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Fall of Jericho Sunday School Lesson

Fall of Jericho Sunday School Lesson
Here is our FREE the Fall of Jericho Sunday School Lesson! Teach kids that God can help us overcome any obstacle. By the end of this lesson, kids will be able to state one specific way God has helped them overcome an obstacle. This lesson is great for every Children's Ministry, Kids Church, and Sunday School!The Israelites had a mighty army, but the city of Jericho had an impenetrable wall protecting it. Then God stepped in and brought the walls tumbling down. Kids will learn that when we obey God, he can bring down the obstacles that stand in our way. Jericho had a mighty wall, one that no army could overcome. God is mightier than any army. He is mightier than any person or anything. If an obstacle appears in your path, dont despair and dont quit. Thats the time to get down on your knees and pray. God is simply waiting for you to give him your problem so he can show his power. Obstacles can be frustrating, but they can always be overcome. If God is for you, he will take that obstacle down and lead you on. Let God deal with your obstacles. Pray, and let him take the lead. He will tear down the walls, and send you on your way. And, if you like this lesson we have over 100 more free Sunday School Lessons for Kids! Take a look at our  Clash of Kingdoms 4-Week Children's Ministry Curriculum

Fall of Jericho Sunday School Lesson:

BOTTOM LINE:

God can help us overcome any obstacle.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn to trust God to help them overcome obstacles.

KEY PASSAGE:

Joshua 5:13-6:20, The Fall of Jericho

MEMORY VERSE:

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.-Psalm 24:10 (NIV)

SUMMARY:

The Israelites had a mighty army, but the city of Jericho had an impenetrable wall protecting it. Then God stepped in and brought the walls tumbling down. Kids will learn that when we obey God, he can bring down the obstacles that stand in our way.

SIMPLE PRAYER:

Dear God,

Thank you for your power and strength. Teach us to rely on you to tear down the obstacles that stand in our way.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

MEMORY VERSE

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” -Psalm 24:10 (NIV)

“Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory.” -Psalm 24:10 (NIrV)

LARGE GROUP:

Divide the room between girls and boys. Have the boys read the verse aloud, then have the girls read it aloud. Who can read the loudest?

SMALL GROUP:

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

 

SKIT

NO WALL BREAKERS NEEDED

ITEMS NEEDED:

Soldier costumes

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

2M plus extras

CHARACTERS:

Joshua- Commander of the Israelites

Norm- A soldier

Israelite Soldiers

The soldiers march on stage. Joshua walks on to address them.

JOSHUA: Men, weve waited a long time for this day. This is the day we finally start to take the Promised Land. It all starts right here with the city of Jericho.

NORM: Excuse me, Joshua? Would that be the city with the big, giant wall around it?

JOSHUA: Yes it is, private.

NORM: Huh. Thats an awfully big wall.

JOSHUA: Yes, soldier, it is. They built it to keep us out. But today, that wall comes down.

NORM: Hey listen, I couldnt help noticing that all we have here are regular soldiers.

JOSHUA: Thats correct.

NORM: Dont you think we need some Wall Breakers?

JOSHUA: Some what?

NORM: Some Wall Breakers. We need Wall Breakers to take down the wall.

JOSHUA: Whats a Wall Breaker?

NORM: You know, the skeleton guys! They run up to the wall with bombs, and boom! Hole in the wall.

JOSHUA: We dont need any skeletons, soldier.

NORM: Theyre called Wall Breakers.

JOSHUA: We dont need those either!

NORM: Look, its not that big a deal, okay? They cost you a little more of that purple elixir than regular soldiers, but theyre worth it.

JOSHUA: What purple elixir?

NORM: The purple elixir! Its what we use to train soldiers and prepare for battle.

JOSHUA: We dont have any purple elixir.

NORM: We dont?

JOSHUA: No!

NORM: Well, we better get some. We just need some gold to get some elixir pumps and storage vats.

