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The Good Samaritan

Application:

Jesus told a parable to show us who our neighbours are, and how we should treat them.

Bible Text:

Luke 10:29-37.

Age Group:

Preschool to Grade 2.

 

 
I will care for you!

A Man is Robbed:

A man was travelling from Jerusalem to a town called Jericho.  As he walked along he admired the flowers and trees that grew along the road.  He came to a part where the road was steep and twisted between giant rocks.  As he went past one rock, suddenly a gang of robbers jumped out and started to beat him with sticks and stones.

They knocked him to the ground and then stripped off his clothes and took all his money and his bag of belongings.  They then ran away leaving him bleeding and half dead.

No Help!

A priest (a religious leader of the Jews) happened to be going down the same way, and when he saw the man, he looked around, and then quickly crossed the road and passed by on the other side!  Was he a good man?   (Let the children respond). No, he was very unkind to leave an injured man just lying there and perhaps bleeding to death!

Next, a Levite (a member of the Levi tribe of priests) also came along, and you know, he did the same thing!  When he saw all the blood and the man lying there, he also crossed over onto the other side of the road and hurried by.  Was he a good man?  (Let the children respond).

A Samaritan gives Help:

Fortunately a Samaritan (who the Jews disliked) was also travelling that way.  And when he came to where the man lay bleeding and saw how badly he was hurt, he took pity on him.  Was he a good man?   (Let the children respond). Yes, he was a good and kind man and climbed off his donkey, and lifted the man's head and let him sip some water.

He then cleaned the man's cuts and bruises, and poured some oil and wine onto them, and then bandaged them.  He lifted the poor man onto his donkey and took him to a nearby inn and cared for him.  On the next day, the Samaritan took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper.  "Look after him," he said, "And when I return, I will pay you for any extra expenses you may have had."

Who was the Neighbour?

Jesus told this story to show a Jewish law expert who his neighbour was and how he should treat his neighbour.  Jesus asked him, "Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of those robbers?"

Who do you think this man choose? (Let the children respond).   The law expert replied, "The one who cared for him."  Jesus replied, "Then go and do the same!"

How to Treat Others:

This story shows that God wants His children to always be kind and care for each other.  How can we do this? (Let the children respond).  What about the children who live near to you?  Is it right to swear at them and fight with them? (Let the children respond).

No?  Then how should we treat them? (Let the children respond).  Yes, but we can only do this if Jesus' love fills our hearts.   God is a God of love and in Jeremiah 31:3, He said:

"I have loved you with an everlasting love.
And I have drawn you with loving-kindness."

Let's pray and ask Jesus to fill your hearts with God's love, so that you can be kind and care for other children every day.

God bless!

 

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