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    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    The Good Samaritan - Parables
    Photo: Martin Bodman, Wikimedia Commons
    Parables were Jesus' way of teaching a lesson or getting his point across for others to understand simply and easily. There are many parables in the bible with each one teaching something different, yet all with the same goal in mind - to teach us how to be more Christ-like.

    This week's Sunday school lesson is about The Good Samaritan.

    The parable of the good Samaritan is a wonderful story to help teach kids to love their neighbor as themselves, to be more humble, and to look at one another through God's eyes.

    Below is the Sunday school lesson. Be sure to check out the Sunday school activity that goes along with this lesson.

    Sunday School Lesson - The Good Samaritan

    There are so many great bible verses about loving one another it was hard for me to choose just one, so I added several below. Now, you will have the hard choice of choosing which one you like best. Good luck...

    Verse #1

    1 John 4:11 KJV
    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
    Verse #2
    1 John 3:18 KJV
    My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
    Verse #3
    Luke 10:27 KJV
    ...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all they mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

    Ask the kids - "Do you know what a parable is?"

    A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. Jesus told many parables in the bible.

    Today we are going to learn about one of those parables. It is about a Jewish man who was traveling on a road from Jerusalem to Jericho (Luke 10:30-37 KJV).

    As this man was traveling, some thieves jumped him, took his clothes, beat him up, and left him.

    It wasn't long until a priest came by that way and saw the hurt man. Do you think that the priest

    The Good Samaritan Crossword Puzzle
    Sunday School Activity
    helped him?


    Instead, the priest went around him and left him there without helping him.

    A bit later, a Levite came by the place where the hurt man was lying. Do you think the Levite helped him?


    Instead, the Levite looked at him, but did not help him. He just went around him leaving him there.

    Finally, a Samaritan came by the place where the hurt man lay. You see, at that time, the Jewish people did not like the Samaritan people and the man who was hurt was a Jew. The Samaritan man who was walking by could have left the Jewish man, but unlike the other two men, the Samaritan decided to help.

    Not only did the Samaritan man clean out the Jewish man's wounds, he wrapped them up in bandages, then he put the hurt man on the animal he was riding. Maybe it was a donkey or maybe it was a camel. The bible does not say.

    He took the hurt man to an inn which is like a motel. He even paid for the man to stay longer. He even paid for the man to be taken care of while he was away.

    What Can We Learn from the Good Samaritan?

    We should never judge people on how they look, how they act, or where they are from. We are to treat everyone with kindness just like the Good Samaritan.

    Jesus told this story to teach us that we should act kindly to everyone. After all, God made everyone and he loves each and everyone of us.

    If we are not kind to each other, we are not obeying God's word.

    God lets each of us choose how we act. We can choose to be mean and unkind to people or we can choose to help others. By showing others kindness, we are letting God shine through.


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