Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Online Sunday School Lessons - The Faith of a Foreign Enemy - The Faith of a Canaanite Woman

Another great addition to your online Sunday School lessons! Use this lesson to teach children about faith.


Needed: Bibles

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

Ask students, Does our country have any enemies? Are there any other countries that we’re fighting with?

What about you? Do you have any enemies? Is there anyone at school that you really don’t like, or who you fight with a lot?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 15:21-22, or read it yourself.)
What kind of woman was she? (A Canaanite.)

Canaanites were old enemies of the Jewish people. Most Jewish people, like Jesus’ disciples, wouldn’t have liked this woman because she was a Canaanite.

What did the woman want help with? (She wanted Jesus to heal her daughter, who was demon-possessed.)

Do you think Jesus will help the woman, even though she’s a Canaanite?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 15:23-24, or read it yourself.)

Why didn’t Jesus help the woman? (He said He was only sent to help Jewish people. He wasn’t supposed to help Canaanites.)

Do you think Jesus should help the woman anyway? Why or why not?

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 15:25-26, or read it yourself.)

Why did Jesus call the woman a dog? (Because she was a Canaanite, an enemy of the Jewish people, and didn’t deserve to have Jesus help her.)

(Have another student read Matthew 15:27, or read it yourself.)

What did the woman call herself? (A dog.)

The woman was saying that she knew she didn’t deserve to have Jesus help her. And the thing we have to remember is that none of us deserve to have Jesus help us either. God doesn’t have to do anything for us. He doesn’t owe us anything. So we’re all like that woman. None of us deserve to have Jesus do anything for us.

(Have another student read Matthew 15:28, or read it yourself.)

Why did Jesus finally help the woman? (Because she had great faith.)

Jesus helped the woman because she had faith in Him. She believed in Him. That shows us that anyone can have faith in Jesus, even people who are supposed to be our enemies, like the Canaanite woman was supposed to be Jesus’ enemy because Jesus was Jewish. But anyone can believe in Jesus, no matter where they’re from or what the rest of the people in their country are like.

And we can believe in Jesus too. We can have great faith, just like the Canaanite woman did.

So let’s remember three things today:
  1. None of us deserves to have God do anything for us.
  2. Anyone can believe in Jesus, no matter who they are.
  3. Jesus wants us all to have great faith, like the Canaanite woman did.
If we all have great faith like the Canaanite woman did, then God will be happy with us for believing in Him.

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