Chapter 23


“Chapter 23: Joshua,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 91–94


Jesus chose Joshua to be the prophet after Moses. Jesus told Joshua to lead the Israelites into the promised land. Other people were living there. Jesus would help the Israelites get the land.

Israelite spies

Joshua sent spies across the river into the promised land. The spies came back. They told Joshua the people in the land were afraid of the Israelites. The Israelites came to the Jordan River.

Israelites carrying ark of the covenant

The Israelites were ready to cross the Jordan River. The priests carried the ark of the covenant into the river. The water stopped. The Israelites crossed the river on dry ground. Jesus was helping Joshua the way that he had helped Moses.

priests with the ark

Then the priests carried the ark of the covenant to the other side. The water started again.

walls of Jericho

Joshua led the Israelites to the city of Jericho. Jericho had high walls around it. The people of Jericho closed the city gates to keep the Israelites out. The people in Jericho thought they were safe.

angel speaking to Joshua

Jesus sent an angel to Joshua. The angel told Joshua how to capture Jericho. Joshua obeyed the angel.

Israelites marching

Joshua told some priests to carry the ark of the covenant in front of the army. The army marched around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days.

seven priests blowing horns

Seven priests blew their horns. The other men did not make any noise.

Israelites shouting

On the seventh day the army marched around Jericho seven times. Then Joshua told all the men to shout. They shouted. The walls of Jericho fell down. They captured Jericho. Jesus had helped the Israelites.

people running away

All the people heard that the Israelites had captured Jericho. They were afraid. They knew Jesus was helping Joshua and the Israelites. Joshua led the people from city to city. They captured all the promised land.

promised land

This was the land God promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. God had told Joseph, Moses, and Joshua that this land would be the land of Israel. God kept his promise.

Joshua reading commandments

Joshua built an altar to burn sacrifices. All the people met together. Joshua read the commandments Jesus gave Moses.

man plowing field

Then Joshua divided the land into twelve parts. He gave one part of the land to each tribe of Israel. The people built new homes and cities and farms.

Joshua admonishing people

Joshua became old. He called the leaders of Israel together. He told them God had given them the land. God had helped them win their battles. They could keep the land if they were righteous. They would lose the land if they were wicked.

Joshua speaking to Israelites

Joshua was a great prophet of God. He spoke to all the Israelites. He told them God had blessed them. He told them to obey God. Joshua told them to choose whom they would obey. He said he and his family would obey God. The people went back to their homes. Then Joshua died.