Justice vs. Corruption
"Taking PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to uphold what is pure, right, and true"
JUSTICE A Five-Minute Lesson for Children
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed by Trudy Pettibone
Bible Teacher, Cincinnati, Ohio
April 11, 2002
Taking personal responsibility to uphold what is pure, right, and true.
BIBLICAL EXAMPLE - CALEB Numbers 13-14
Caleb was a young man who came out of Egypt with the Israelites (1445 BC). As the Israelites approached the promised land they were traveling to, their leader Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the new land. Caleb was one of the spies. The twelve men saw bunches of grapes that had to be carried by two men. They said the land really did flow with milk and honey, which is what God had told them through Moses, their leader. The spies also saw giant people living in the land, and this scared them. When the twelve men came back from spying out the land, they told of the wonderful and scary things they had seen, the big fruit, and also the big people. Ten of the spies were afraid of the giant people, so they said that the people should not try to go into that land. Caleb, and a young man named Joshua, said that they should certainly go into the land and conquer it. Caleb knew that God was on the side of the Israelites and had promised them the land (Deuteronomy 11:21-25). The ten men who were afraid were able to persuade the people, and the people started mumbling against Moses. Caleb was very unhappy that the people did not want to do what was right and true in God’s sight. God told all the other grownups that they would not be able to go into the land. All of them would die as they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. Only Caleb and Joshua would be able to go into the land (Numbers 14:29-32). God said that because Caleb had a different spirit, and obeyed him, he would live and be able to go into the land.
Joshua became the leader of the people, and led the next generation of people into the promised land. Caleb, even though he did not get rewarded with great leadership, continued to uphold what is pure, right and true. When they entered the promised land, Caleb was given the land of Hebron, which had been promised to him. This was another reward for following the Lord. Caleb had to run some people out of his new land, but these were people who did not follow the Lord God. When Caleb’s married daughter wanted a piece of land, Caleb saw that it was right to give it to her. Caleb married and had sons and daughters. He led them always to obey God.
It would have been easy for Caleb to go along with the 10 other spies, and tell the people that they should not go into the land. It was more important for Caleb to uphold what he knew was right and true. Caleb knew that the people had the protection and leadership of God, and that God would fight with them. Caleb wanted to do what was right and true. God had promised the land to the people, and Caleb knew God would keep his promise. The Bible never tells us anything bad about Caleb. He was a just and true person.
Discussion Questions: Divide into small groups with a leader for each group.
- Do you know what a majority is? Do you think the majority is always right? Was Caleb in the majority?
- Do you think it was hard or easy for Caleb to stand against the 10 spies and the people? Why do you think that?
- Could you stand up against a lot of people who were doing wrong if you thought you knew the right way?
- What kind of things do you think happen in your school that are not right that you might stand up against?
- Identify two things in your school, your home or with your friends that are not right.
- Take steps to stand up against them this week.
- Ask God to help you.
- Plan to tell the class about them next week.
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