JOSHUA: We dont have any gold.

NORM: No gold?

JOSHUA: No!

NORM: How about those green diamonds? If we have some of those we canlet me guess, we dont have any green diamonds.

JOSHUA: No we dont. But we have something better.

NORM: We do?

JOSHUA: We have the Lord! We have the one who parted the Red Sea and brought us here. We have the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who led us out of Egypt. We dont need green diamonds or purple elixirs or skeletons.

NORM: Theyre called Wall Breakers.

JOSHUA: We have the Lord, and that is all we need.

NORM: Well in that case, lets go knock down a wall.

JOSHUA: Thats the spirit!

 

OBJECT LESSON

ITEM NEEDED:

A tightly sealed jar

The jar can be any glass jar with a tightly sealed lid - pickles, jelly, etc. Give a few kids a chance to open the tightly sealed jar. Start with some smaller kids and work your way up.

When youre hungry, it can be frustrating to come across a tightly sealed jar. The answer to your hunger is right here, on the other side of metal and glass, but you justcantgetitopen!

Fortunately, theres usually an adult around to help you out. And if that adult has trouble, there are little tricks you can use. Run hot water over the lid. Use a towel or gripper to grab on to the lid. One way or another, theres a way, and youll get that jar open.

Sometimes we come across obstacles in our own lives like this jar. Theres no way around, no way through. It seems as if weve come to a dead end. Fortunately, we have an answer. We have God. We know that God works all things out for good. He engineers the tough times in our lives so that he will be glorified. When you come across an obstacle, dont despair. Be thankful, because the Lord will use that obstacle to show you - and the world - that he is indeed Lord of all.

Dont be discouraged by obstacles. Give them to the Lord, and he will help you.

 

LARGE GROUP GAME

ROADBLOCKS

ITEMS NEEDED:

Remote control cars

Blocks

Tape

INSTRUCTIONS:

Put down three lines of tape, 10 feet long, about 3 feet apart and parallel.

Choose two players for this game. Set a remote control car down in front of each kid and give them the remotes. The two players will race their cars from start to finish between the lines in their respective lanes, and the first one to the finish wins.

Butbefore they can race, they will have to clear the obstacles in their paths. Before the race, dump the blocks across the two race lanes. Try to make it even for both racers, but block their lanes so they cant drive the cars down the lane.

On your signal, the players will race to clear their race lane and then drive their car down the lane. First to the finish wins.

VARIATION:

Instead of RC cars, you can give the kids 1-3 Hot Wheels each to push down the lane and across the finish.

WHATS THE POINT?

God can clear the obstacles that get in the path of our lives.

 

LARGE GROUP LESSON

BOTTOM LINE:

God can help us overcome any obstacle.

OBJECTIVE:

Kids will learn to trust God to help them overcome obstacles.

KEY PASSAGE:

Joshua 5:13-6:20, The Fall of Jericho

INTRO

If you play games on a tablet or phone, youve probably played Clash of Clans. And even if you havent, youve probably seen the commercials. Clash of Clans isnt your typical war game. Its a game of building, strategizing, and planning. In Clash of Clans, you slowly build your own kingdom. You build an army, you gather gold and other resources, you set up defenses. You create a camp that cant be attacked while raiding and attacking others. Its frustrating, its challenging, and yes, its a lot of fun.

Clash of Clans really gets challenging because it tends to put obstacles in your way. You cant expand your camp because there are rocks in the way. You cant get to the enemy because he has walls in your way. Over and over, the game challenges you to meet and overcome obstacles by growing your resources and your army - or if youre impatient, by spending money in the App Store.

It can get pretty frustrating when those obstacles pop up in the game. Its frustrating because we cant go on to the next level, but its also frustrating because its too much like real life. We constantly run up against obstacles that would keep us from achieving our goals or fulfilling the plans God has for us.

