“...As I was with Moses, so I will be with you….”
Opening Prayer Led by Group Leader
Pray the Psalm together aloud, alternating verses between two sides. When finished, share reflections as a group
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand; but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your habitation,
10 no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent.
11 For he will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder, the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.
14 Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
A New Leader of Israel
1. Joshua is the “closer”. He becomes the leader at the end of the journey, but with the largest obstacle immediately before him. What unique skills does it take to be a closer? How was Joshua prepared for this unique role by Moses and by God? How is this a model for training your children to be “closers”?
2. In the opening dialogue, (vv. 2-9) how many verses of reassurance are there before God gives a warning to Joshua? Compare this to how you give warnings to your children. How can this model inform how to better warn your children?
3. Joshua inherits a flock that belonged to Moses for 40 years. When have you inherited a flock that belonged to someone else? (i.e. replaced a manager at work, adopted children, took a new job). Evaluate Joshua’s actions in this transition. What does he do well?
4. God commands Joshua to be strong and courageous. Why does God command strength and courage in this situation instead of encouraging these qualities? When is it appropriate for a Patriarch to command his children to be strong and courageous?
Choose a resolution for this week from the suggestions below or make your own. Tap on a resolution to email it to yourself:
1. I will train my children to complete a project that I will begin and will ask them to finish by themselves.
2. I will discuss with my wife areas that we can increase each our children’s responsibilities around the house.
3. I will praise one good characteristic of each of my children before I warn them of consequences for misbehavior.
4. I will bring adoption of a child to prayer and will discuss what I hear in prayer with my wife.
5. I will invite my children to share at dinner about a situation where they overcame fear.
6. I will invite my children to share at dinner about a situation where they are afraid and ask them how they can best face their fear.
7. I will share a story with my family of a time I was afraid, but was “commanded to be strong and courageous”.
Discuss with your prayer partner the success/failure of your previous resolution & offer a vocal prayer for one another.
Scripture quotations are from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible—Second Catholic Edition (Ignatius Edition) copyright © 2006 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.