Use this Parable of the Weeds Sunday School lesson to teach children about the future judgment.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Tell students, I want you to close your eyes and imagine this story. A farmer went out and worked hard all day, planting seeds in his field. But then, while he was sleeping that night, his enemy came and secretly planted weed seeds in the farmer’s field. When the plants started to grow, the farmer saw that some of the plants were the good seeds he had planted and some of them were weeds!
The farmer’s workers asked the farmer, “Do you want us to go pull up all the weeds in the field?”
“No,” the farmer said, “because while you’re pulling up the weeds, you might accidentally pull up some of the good plants too. We’ll let the good plants and the weeds grow together until it’s time to cut the good plants down and put them in the barn. Then we’ll pick the weeds out and burn them.”
Okay. You can open your eyes. How did the farmer get weeds in his field? (An enemy planted them.)
The farmer is Jesus in this story, and He plants good seeds. His farm field is the whole world and the seeds He plants are people who believe in God and do the right things that God wants them to do. So the good plants are good people who believe in God.
Who do you think Jesus’ enemy is? (The devil.)
The weeds the devil plants are bad people who do the wrong things that God doesn’t want them to do. What does Jesus say will happen to the weeds in the end? (They will be burned up.)
And the Bible tells us that when people are bad and don’t believe in God, then they will go to Hell when they die. That’s sad because God doesn’t want anyone to go to Hell, but some people will. We just have to make sure we believe in God and tell as many other people as we can to believe in God so that they can believe in God too and not go to Hell when they die.
What will happen to the good plants in the end? (They will be put in the barn.)
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