Crossing the Jordan - Ark of the Covenant - November1, 2020

Bible Study “Crossing The Jordan – Ark Of The Covenant”

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Do you have a special gifts that someone has given you or an item that belongs or belonged to someone special (a book, photo, letter, an old ticket stub, jewellery, toy, etc.)?

Do you remember that person or the event every time you see the item?

Can you think of the things that help you remember someone?

“We have been studying about the Promised Land for many weeks, now. Today we are going to read about the people finally entering the land. It was a very special day that the people would remember for a long time. God wanted to make sure they would remember so He had the people build something to remind them. Every time they saw the item they would remember the day.

Let’s read about how Joshua led the Israelites into the Promise Land.

Please open your Bibles to Joshua 3: 7-17 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Joshua 3: 7-17

7 And the Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’”

9 Joshua said to the Israelites, “Come here and listen to the words of the Lord your God. 10 This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. 11 See, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth will go into the Jordan ahead of you. 12 Now then, choose twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe. 13 And as soon as the priests who carry the ark of the Lord—the Lord of all the earth—set foot in the Jordan, its waters flowing downstream will be cut off and stand up in a heap.”

14 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 15 Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, 16 the water from upstream stopped flowing. It piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. 17 The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground.


The Ark of the Covenant is a chest that was built after God commanded Moses to do so. God gave Moses lengthy instructions on how to build the Ark of the Covenant, because it was to be carrying important things. The chest was built to carry the Ten Commandments as the Israelites journeyed to the Promised Land. Some say that it only contained the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments. (1 Kings 8:9 and 2 Chronicles 5:10) Others say that it also contained Aaron’s rod and a golden pot filled with manna. (Hebrews 9:4).


Reflection Questions:

  • What was your favorite part of this story?
  • Does this story sounds like another one that we heard about Moses?
  • What do you think it felt like to walk on the dry ground with the Jordan rising up in a single heap?
  • What do you think the Israelites were feeling as they crossed into the Promised Land?


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Overview: Joshua 

The Israelites Crossed the Jordan River 

The Ark of the Covenant 

When the Jordan River Stopped for Joshua


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What Was the Ark of the Covenant? Its Meaning and Significance

What did the Ark look like? (Exodus 25:10-22, 37:1-9) It was made of acacia wood, 2 ½ cubits long, 1 ½ cubit wide, and 1 ½ high with gold overlay inside and out. It had 4 rings, two on each side, attached to the feet of the box. The poles that went through the rings were also made of acacia wood and overlain with gold. The poles were used to carry the ark. It had a cover that was made of pure gold with two pure gold cherubim or angels sitting on it. There was one angel on each end of the cover, with the two angels facing one another, with their wings outstretched and touching each other. (a cubit, is about 18 inches long.) (There are many pictures of replicas of the Ark online if you wanted to show the children a picture.)

The Ark served as a reminder of God’s presence with the people of Israel, carrying the Ten Commandments and reminders of God’s presence in the angel, the Ark was always put in a special tabernacle when the Israelites made camp. The Ark was a physical reminder of all that God had done for them and given to them.

I wonder, if you had an Ark, what would you put in it to remind you of God’s presence, of God’s commandments, and of God’s guidance?

Creating an Ark of the Covenant


• Small Box 

• Gold Paint OR Gold wrapping paper to wrap the boxes in

• Tape

• Glue

• Scissors

• Copies of the angels and wings

• Markers

• Sticks for the poles (you could alternatively use popsicle sticks or similar)

• Small gold paperclips

• Hot glue (for the teacher not the children to use)

Paint the box gold or cover the box with gold paper.

Color the angel and the wings, on both sides.

Glue the wings on each side of the angel and fold the bottom of the angel over just slightly so you can glue it onto the box.

Hot glue the paperclips on to each end of the box so they are sticking out the side and then string the sticks through them for the poles


Make a relief map of the Promised Land.

It should be dry by next week so that you can paint it. Each week you will be able to add more details as you learn more about Canaan. Instructions on how to make a relief map at


Prayer: Gracious and loving God, thank you for guiding us each day and helping us see you in the things around us. Help us to remember your holy and life giving ways as we go out into the world. Amen