Lesson One

Introduction to The Bible File

Lesson Two

Dressing the Stage

Lesson Three(A)

Creation

Lesson Three (B)

Abraham & Joseph

Lesson Three (C)

Moses & Joshua

Lesson Three (D)

Three Societies

Lesson Three (E)

Silence

Lesson Three (F)

Jesus

Lesson Four

The Bible Story in Quick Time

Lesson Five (A)

Biblical Bedrock Part 1

Lesson Five (B)

Biblical Bedrock Part 2

Lesson Six

The Opened Bible

Lesson Seven

Setting Up The Books: Lining Up The Old Testament

Lesson Eight

Setting Up The Books: The New Testament Comes Together

Lesson Nine

Conclusion

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Lesson Three (C)

Moses and Joshua, the third and fourth of the 4 great people.

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Life Application from: The MOSES File

Moses sent the 12 spies northward to explore and research the land of Canaan, the country promised to them by God through their ancestor, Abraham. The men returned with proof of that land’s abundance along with stories of a strong defensive and idolatrous people living there.

Of the 12 spies sent out, Caleb and Joshua firmly believed that God gave the Israelites the Land and would protect them as they went in to take it; however, the majority of the people – waiting in the wilderness — were afraid to go in. They longed for the so-called comforts of Egypt! The people didn’t want to go, so they were forced to wander for 40 years in the wilderness.

Application #1

Lesson: the majority is not always right, but God's Word is! God rescued the Hebrews from Egypt and slavery. He provided safety through the waters along with food and water for nourishment. Even after all the miracles, some still complained and wanted to return to the comforts of Egypt. Praise and thanksgiving for God’s blessings are necessary at all times. Complaining is serious business.
FOR THE GROUP: God will bless a grateful people; in time, He will punish a resentful, lustful, complaining people. Which category do we choose to live in? Talk about such decisions and their life-style and spiritual implications.

Application #2

As we get older and become more mature both as adults and as Christians, there are remembered times when we clearly (or not so clearly) heard from God directions for our life movements and decisions. Moses heard such a direction and disobeyed. In Numbers 20, he struck that rock, having been clearly told by God to speak to it. Yes, the water gushed forth, for the good of the people, but Moses' disobedience prevented him from ever entering that Promised Land himself that had beckoned him for decades.?He apparently struck the rock in anger. There was a heavy price he had to pay .

FOR THE GROUP:

Have the students describe a time when, out of anger or without forethought, someone’s decision produced a negative effect in their personal lives. What can be learned from following Scriptural mandates for our behavior in all areas of our lives?

Life Application from: The JOSHUA File

Joshua, one of the two spies who believed God’s promises while still out in the wilderness, became one of Israel's greatest leaders, the one to finally take the Israelites into the Promised Land. He was to cleanse that land of the people who were totally evil and idolatrous.

After seven years of military campaigns, up and down the Land, he did finally divide the land inheritance among the 12 tribes. However, Joshua and his armies did not complete the job of cleaning up the Land as God has directed. Israel’s future history -- directly during Solomon's time -- reaped the results of his error.

Application #1

When we are given an assignment – whether serving God or not – do we start the job, but never complete it, or just do a shoddy performance? Do we perform each of our tasks as if being carried out for God, anyway? Maybe it’s difficult, or uncomfortable or out of public notice. To fulfill God’s plan we must finish His assignments to us just as well as we possibly can, no matter the task, its size or its place of hidden or public notice.

FOR THE GROUP:

What were some of the results of Joshua's failure to completely cleanse the land of its idolatrous earlier inhabitants? Can students name any events in contemporary history where failure to accomplish the mission caused extreme difficulties in later times. So what does this mean for our own lives?

Application #2


If we follow the world's news day to day, we quickly realize that many decisions by national or local leaders produce "unintended consequences." Whereas, if wisdom and foresight are applied to decisions, perhaps more positive events would have been the result.

FOR THE GROUP:

Have students describe incidents in which their own decisions produced some unintended consequences -- either good or bad. What lessons were learned from those experiences? Were God's precepts followed in the decision process?