Justice-Seeking: One lie leads to another
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Those who pour out lies will not go free.
It's almost impossible to tell one lie. Inevitably one lie has to be covered up by two more, which leads to an ever-increasing number of lies all told to support the first lie. One lie leads to another. And, when we lie, we lose our freedom, because every word and act becomes tied to the lie we are trying to maintain. This must be what the writer of Proverbs had in mind when he wrote Proverbs 19:5.
Telling lies instead of taking responsibility seems to come so easily to human beings. Even little children will deny wrongdoing when confronted by their parents or siblings. Today lying is an accepted behavior-no big deal. But the Bible tells us that it is a big deal, and that is what we hope to communicate to the children who listen to this episode.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why did Scooter leave the Liz and Lucille's table unattended?
A. Because he was invited to play kickball at recess instead.
Q. What happened to Liz and Lucille's baked goods?
A. The teachers ate them.
Q. What was the first lie that Scooter told? Why?
A. The first lie Scooter told was that Spike took all of the baked goods from Liz and Lucille's sale table. He didn't want Liz and Lucille to know that he had failed in his promise to help them out.
Q. What other lies did he have to tell to cover up the first lie?
A. When Spike denied it, Scooter blamed Skink, and then Liz and Lucille.
Q. How did Scooter get free from all the lies?
A. He told the truth.
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.
Why do you think it is wrong to lie?
The Bible tells us that God does not lie (Numbers 23:19, Titus 1:9, Hebrews 6:18, 1 John 2:21). The Bible also tells us that Satan is a liar and the father (or source) of lies (John 8:44). When we choose truth, we are choosing to be like God. When we choose to lie, we are choosing to be like Satan. The Bible also gives us examples of the disastrous effects lies can have. For example, the lie that Jacob told his father when he wanted to get his blessing forced Jacob to leave his home and family (Genesis 27:1-10—see this week's devotion).
In Colossians 3:9, Paul reminds us that when we are Christians, we "do not lie to each other." Sometimes we use this as an excuse to tell someone else a truth we think they need to be told. But the focus should be on what we are saying to others about ourselves—our behavior, our beliefs, our history. When we tell the truth we are obeying God, we bring honor to God, and we can be genuine people who are attractive to others and free to interact with others with reservation.