Obedience Leads to Victory: A Lesson from Joshua

Obedience Leads to Victory: A Lesson from Joshua

In our Wednesday night midweek program, we’re headed through the Old Testament, learning how to navigate through the various grouping and learning where major Bible accounts are found.  At the beginning of the series, we put up a book case  and have been adding cereal box books of the Bible as we go along.

Books of the Bible Cereal Boxes

This last week, we covered the book of Joshua, highlighting two major stories.  You can find my lesson script below as well as the power point I used at the bottom of this post.

Lesson from Joshua: The Books of History

Welcome back, kids!  We’ve been going through the Old Testament and so far, we’ve talked about the Books of the Law.  Can anyone name one of the books of the law?

Allow kids to answer. 


The Law

Great.  We learned that God’s laws, just like the rules and laws we have today are designed to keep us safe.  Today,  we’re going to start on the books of History.  Some people call these the books of Adventure because they are filled with some really amazing and exciting stuff!  These books show us what happens when we obey or disobey God.

History Books Show Us

What do the books of History show us?

Allow kids to answer

Good work! For instance, there are two true stories in the book of Joshua that show us what happens when we obey or disobey God.

Joshua 5

The first account comes from Joshua 5 and it’s a pretty famous account: the battle at Jericho.  Now, you may know some stuff about this story, but I want you to take a look at Joshua 5:13-15


Read passage to kids as you brandish a plastic sword. 

Woah!  Joshua stood face to face with a super powerful angel!  This angel was the commander of God’s army — so he was tough!  The angel gave Joshua instructions for the battle.  Can anyone tell me the instructions?

Allow kids to answer.

Right — they were to walk around the city of Jericho one time for 6 days.

Walk little people around a pre-made Jericho box city.  

Marching Around Jericho


So for six days, they walked around the city one time and then returned to camp.  I wonder what the Israelites were thinking as they made their way around.  I wonder what the people inside of Jericho were thinking.  What do you think?

Allow kids to answer.  

So, they followed God’s instructions for six days and then on the seventh day, they walked around the city seven times.  Now, we aren’t totally sure how big Jericho was, but some people suggest it was about 4 miles around the perimeter, which would mean it would take about 2 hours to walk around it once.  How long would it take to walk around it seven times?

Allow kids to answer. 

Yikes, that’s a long time!  I bet they were hot and tired, but they continued to follow God’s instructions.  And then, when they shouted and blew the trumpets…

Wall crumbling Sound Effect

The walls came tumbling down!  The people went in and defeated the city.  They had victory because they obeyed God!


Let’s say it together: Obedience led to VICTORY!

You may want to create a hand signal for the word “Victory” and do it with the kids. 

Which brings us to the next true story from the book of Joshua.  It is found in Joshua 7 and it’s a about a man named Achan.

Josh 7


Now, in Joshua 6:18, we see God’s instructions for the city of Jericho.  God told His people to take anything for themselves from the city.  If they find gold or silver, they are to take it to God’s house.

Achan's Sin

Take some gold coins from the Jericho box and then move it to another place to signify the tabernacle.  

But one man, Achan does not listen.

Place a gold coin under a little person to signify Achan.

He does not obey God.  He thinks no one will know, but God sees all things.  Achan hid the things in his tent.  He disobeyed God. Remember, the Israelites had just won an amazing battle.  A huge walled city had crumbled before them.  And now, they were headed towards a city  called Ai, which should have been a cinch to conquer. But Achan’s disobedience ruined it for everyone.  Because he did not listen to and obey God, the Israelites lost the battle.  Achan’s actions show us that disobedience leads to destruction.



Say that with me!

You may want to make up a hand motion to go with the word “destruction”.  

There are many more super cool stories in the book of Joshua, but I’ll leave you to explore those on your own.  From these two accounts, we clearly see that obedience leads to victory and disobedience leads to destruction.

Obedience and Disobedience


Let’s say that all together with our hand motions!

Let’s pray.


Obedience Leads to Victory Lesson Power Point



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