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The Twelve Spies

To Remember: Our strength comes from God, not ourselves.
Lesson
Number 13-14, Deut. 1:19-46
One of the Israelites' big problems was fear. They feared they would be left alone against the wilderness, against the Canaanites, against their own physical needs of hunger and thirst. God had provided all they needed. He had taken them through these difficulties to show them He would always care for them. But when it came time for God to give them what they wanted -- a place of their own, a land full of food, freedom as a nation -- they were too scared of the Canaanites to believe God would provide.

What things do we ask for, but then refuse to pursue, because we think we have to do it on our own?
Activity: Have students act out the lesson.

Activity:
Have students compare the giants to God, listing each's strengths. Note that the Israelites were comparing the giants to themselves (grasshoppers) instead of to God.

Sing:
I may never march in the infantry

Memory Work:
Numbers 14:8 If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land which flows with milk and honey.
True or False
  1. The spies were gone for two weeks.     F
  2. The spies lied about the strength of the Canaanites.   F
  3. Joshua was the only spy that believed God would help them.     F (Caleb too)
  4. The Israelites were afraid of the Canaanites.        T
  5. God punished the Israelites for their speaking against Him.       T
Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. Name three words that start with SP.
  2. Name the first five books of the Bible.
  3. Rhyme two words with spy.
  activity questions
  1. Put together ten commandments puzzle.
  2. Act out Joshua proclaiming God's ability to deliver them.
  3. Play a quick game of follow the leader.
  emotion questions
  1. How did the Israelites feel when the spies reported?
  2. How did Joshua and Caleb feel when the people would not believe in God?
  3. How do you think God felt when the Israelites refused to trust him?
application questions
  1. Is anything so strong it will keep God from fulfilling his promises?
  2. Are we responsible for our influence on others?
  3. Does God expect us to do everything ourselves?
fact questions
  1. How many spies said God would give them the land?
  2. How big were the grapes the spies brought back?
  3. What type of people frightened the spies?
review questions
  1. What book in the Bible is named for one of the spies?
  2. What had God promised the Israelites about the land?
  3. Who got to go into Canaan after 40 years?
 

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