The Tribes Renew the Covenant - November 8, 2020

Bible Study “The Tribes Renew the Covenant”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.



Do you have to make hard decisions or choices?  What are they?

When you make decisions or choices, do you understand the consequences?


Let’s read about how the Israelites are going to have to make a really important decision.  Joshua is asking them to make a decision.   

Please open your Bibles to Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Joshua 24: 1-3a, 14-25

When Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.

2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. 3 But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,

14 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods! 17 It was the Lord our God himself who brought us and our parents up out of Egypt, from that land of slavery, and performed those great signs before our eyes. He protected us on our entire journey and among all the nations through which we traveled. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the nations, including the Amorites, who lived in the land. We too will serve the Lord, because he is our God.”

19 Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord. He is a holy God; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins. 20 If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, he will turn and bring disaster on you and make an end of you, after he has been good to you.”

21 But the people said to Joshua, “No! We will serve the Lord.”

22 Then Joshua said, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen to serve the Lord.”

“Yes, we are witnesses,” they replied.

23 “Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the Lord, the God of Israel.”

24 And the people said to Joshua, “We will serve the Lord our God and obey him.”

25 On that day Joshua made a covenant for the people, and there at Shechem he reaffirmed for them decrees and laws.


Reflection Questions:

  • What did you like about the story today?
  • Do you think it was hard for the Israelites to make their choice as to who to serve?
  • What we would say to Joshua if we had to make that choice?
  • What are some examples of modern-day idols that people place before God?


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Following God (Using a Labyrinth with response time)

In today’s lesson, we hear the Israelites having to make a really important decision. Joshua is asking them to decide whether they are going to follow God or if they are going to follow multiple gods. They have to make a choice that will affect the rest of their lives! To make such a choice, they look back on their experience and the experience of their ancestors to think about who God has been in their lives.

Today, we are going to use something called a Labyrinth to help us focus and see where God is in our lives. The Labyrinth may look like a maze, but it isn’t. A maze is something you can get lost in and may not find your way out, a trap. A Labyrinth is a path you follow, and as you twist and turn your way through, you pray for guidance and ask God to guide you. When you reach the middle, you pause to reflect and then wind your way back out of the Labyrinth. Many people use these when they have to make important decision because the Labyrinth gives them focus as they pray about their decision.


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As you use your Labyrinth, pray about how you choose God, just as the Israelites chose God.

How is God guiding you?  Use the labyrinths below. You can color your Labyrinth as you trace it, or you can simply follow the path. You may want to use different colors going in and out. Once you have traced your Labyrinth, you will be given some response time to create something that represents how you choose God in your life or who God is for you.


Prayer: Gracious and loving God, thank you for guiding us each day as we try to serve you and those around us. Be with us and help us to remember that in serving you, we are given the gift of love from you.  Amen