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The Book of Joshua Simplified for Kids

Joshua Becomes the Leader

When Moses died, Yahweh chose Joshua, Moses’s helper, to lead the Israelites. He told Joshua to be strong and be brave because he was going to give him the promised land.

The first step Joshua took was to send two spies to the city of Jericho — a city surrounded by walls. When the spies entered the city, they stayed at the house of a woman named Rahab.

The king of Jericho heard about the spies, and told Rahab to send them out so he could arrest them. But Rahab hid the spies under a pile of plants she was drying in the sun on her rooftop, and then she lied to the king, saying that the spies had already left. She did this because she, and everyone else, had heard about the great things Yahweh had already done for the Israelites, and she was afraid that the Israelites would defeat the city of Jericho. So she asked the spies to promise to protect her and her family when they came back to attack, and the spies agreed. With that, Rahab snuck the spies out of the city.

The Jordan River

The Israelites were still camped along the banks of the Jordan River, so Yahweh told them to walk into the river and he would stop the flow so they could cross.

When the priests stepped into the water’s edge, the water stopped flowing and all the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry land.

When they made camp, they had a feast of food to celebrate Passover — the first real food they had eaten since they left Egypt. On that day Yahweh stopped providing bread from heaven. Now they had food of their own to eat.

Jericho Falls

Yahweh then told Joshua that he would defeat Jericho. He gave Joshua instructions on what to do. The army of men should march around the city walls one time a day for six days. On the seventh day, they should march around the city walls seven times while priests blew their horns.

Joshua told his men not to say a word until the seventh time around on the seventh day. But when he gave a signal, they should shout with all their might. If they did that, the walls would fall down.

The army did as they were told, and sure enough, the walls came down. They ran into the city and killed everyone — except for Rahab and her family.

Dividing the Land

After much fighting and the defeat of 31 kings and their kingdoms, it was time to divide the land. Each of the 12 tribes of the Israelites received a specific portion of the land to live on, cultivate, and build. After the land was divided, the people went off to their new homes.

Joshua died at the age of 110. He was buried in the promised land.

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