God calls the people to make a choice, speaking through Joshua: “choose this day whom you will serve…”
Joshua then states that he and his family will serve the Lord. Take a look at the whole text of Joshua 24:15:
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
This is the same choice before our families. Will we serve the gods of the world around us, or will we serve the Lord?
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As for Me and My House We Will Serve the Lord
Take a look at the way several versions translate Joshua 24:15b. There are a few differences, but most versions use similar wording:
- But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – ESV
- But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” – NIV
- But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” – NLT
- but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – KJV
- but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” – NASB
- As for me and my family, we will worship Yahweh.” – HCSB
As Christian families, we make the same decision. Will we follow the Lord? I love Joshua 24:15b as an affirmative statement for our home.
Communicate to your kids that “as for our household, we will serve the Lord!” This fun Joshua 24:15 craft is a fun way for your kids to affirm that your home is a godly home.
Joshua 24 15 Craft
Check out this fun video I made of the Joshua 24:15 craft!
As For Me and My House Craft Supplies
- Printable Template with Copywork Cards
Creating Your As For Me and My House Craft
Before you get started on the craft, read Joshua 24:1-28. Talk about:
- What the Lord had done for the people of Israel.
- The Israelites brought idols with them from Egypt. What choice did God call them to make through Joshua?
- What choice did the people make?
- What did Joshua say about their commitment?
- Talk to your kids about the choice your family has made to follow Jesus. Discuss how we can seek forgiveness when we sin.
1) Write the last part of Joshua 24:15b in the version of your choice.
Print the As for Me and My House cards on cardstock. Have your child write the last part of Joshua 24:15b on the card in the version of your choice. Talk about the fact that the English Bible is translated from Hebrew, Aramaic, and the Old Testament. Some versions say “as for me and my house,” some say “household,” and some say “family,” but all mean the same thing.
Cut out the Bible verse card. It will be the base for your house craft.
2) Print and cut out the template pieces.
Print the template page from step-by-step instructions and cut out the pieces.
Lay the template pieces over the cardstock in the colors your child would like to use for the house. Trace the pieces on the cardstock and cut out the pieces.
3) Fold the body of your house.
Use the lines of the template to make the vertical creases on the house template.
Apply glue to the small tab at the end of the house.
Fold the house into a box along the creases and press the tab with glue on it to the far end of the cardstock.
4) Put a door and window on the house.
Glue the door and window, which you cut from the template, onto the front of the house.
Decorate the door and window with pens. Your child can even draw grass and flowers onto the walls if he or she would like.
5) Put a roof on the house.
Glue the roof to the top of the house.
6) Glue the house to the Bible verse card.
Glue the paper house to the Bible verse card.
Display your house and card somewhere your child will see it as a reminder of your family commitment.
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