A Tall Lizard Tale

THEME

Idolatry-Discerning. Finding identity and acceptance in God rather than man.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

John 8:32

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. 

NOTES

In today’s society, we aren’t surprised by border guards, doctors and lawyers who tell us that “Everybody lies.” As parents, we do teach our children that our world is broken by sin, and that this is not the way things are supposed to be.  Our children come home with stories of classmates, friends and adults who have lied to them. We find out our children lie. We lie.

With any sin, we need to recognize the action and not the person. Just because someone lied does not make them a liar.  Also every sin causes brokenness. How can we talk about the lie and work for forgiveness and restoration of the relationship. How can we bring back trust? One way to talk about the lie is to explore why the person lied. Did they want something? Did they not want to lose face? Were they scared? In our story today, Liz lied, because he didn’t know who he was and did not want to be embarrassed.

See the lie. Talk about the lie. Find the reason for the lie. Find a path to restoration and build trust again.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is studying psychological implications of Sudden Tail Drop-Off Syndrome?
A. Next week’s student of the week: Chamy!

Q. What is the name of the snack that Liz and Melvin share?
A. They share Cricket Crispies.

Q. What extreme sport does Liz try?
A. He tries extreme pogoing.

Q. What was the name of the reporter who wants to tell Liz’s rescue story?
A. Her name is Kathy Scales.

Q. What really happened?
A. Liz was chasing a bug. It fell into the river. And...Liz ate it.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.

Explore what the Bible says about lying and the truth by looking at the names of Satan, Jesus and God. John 8:44; John 14:6; Titus 1:2; 1 John 1: 5

A.

Lying is more perilous than it seems. It's more Satan-like than Christ-like. Jesus referred to Satan as "a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44). By contrast, Jesus declared himself to be the Truth (John 14:6). According to the Scriptures, God himself "does not lie" (Titus 1:2). In his holiness, he is incapable of lying. As the apostle John put it, "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all" (1 John 1:5). Lying can't be other than sinful because God can't do it. 


SO WHAT?

Make a promise to your friends or family: “If any of us lies to the other, we are committed to confessing the lie within three days.” Fight lies with truth and find ways to build trust.
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