Ages 7 - 14
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The NV ULC Board of Directors has granted permission for members of our congregation to make copies of, and use this lesson.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
26 "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"
27 He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"
28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
30 In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.
35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
36 "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
Verse to memorize:
Luke 10:27 -
'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' and 'Love your neighbor as yourself'
What to Do:
Start the class by reading the story of the Good Samaritan and discussing some of the background information. (See below).
The Setting For this Story - The Jewish lawyer who came to Jesus asks several questions and Jesus responds as a teacher does and allows the student to discover the answer to his own question by asking questions. In doing this - the Jewish Lawyer was forced to admit that it was not the religious leader, but rather a Samaritan (who were not liked by the Jews) who proved to be a good neighbor to the injured man.
What is a Levite? - a member of the tribe of Levi. It was the Levite's responsibility to take care of the temple. Only Levites could become priests, who served the temple and offered prayers and sacrifices to God on behalf of others. Not all Levites were priests, but the one referred to in this story is.
What were the Relations between Jews and Samaritans? - As can be seen in John 4:9, Jews and Samaritans were not the best of friends during New Testament times. Both claimed to be true descendants of the nation of Israel. Samaritans descended from the northern kingdom of Israel while the Jews descended from the southern kingdom of Judah. The Jews believed Jerusalem was the only true place of worship while the Samaritans located the true place of worship at Mt. Gerizim. In 128 BC, the Jews destroyed the Samaritan temple at Mt. Gerizim. While the actual reasons for the hatred between the two groups is not known, it is known that the Jews believed the Samaritans were not pure from a religious viewpoint.
Who Is A Good Samaritan (activity)
Pause between each example and ask the students to decide if the person in the example was a good samaritan or not and why.
1.Bob didn't really talk to anyone. He often kept his head down and hurried by other people for fear of catching their attention. Well, one day, Bob was passing by as a man stole a woman's purse. Bob yelled, "Stop!" but the theif didn't stop. Bob shrugged his shoulders, apologized to the woman, and left.
Was Bob a Good Samaritan? If yes, why? If no, what could he have done differently for him to have been a good Samaritan?
2. Sam and his friend Dave pass a man on the sidewalk who is begging for money. Sam gives the man a quarter and Dave gives the man two dollars. Who was the good Samaritan and why?
3. Lisa's friend Jane keeps cancelling plans with Lisa because Jane wants to spend time with other friends instead of Lisa. Lisa is upset. Then, one night, Jane calls Lisa and asks if she can come over. Despite Jane's constant cancelling of plans and disregard for Lisa's feelings, Lisa lets Jane come over. Was Lisa a good Samaritan? Why or why not?
Memorize the Verse (activity)
Need: 1 written out verse of Luke 10:27 per student
1 baggie per student
Write out or type up the verse Luke 10:27 (see above) and make copies before the class. At the beginning of class you can have the students cut out each of the words of the verse, or you can cut out all the words and put all the words for the verse in a plastic baggy (1 for each student). Have the students, later in the class, try to put together the verse properly. Give them 5-10 minutes to do so (or when everyone is done). Then see how many students got the verse right. Recite the verse aloud several times together.
What Would You Do? (activity)
Have the children either raise their hands with an answer, or split them into pairs or groups and divide the situations up between them to decide what a good Samaritan would do in each situation and why. Have the students share their reasoning with the entire class. You can also change the situations based on the ages of your students. Or have the students come up with situations.
Situation 1. This morning you were playing at Mike's house. He got upset and sent you home. This afternoon, Mike comes to your house and wants to play.
Situation 2. Jane and Sandy would not play with you yesterday. They told you they didn't want to be friends with you any more. Today, you and JoAnn are playing soccer and Jane wants to play.
Situation 3. Last week Lucy invited everyone in your class, except you, to her birthday party. She handed out the invitations during class and told everyone in the class that you were not invited. Your birthday is next month. Your mom said you could have a party and invite the whole class if you wanted. Your mom wants to know who you want to invite to your party.
Situation 4. You're at Bill's house and he will not share his Easter candy with you. Later in the day, Bill comes to your house. Your mom has just made cookies and Bill wants some.
Situation 5. You are on a field trip to the planetarium with your class. Terry has been picking on you all morning. At lunch, Terry forgot his dessert. You have extra dessert and Terry wants some of it.
Situation 6. You and David have made the same basketball team. David thinks he's a better player than you. He laughs every time you shoot. The coach just named the starting players. You will start but David will not. David is sad and thinking about quitting the team.
Situation 7. Yesterday, Gary brought his favorite toy to the playground but you forgot your toy. He would not play with you or let you play with his toy. Today, Gary forgot his toy and wants to play with you and your toy.
Situation 8. Sharon is a classmate who always makes fun of the clothes you wear. She will not play with you and tells the other girls in your class not to play with you either. She calls you a nerd. Your class has a math project due tomorrow. Sharon forgot her book at school and wants to borrow yours.
Situation 9. You live next door to a grumpy older couple. They yell at you whenever your ball goes in their yard, complain to your parents whenever you and your friends make too much noise, and they are always getting you into trouble. The grumpy couple have planned a vacation and are trying to find someone to pick up their newspaper and take care of their cat while they are out of town.
Situation 10. You are on an all day field trip to the museum with your class. Larry, the class bully, picks on you all morning long. It is now lunch and everyone buys their lunch from the cafe'. Larry discovers he forgot his lunch money at home. You are the only one in the class with extra money.
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