In this 3rd grade lesson, we study the Old Testament figures of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Samuel.
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An Angel Appears to the Israelites
by Gustave Dore
When Moses died, God chose a man named Joshua to be the new leader of the Israelites. Joshua would lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, Canaan. Canaan was very large!
But people already lived in Canaan. And they weren't too happy to have more people moving in. They were a very sinful people and they refused to be sorry for anything they did.
Joshua knew he had to take over the city of Jericho. Joshua knew that there were a lot of ways he could do this, but he listened to God. When we wait on God’s plan, we will find that His way is so much easier than our own.
With Joshua in charge, the Israelites were able to conquer more cities in the land of Canaan. Each of the twelve tribes of Israel took one part of Canaan.
Samson’s story is found in the book of Judges. The Philistines were one of the people who did not get along with the Israelites. In one of the tribes of Israel, a boy named Samson was born. Samson was very strong. His strength came from his hair, and God told his mother to never cut it.
A woman named Delilah tricked Samson into thinking that she loved him. One day he told her about his hair.
When Samson went to sleep, Delilah let the Philistines into his tent, and they cut his hair. When he woke up he couldn't fight. They poked his eyes out and put him in jail.
Later, the Philistines had a big party. They brought Samson out to mock him. They tied him to a pillar. Nobody noticed that his hair had started to grow back.
Samson pushed the pillars over and the roof fell in. All of the Philistines died, but so did Samson. Samson gave His life to save his people. Does this sound familiar?
Once there was a man named Elimelech who lived in Bethlehem. He belonged to the tribe of Judah. This is the tribe that Jesus comes from. Elimelech was married to Naomi, and they had two sons. Both sons married women from Moab. Sadly, Elimelech and his sons died, leaving their wives all alone.
Naomi told her daughter in laws to go back to their families. Naomi went back to her family in Bethlehem. One of the girls, Ruth, stayed with Naomi. She said to Naomi,
" Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if even death parts me from you.”
A man named Boaz owned very large fields and he was related to Naomi’s Elimelech.... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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