Two Men Went to Pray
This is an important story, especially for the “church kid”. This was especially convicting for me when I was much younger because I had the attitude of the self-righteous Pharisee. Jesus told this parable “to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” We must teach our kids that even though they may think they are pretty good compared to other people…if they do not have love and think they are better than others, their faith does not please the LORD. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3) Two men went to the temple to pray. One was basically praying to himself…bragging that he was not like all of the sinners he knew…even mentioning the tax collector! He boasted that he fasted and gave generous gifts to God while the tax collector stood afar off and could not even lift his eyes to heaven. He smote himself on his chest and begged God to be merciful to him, acknowledging his sins.
“Be Merciful to me…”
Jesus told the listeners of this parable that the tax collector went home justified.”…For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Make sure you go over the definitions of righteous, humbles, exalts and justified and merciful. You will also want to explain why the tax collectors were hated in Jewish society. Worksheets and instructions are posted at kidsbible.wordpress.com (10/30/2012)
“Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of things he possesses…” Luke 12:15
Parable of the Rich Fool
The man in this parable had been blessed with a bountiful harvest…after planting the seed , the LORD blessed the ground with sunshine and rain and a bumper crop was the result. Notice he does not ask God what he should do with “his” surplus, but decides to put a lot of extra work into tearing down his old barns and building greater ones making the erroneous assumption that he would be around a long time to enjoy his surplus. The LORD called him a fool because that very night his soul was being “recalled”, and he was entering eternity a pauper ! How can we teach kids to be “rich toward God”? First we must be good examples of having embraced contentment. ( 1 Timothy 6:6-8) “…but godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing (covering), with these we shall be content…”and later on in the chapter Paul gives Timothy instructions to the wealthy…to be rich in good works and willing to share , “storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come…”
The Parable of the Rich Fool
Half of the worksheet is a coloring page. The other side can be used for a collage utilizing pictures from magazines to show what we can be greedy for: sports equipment, electronic gadgets, luxury items, toys, collectables…anything that is hoarded and is in excess of what we need to be content. The figure and verse then can be cut out and glued on top of the collage Another option is to use the space for drawing your own illustrations.
Sandwiched in between a very important parable on prayer in which Jesus ends with the haunting words…”When the Son of Man comes shall He find faith on the earth?” and the description of what His coming will be like ; we find this exhortation, “Remember Lot’s wife.” When was the last time we asked ourselves…”am I in the habit of remembering Lot’s wife?” Lot lived in a society that was being judged for it’s pride, over-abundance of food, idleness and prosperous ease and they did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. Ezekiel writes…”They were haughty and committed abominations before me”. (hm-m-m, does this sound familiar ?) It was not enough that Lot’s wife had been given the information from the angels God had sent. She was given the means of escape as the angels griped her hands and hastened her out of the city. This infamous, un-named woman was also given a warning to not look back but to flee for her life . Her heart’s desire was back in Sodom and that caused her to lag behind Lot, and gaze longingly at what was being destroyed. Sadly, the Bible tells us she “became a pillar of salt.” Let us draw near to our great and awesome God, repent of our worldliness , and cry out to Him “always…and not give up.”
Please use card stock for the worksheet as the kids will be gluing salt on the figure after coloring. Moisture forms on the back of the page so putting a strip of duct tape the length of the figure will add strength. Mix some clear, iridescent glitter with salt and give kids about 2 tablespoons each, in tiny cups. Put a thick coating of tacky glue on the figure of Lot’s wife, and then cover completely with the salt mixture.
Lightly pat salt into glue and throw away residue. Have the kids write the verse from Luke 18:8 in the space as shown above in the sample, and make sure you include the parable of the widow and the unjust judge in your lesson. I would rather emphasize this portion of the Bible for children, teaching the importance of prayer and faithful, godly living than having to wrestle with a G-rating for Genesis 19