This is the final lesson in the series and thereby should sum up the main idea of the entire six week series: keeping the faith. Joshua is important to us because his struggles are our struggles. He finds himself in an enemy land with the call to live by the law of God. We have that same calling. Sometimes, we find it difficult to handle this calling in the honorable way that Joshua does, and we find ourselves handling this calling in a way more similar to the Israelites after Joshua has died. Those Israelites choose not to follow God’s will and do as they wish. Sometimes we do the same. But as we learned in last week’s lesson, what is important is that when we realize what we have failed to live up to our calling, that we put our bodies back up on the altar to God as living sacrifices.
The story of Joshua is a story that is integrally important to our lives today as Christians. It is a story that we can all relate to. Joshua’s story is our story. He finds himself attempting to lead a nation and live in a Godly way in an enemy land. We can directly identify with his struggles to keep his fellow Israelites pure and to keep himself pure.
This six week series has a firm foundation in the text and in historical study. It is based upon three summers worth of research and teaching that I have done in the book of Joshua. While it is grounded firmly in the text and in history, I have done my best to keep these details from interfering with the flow of the lesson plan, choosing to insert them into the lesson as a sidebar or simply include these facts at the conclusion of the lesson.
Each lesson includes discussion questions as well as an introduction section as an aid for the teacher. I recommend, to best execute this lesson series, that you as the teacher first read the text that is covered (marked under the lesson number in the top right hand corner of the first page of each lesson) and then proceed to read through the lesson plan, tailoring it to your own personal style and tastes.