Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of Luke: Jesus heals a man on the Sabbath (Luke 14:1-6)
Teaching children about the Bible miracles is important because it helps them to see how nothing is impossible for God. If God can do miracles in the Bible, He can do them in our children’s lives today. Here is an easy way to do that interactively.
Jesus did 7 of His miracles on the Sabbath, a day which had been set aside as a day of rest. This angered the religious leaders because they had turned this commandment into a means to control what people did on that day rather than as a day to honor God. Each of the miracles that Jesus did on the Sabbath was a way of honoring God and an act of worship. Let’s see how that played out.
Ask the children…
What was the issue that Jesus faced? Who was watching?
“One Sabbath day Jesus went to eat dinner in the home of a leader of the Pharisees, and the people were watching him closely. There was a man there whose arms and legs were swollen.” (Luke 14:1, 2)
Jesus took the initiative and asked the question this time regarding the Sabbath. What was His question?
“Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in religious law, ‘Is it permitted in the law to heal people on the Sabbath day, or not?'” (Luke 14:3)
Of course they wouldn’t answer because it made the leaders look foolish. So Jesus healed the man and then gave them an illustration to drive home His point. What was the illustration?
“Then he turned to them and said, ‘Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you rush to get him out?'” (Luke 14:5)
Of course the leaders would get their cow or son out of the pit on the Sabbath. They instinctively knew that this wasn’t what God had in mind regarding the Sabbath rest. God loves people and there is no time where He would prohibit doing good for one another.
Doing good isn’t always convenient. Ask the children when was the last time they saw something that needed to be done around the house but it was not a convenient time for them. Remind them that God is always ready to do good for us day or night 365 days of the year.
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