about Rahab.

In the past, I've never put much emphasis on teaching the story of Rahab in Sunday School. I plan to rectify this because her role in helping the early Hebrews conquer Canaan was clearly revered by the biblical authors of Matthew, Hebrews, and James. See I Want to Know for more information on Rahab.

When I teach the story, I will follow my usual pattern of briefly telling the children the story in my own words. Then, we'll read parts of the story from the Bible. Next, I'll ask the children questions about Rahab. Finally, I'll follow up with a Bible Study Worksheet to be completed at home along with regular review questions.

Below are some of the questions about Rahab that I'll be using both in class and on the worksheet.

During the time of Joshua, Rahab protected two Israelite spies. Where was her house located? (Joshua 2:1, 15)

Just before the battle of Jericho, who sent "two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho?" (Joshua 2:1)

Rahab and her family lived in a house on the wall of Jericho. Why were they spared when the city walls fell and the city was destroyed in the time of Joshua? (Joshua 2:1-24)

Rahab's agreement with the spies was that they save the lives of her father, her mother, her brothers, and her sisters. How and where did Rahab hide the two spies? (Joshua 2:1-24)

Rahab hid the Hebrew spies on the roof of her house under stalks of flax. What was flax and how was it used? (Please see a Bible dictionary.)

How did the two spies escape from Rahab's house in Jericho? (Joshua 2:15)

Most scholars identify Rachab, mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus, and Rahab as the same person. Please tell the story of Rahab. (Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25; Matthew 1:5)

Rahab is one of four Old Testament women listed in Matthew's genealogy of Jesus. Who are the other three? (Matthew 1:1-16)

The author of Hebrews notes that Rahab "perished not with them that believed not" when her city was destroyed. She gained fame by hiding some Israelite spies from the king. Please name Rahab's city. (Hebrews 11:31; Joshua 2:1-24; 6:22-25)

Was Rahab Jewish when she hid the two spies?

Why do you suppose Rahab decided to cooperate with the Hebrew spies?


Younger Children:
If possible, ask the parents to rent a VeggieTales video of Josh and the Big Wall. The whole family should watch it. See Swap Shop review of VeggieTales.Spies are able to read code. Can you crack the code? Bring your answer to Sunday School next Sunday.

Ask your parents to read you "The Story of a Scarlet Cord."

Older Children:
Read Hurlbut's "The Story of a Scarlet Cord."

Week of October 6-12
Memorization verse: Jeremiah 29:13 NIV You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  • What does it mean to seek God with all your heart?
  • How can you use this verse in your life?

Sunday October 12
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible Verse.

  • Do we seek God?
  • If so, how do we seek God?

Select age appropriate questions for your classes.

Younger Classes and Older Classes
Do a quick review of Joshua sending out the spies. Talk a little about Rahab. What qualities do we see in Rahab? What did the spies promise Rahab?

Take out the maps and ask the children to:

  • Find the Jordan River on the map.
  • Why is the Ark of the Covenant so important?
  • What happened to this river when the priests, carrying the Ark of the Covenant, put their feet in the water? (Josh 3: 13-17)
  • What does this event remind you of? (parting of the Red Sea)
  • Why do you think God did this?· Do you think it is possible to part the water?

Point of information: In 1927, some earth tremors caused a shift in the dirt, which blocked the Jordan River in just about the same place where Joshua and the Children of Israel crossed. It was stopped up for over 20 hours. Taken from The Awesome Book of Bible Facts by Sandy Silverthorne.

  • What have the children of Israel been eating for 40 years? (manna and quail)
  • What is your favorite meal?
  • Do you think you could eat that meal everyday for 1 year? 40 years?
  • What will the Children of Israel get to eat now? (Josh. 5:12)

Read Joshua 5:13-15

  • What happens to Joshua that is very similar to Moses' experience? (Josh. 5:13-15)
  • What else did Joshua experience like Moses? [see Bible Characters ]
  • Why do you think this happened to Joshua?
  • Now that Joshua and the Israelites are across the Jordan River, what happens next?

