Joshua: Rahab, Crossing the Jordan River & the Battle of Jericho

Sunday, December 8, 2013
I know this lesson is usually divided into several, but I needed to cover the Old Testament in one year. Genesis and Moses were a quarter each, and different people in the Old Testament for the other two quarters. So, this is combined into one lesson. There are so many options for this lesson, too!

Review: Today, we are in the Old Testament book called Joshua. We studied about the 12 spies (one man from each tribe) that went and spied the land of Canaan. They came back with grapes so huge, two men carried them on a pole between them! Not all of the 12 spies had faith that God would protect them. The 10 spies lack of faith made God angry, so because they had searched the land for 40 days, God made the people wander in the wilderness for 40 years. One year for every day. (vs. 34) Jacob and Caleb were the only spies that had faith in God.
Lesson: Bible Scripture is Joshua 2-6. Moses told Joshua he would be the next leader. After Moses died, Joshua sent 2 men to spy out Jericho.
They went to Rahab’s house and stayed there. The king said that there were spies in his city and told Rahab to bring them to him. Instead, she took the two spies and hid them on her roof and covered them with stalks of flax. She told the king that she didn’t know they were spies.
Rahab said that they had left the city after dark, just as the city gates were being closed. She told him that if he chased them quickly, maybe his men could catch them.
Rahab went back to the roof and told the two spies that she had heard about God’s power. She asked if they would save her and her family when they took over the city.
The spies told her “If you keep our visit a secret, we will protect you.” Since Rahab lived on the city wall, she let them down through the window.
The spies told Rahab to make sure everyone stayed in her house when they attacked and to leave a scarlet rope hanging from the window, so they knew which house was Rahab's when they attacked.
Then, they left Rahab and the city and hid in the mountains for three days until they were safe.
Preparing for battle: The priests were carrying the ark of the covenant and the people were following (Joshua 3:14) the priests. They were going to cross the Jordan River that was always flooded over the banks of the river.
The priests dipped their feet into the river, and the water stood still and rose so that everyone crossed over on dry land!
God told Joshua to have the 12 men, the leaders from each of the 12 tribes, to put a stone from the Jordan River onto their shoulder. The stones were eventually taken and set up in Gilgal as a memorial. (Joshua 4:20)
Joshua also set up stones where the priests stood with the ark of the covenant in the Jordan as a memorial. (Joshua 4:9) The people crossed the Jordan River, and then the priests with the ark finished crossing the river.

God told Joshua to have all the men of war march around the city 1 time a day for 6 days and do not talk. The seven priests will carry the rams’ horns each day.
BUT, on the seventh day, you will march around the city seven times and the priests will blow the horns. When they make a long blast with the horns, all the people will shout, and the wall of the city will fall flat!
Joshua told the two spies to get Rahab and her family, and they took them to the Israelites camp for safety. Everyone in Jericho died and they burned the city.
When I usually teach this lesson, I have horns and stack up a bunch of boxes. I have the kids walk around 'Jericho' (the boxes) real quiet. We count the days, then on the '7th' day, they blew the horns, and knocked the boxes over! That's just too much fun!

So, if you divide the lessons, there is an idea for each lesson. I made blue Jell-O Saturday night and made it about 2 inches high. Once it was set, I cut it into about 1" wide slices and whatever length you need for the containers you use. I found the 5 pack of containers at Dollar Tree. I bought graham crackers for the 'dry ground' they crossed over and Smarties for the people walking over. I let the kids put it all together and they stacked and glued the 12 Tribes stones worksheetClick here to print the 12 Stones cut & glue worksheet.
Click here to download the worksheet.
The file includes visuals for Joshua 1-6:
Rahab, The Jordan Crossing and The Battle of Jericho.
There are 35 visuals, so all are not shown.
(These are not included in the application pack.)

Click here to download the pictures to color.
(These are the same as the visuals but are black & white.)
Click here to see the worksheets for this quarter.
You will need a red piece of yarn, string or embroidery floss for this worksheet.

Bible Verse: Joshua 6:27 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. Such a great lesson as always. Not sure I could go without talking that long.

    1. LOL! The kids have a lot more fun with the shouting part! Thanks for the comment!

  2. This looks like a wonderful study of Joshua, thanks for sharing! I found this post through the Hip Homeschool Hop. I would love it if you linked up at my Anything Goes Link-Up!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Angela! I linked up and will be back each week! Thanks for the invite!

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    1. Thanks Ashley! I appreciate you stopping by and the invite! I will have a look at your blog!

  4. Thank you! Going to use for our AWANA club theme night is SPY NIGHT!!! Love to use lessons where I can use the kids to act out or have a hands on activity so it sinks in.

    1. So glad you can use it! Thank you for the comment! I appreciate you stopping by!

  5. Hello Debbie, I continue to love using your materials for my Bible class that I teach to elementary students. Thank you so much for sharing your materials with other people!
    I am working on the lessons on Joshua. I have a request for a spelling correction please.
    When printing the page with the 12 stones from the Jordan River for each of the 12 tribes, I discovered that Reuben is spelled Rueben.
    Can you correct this please?

    Thank you very much,

    Patricia Ready

    1. Thank you for letting me know. This has been corrected and I will work on the others in this series.

  6. I love your lessons so much. I have used several of them over the years. But lately I don't see where you can print just the lesson. I always see the visuals and where you can print them. This is 2021 so things may have changed since you posted these. Thank you again for the hard work.

    1. Yes, sorry! In the beginning, the lessons were on the post and didn't have a download available. Then, I added the lessons. Now, I have to watch the amount of storage I have available, so everything is in one download. The visuals are in their own, because as I update them, I can replace the old ones with the new ones for all the lessons online.


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