Thankfully, we can overcome these obstacles, without the use of gold, diamonds, or money spent in the App Store. We have a God who specializes in overcoming obstacles, and hes been at it a long time.

In the book of Joshua, Gods children, the Israelites, are ready to claim the land God made for them. Standing in their way is a giant obstacle - the city of Jericho with its impenetrable wall. No army had ever been able to break through that wall, but with Gods help, the Israelites made the walls of Jericho tumble to the ground!

READ JOSHUA 5:13-6:20

MAIN POINT

The Israelites were nomads. They lived in the wilderness for forty years prior to approaching the city of Jericho. They did not have the weapons or the tools to create a something that could break down the walls of Jericho. But even if they did have the means to build big weapons, its unlikely anything they made could break down that wall. They didnt have bombs and cruise missiles like armies have today. They had arrows, spears, catapults. The very best of what they had available could not break that wall.

The Israelites did not need man-made weapons. They had the Lord. God promised to give them the Promised Land, and Jericho was just the beginning. God gave Joshua instructions on how to attack the city. They did it, not with violence, but with singing and praise. After seven days, the Lord knocked down the wall, and Jericho fell.

Jericho shows us that obstacles are no challenge for God. When an obstacle blocks your path, dont despair. Give it to God, and stand back.

DRIVE IT HOME

In our lives, we come up on many obstacles. Some obstacles go away in time, like the one that says you have to be thishigh to go on roller coasters. Other obstacles can be overcome by hard work. But some obstacles require a little extra help.

Obstacles can be people. They can be things. They are almost always frustrating, and they make you want to quit. But when we see frustration, God sees a chance to show his power. God can melt the heart of a teacher who denies you an opportunity. He can break the ice with a new friend or an old friend who has fallen away. He can remove physical, mental, and emotional obstacles that keep us from becoming what God made us to be.

Jericho had a mighty wall, one that no army could overcome. God is mightier than any army. He is mightier than any person or any thing. If an obstacle appears in your path, dont despair and dont quit. Thats the time to get down on your knees and pray. God is simply waiting for you to give him your problem so he can show his power.

Obstacles can be frustrating, but they can always be overcome. If God is for you, he will take that obstacle down and lead you on. Let God deal with your obstacles. Pray, and let him take the lead. He will tear down the walls, and send you on your way.

CLOSE WITH A SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

Thank you for your power and strength. Teach us to rely on you to tear down the obstacles that stand in our way.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (K-2ND)

ICEBREAKER

Whats your favorite tablet/phone/video game?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

Psalm 24:10

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY

Play Red Rover with another group, and see who can break down the other groups wall.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Read Joshua 5:13-6:20

Who was Joshua?

What city did God tell Joshua to attack?

What was Jerichos main defense against invasion?

How did God tear down the wall of Jericho?

What should we do when we face obstacles in our lives?

SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

We know that you can overcome all things, and we ask you to tear down the obstacles that come our way.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION (3RD-5TH)

ICEBREAKER

Whats your favorite tablet/phone/video game?

MEMORY VERSE ACTIVITY

Psalm 24:10

Ask the kids what they think the writer was trying to say when he wrote these words. Then ask them how this verse is connected to todays story.

SMALL GROUP GAME/ACTIVITY

Play Red Rover with another group, and see who can break down the other groups wall.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Read Joshua 5:13-6:20

Why did the Israelites have to attack Jericho?

What was Jerichos main defense against invasion?

How did God tear down the wall of Jericho?

What should we do when we face obstacles in our lives?

How is God glorified through the obstacles we face?

SIMPLE PRAYER

Dear God,

We know that you can overcome all things, and we ask you to tear down the obstacles that come our way.

In Jesusname,

Amen

 

For your convenience, you can also download the entire PDF version of this Fall of Jericho Children's Ministry Lesson (just click the link). 

Here's a video from Saddleback kids that you might find helpful to go along with your Sunday School Lesson on the Fall of Jericho. 

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