Thursday, June 26, 2014

Do Not Throw Your Pearls to Pigs Sunday School Lesson

Use this Do Not Throw Your Pearls to Pigs Sunday School lesson to teach children about when to tell people about Jesus and when not to.

Needed: Bibles, a rotten piece of food or a picture of rotten food and a fancy food item or a picture of fancy food, a can of dog food

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Bring out the rotten food and the fancy food. Ask students, Which one of these would you rather eat?

I hope you would all pick the nice food and not eat this rotten food. But did you know that a dog or a pig will eat even the rotten food?

(If you have a dog, tell a story about a time when your dog ate something gross.)

Bring out the dog food and open it up. Ask students, Or what about this? How many of you would eat this?

Dogs like people-food, but they also eat this kind of stuff every day.

If dogs and pigs and other animals are happy to eat rotten food and animal food, then why would we give them nice fancy food? We might as well keep the nice food for people because we know what good food is and we appreciate it.

But some people don’t appreciate nice things. It’s like Jesus said in His sermon on the mountain.

(Read, or have a student read, Matthew 7:6, quoted here in the NIV: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”)

Jesus isn’t talking about real pigs or dogs here. He’s talking about people. And the sacred things and the pearls that He’s talking about is the truth. Jesus is saying that there are some people who don’t appreciate the truth when they hear it. You might try to tell them something about God or Jesus, or you might try to tell them about something that they’re doing wrong, but they don’t want to hear it. They don’t want to hear about God. They don’t want to hear about how they can be better. Instead, Jesus says that they will just trample the truth and then tear you to pieces. That means that they won’t listen to what you said and then they’ll just get mad at you for saying it.

So we have to be careful what we say to people. We have to decide first if they will appreciate the truth that we’re about to tell them or if they won’t want to listen to it and will just get mad at us for saying it.

What do you think are some reasons why people wouldn’t want to hear about God? (Suggestions: Maybe they’re too busy right now and we should wait until another time to talk to them; Maybe they don’t believe in God and they’re not ready to think about God so we should wait until they are ready; Maybe something bad or sad happened to them and they’re mad at God for it so we should wait for them to calm down before we talk to them; etc.)

What do you think are some reasons why people wouldn’t want to hear about things that they’re doing wrong? (Suggestions: If we tell people they’re doing things in a mean way, they won’t want to listen to us and will just get mad at us; Maybe they like the wrong things that they’re doing and they’re not ready to stop so we should wait until they are; etc.)

So remember, we want to tell people the truth about God and about how to live the right way, but we also need to tell people those things at the right time and at a time when they’re going to appreciate the things that we tell them. Think about when the right time to say things will be and ask God to help you say those things in the best way. Then people will appreciate what you’re telling them and God will be happy with you.

Find more Sunday School lesson ideas on our Free Children Sunday School Lesson Helps page.
 

No comments:

Post a Comment