A message from Mrs Brown:
Week Commencing 29/06/2020
Old Testament Characters – 1: Caleb
AIM: To be inspired by Caleb and to examine our life in the light of his life and challenges.
BIBLE PASSAGES TO READ TOGETHER:
Numbers 13:27-33 = https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+13%3A27-33&version=NIVUK
Numbers 14:5-8, 24, 38 = https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers+14%3A5-8&version=NIVUK
Deuteronomy 1:35-36 = https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+1%3A35-36%3B+&version=NIVUK
Joshua 14:7-14 = https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+14%3A7-14%3B+&version=NIVUK
Judges 3:9-10 = https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+3%3A9-10&version=NIVUK
Caleb was an Israelite who went out on a limb for God. Ten out of twelve spies that were sent into the Promised Land focused on danger and fear and when they returned to the Israelite camp, Caleb knew that God could be victorious over all the dangers they would face. That fear of the unknown or of perceived dangers is still with us today. Caleb has a lot to teach us all about trusting God in difficult situations.
Ask someone in your home to share something about their last few days; what has made them happy? What has brought a smile to their face? Then share your own good and bad things.
Today’s story is all about trust in difficult and challenging situations. With this in mind, think about these questions:
A. Write down something you find easy. Explain why this is no problem for you.
B. Write down something you find difficult and challenging. Explain why you think this is so tricky for you.
C. Lots of people find riddles a challenge. Can you work these 3 out (without checking the answers at the end)?
i. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I?
ii. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I'm quick when I'm thin and slow when I'm fat. The wind is my enemy.
iii. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I?
EXPLORING THE BIBLE STORY:
Read Numbers 13:27-33, Numbers 14:5-8 and Numbers 14:24-38.
The Israelites have left slavery in Egypt after some powerful miracles, they have crossed the wilderness and are approaching the land of Canaan that God has promised them. Caleb and Joshua have gone out with others to spy the land and are bringing back a report for Moses and the people.
1. Write down all the words you might use to describe Caleb. What does this tell you about his character – what sort of person was he?
Read Deuteronomy 1:35-36 and Joshua 14:7-14.
Caleb had to wait nearly 40 years while God dealt with those around him who did not believe, but God never wavered on his promise to Caleb. As a much older man, Caleb was given the whole land of Hebron.
Finally, read Judges 3:9-10.
Years later, after Joshua and Caleb had died, the people of Israel were in need again, being oppressed by the King of Aram. They had no leader and God raised up Caleb’s son, Othniel. Othniel had learned from his father and was willing and ready to serve God. He stepped up and helped to deliver the Israelites from oppression. We are told that the land then had peace for 40 years. Caleb had to wait 40 years to inherit the Promised Land that God had prepared for them. But later on, God granted Caleb’s family 40 years of peace in that land under his son.
2. Look back at your words to describe Caleb. What more could you add now?
3. What is Caleb’s response to the rebellion of the people?
4. Would you have responded in the same way?
5. If the other spies had known what was going to happen, do you think they would have agreed with Caleb in the first place? Why? Why not?
6. What does the story of Caleb tell you about God?
7. What does it look like to follow God wholeheartedly?
8. What do you think it means to be a ‘courageous Christian’?
CREATIVE RESPONSE: ‘Life is a roller coaster’
On a plain piece of paper, draw your life as a roller coaster. In the uphill sections and the ‘dips’ write examples when life is difficult – when you needed to trust others and God. On the downhill sections and the ‘peaks’ write examples of when life is good. This could be in your past, now or what you think might happen in the future.
You can thank God for both – being with you when it’s tough and joining in with the joy when it’s great.
Thank you for the story of Caleb,
Thank you for his example of trust, patience, obedience and courage.
Help us to trust in you more when we find life challenging,
Help us to celebrate with you when life is good.
Material adapted from: YCW Magazine Author: Alex Taylor
3 riddles answers:
i. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I? An echo
ii. You measure my life in hours and I serve you by expiring. I'm quick when I'm thin and slow when I'm fat. The wind is my enemy. A candle
iii. I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I? A map