By Gail Marsh
You’ll need a large open area to play this game. Choose one person to be the King of Jericho. Give that person a crown or some kind of identifying hat so other children can easily see who is IT.
Explain: One person is the king of Jericho. Choose a student. Place the crown or hat on his or her head. Everyone else will be spies. As I count, all of the spies will move around the area. Explain the game boundaries. As I’m counting to ten, the king will keep his eyes closed. As soon as I say, “Ten,” the king will open his eyes and all the spies will freeze. All the spies will become statues. If the king sees a statue moving, I’ll choose a new king. Spies may move as long as the king doesn’t see you move. Play a practice round with an adult as king and another adult as one of the spies to demonstrate. Make sure everyone understands the rules. Play until everyone who wants to be “king” has had the chance.
Sit down and talk about the activity. How did God protect the spies in the story of Joshua? He had Rahab hide the spies from the king. How was Rahab rewarded for helping God’s people? The Israelites saved Rahab and her family when Jericho was destroyed.
Sometimes, when we follow God’s plan, we are rewarded, too. By obeying our parents, we avoid bad consequences. When we obey God’s plan and forgive someone who hurt us, we feel better and happier, too!
Sometimes, though, we are not rewarded when we follow God’s plan. Sometimes we may feel worse. When we are kind, bullies may keep on calling us names. When we do our homework, we may miss out on something else we really, really want to do. Who can give another example? Discuss the examples volunteers suggest.
Always, always, though, God loves us. Always, always he wants the very best for us. Because of Jesus, God always, always forgives us. Following God’s plan is always best. Always! It may not always feel best. But it always is best. Feelings are not always a good guide. The Word of God always is the best guide.
Editor’s note: Today’s activity is slightly adapted from one of CTA’s digital event guides for children, Warriors of Faith.
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Editor’s note: Always, always, though, God loves us. Always, always he wants the very best for us. Because of Jesus, God always, always forgives us. Following God's plan is always best. Always!