Read Joshua 6

  • What kind of a city was Jericho?
  • Could they walk right in and take over the city?
  • Why not?
  • What instructions did God give Joshua and his people? (Josh 6:3-5)
  • Why do you think they were told to just walk around the city?
  • What weapons were they going to use?
  • What was God teaching them?
  • What were they to do with the things they found in the city? (Josh. 6:18-19)
  • What happened on the seventh day? (Josh.6:20)
  • Who was saved from destruction? (Josh. 6:17, 23-25)
  • Did the spies keep their word to Rahab?
  • Why is it important to keep your promises?
  • What lessons did God want the Children of Israel to learn about conquering Jericho?


Younger Children: Color the picture of the walls of Jericho falling down. Read "A Wall Falls Down" and Lily and Shep's chat about Joshua and studying the Bible.

Older Children: Read Hurlbut's, "How the River Jordan Became Dry, and the Walls of Jericho Fell Down," and Teen Time's Make a Difference. Invite your students to write a brief statement on why they study the Bible or explain a favorite Bible story or passage to be submitted to BibleWise for posting in November during National Bible Week.

Week of October 13-19
Memorization verse: II Cor. 5:17 NIV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • How can we become new?

Sunday October 19
Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.

  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • How have the Children of Israel become new?
  • What old things are gone from the Israelites' lives?

Younger and Older Classes
(pick and choose questions and activities appropriate for your age group)

Open your Bibles to Joshua 7

  • What did Achan do wrong? (Josh 7:1) [They weren't supposed to take anything in the destruction of Jericho. Achan took something. He was disobedient. ]
  • What did Achan take? (Josh. 7:21)
  • Joshua sent spies to Ai. What did they report this time? (Josh. 7:3-4)
  • Do you think they were overconfident?
  • How many men did Joshua send into battle? (Josh.7:4)
  • What happened? (Josh.7:5)
  • Why do you think the Children of Israel lost this battle?
  • Did Achan's disobedience have anything to do with their loss?
  • What are God's instructions to Joshua?(Josh. 7: 8-15)
  • Why do you think God made Joshua do this in front of all the people?· What did they do to Achan? (Josh. 7:22-26)
  • Was that too harsh a penalty?· What is the lesson to be learned from this experience?·
  • Are they allowed to keep the spoils of war this time? (Josh 8:2)
  • How many men does Joshua take the second time he battles Ai? (Josh 8:3)
  • What kind of an ambush did Joshua prepare for the armies of Ai? (Josh 8:5-22)
  • What happens when the Israelites do battle with Ai this time? (Josh 8:23-25)


Younger pupils:

Older pupils:

Week of October 20-26
Memorization verse: Psalm 113:3 NIV From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.

  • What does this verse mean to you?
  • What is significant about the sun in this verse and the story of Joshua?

Sunday October 26

  • Ask the students to recite this week's Bible verse above.
  • Discuss the meaning of the verse.
  • Read about Joshua asking God to make the sun stand still. (Josh. 10:12-14)

Younger Classes and Older Classes (select age appropriate questions)

Open your Bibles to Joshua 9 and 10

This week is Halloween. What do the Gibeonites have in common with Halloween? [disguises]

  • What did the men of Gibeon do to the Israelites? (Josh. 9:1-15)
  • How did they dress?
  • What lies did they tell?
  • What kind of people disguise their true nature?
  • What did Joshua find out about the men of Gibeon after he made a pact with them? (Josh. 9:16)
  • What didn't Joshua do before he made a contract with the men of Gibeon?
  • Why is it important to pray before we make big decisions?
  • Were the men of Gibeon justified by being dishonest?
  • What would you have done instead?
  • In chapter 10 of Joshua we have an incredible act from God. What does Joshua ask God to do? (Josh. 10:12)
  • What do you learn about God from Joshua's experience?
  • What are Joshua's final words to the people? (Josh.24:14)
  • What does Joshua ask the people to do? (Choose you this day whom ye will serve - Josh. 24:15)
  • How do they respond?
  • What lessons should the Children of Israel have learned by now?
  • Why do you think they kept making the same mistakes?
  • Review the commandments. Which ones did this group break when they went into the Promised Land?

Teachers: Share additional information about Joshua from Bible Characters with your classes.

Assignment: Read Judges 1-4

Younger Classes

Older Classes

  • Read Healing Messsages on Teen Time and Q & A. For National Bible Week, tell BibleWise why you study the Bible or explain your favorite Bible story or passage.

Week of October 27-Nov. 2
Memorization verse: Proverbs 15:1 NIV A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Discuss the meaning of the verse.

  • How do we control anger?
  • What kinds of words push your buttons?


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