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Play the CD and encourage students to spread out in the classroom so they can be somewhat alone. When they are situated in their alone spaces, ask students to spend some time thinking about their Promised Land and how they would like God to lead them to it. What do they want God to do? What do they need to do? Encourage students to spend time in prayer by themselves to close the session.
INSIGHT FROM THE SCRIPTURE:
Continued... Familiarize yourself with Israels story in preparation for this class period. Review the story of Israel in their journey from Egypt to this point where they are ready to enter the Promised Land. Give some thought to how God had supplied all their needs. Why were they so quick to grumble and complain? Why did they not trust Gods provision? They had enjoyed Gods protection. They benefited from Gods provision. Yet when challenges or difficulties were confronted they had so little faith and seemed to forget how God had provided for them in the past.
Amazingly, after hearing the negative report from the ten spies, the Israelites said they were even ready to go back to Israel. Were they serious? Joshua urges them not to rebel against God. He reminds them of Gods presence, but the people have no ears for what he says. When God is ready to destroy the people and make a nation out of Moses and his descendents, Moses pleads with God and haggles with God. Joshua and Caleb tear their clothes, but to no avail.
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