Justice-Seeking: Sticking up for me.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
It’s hard enough sticking up for a friend, but when it’s someone you don’t like, someone who has been mean to you it’s really tough. In fact, you wonder, why should I when they’ve been mean to me. Why should I do them a favor when they’ve never done anything for me? But then we think about Jesus who suffered and died for us even though we don’t deserve it (Romans 5: 8). The Bible tells us that during Jesus’ life here on earth he consistently stood up for the weak and helpless—the woman caught in adultery, the blind man begging by the side of the road, the rich tax collector who every one hated are just a few examples. Almost every encounter that we read about in the gospels is one where Jesus helps someone who is helpless.
Somehow Jesus’ eye was always drawn to the person in the shadows, and his compassionate heart caused him to heal and defend those who had no one to speak for themselves. Do you have God’s eyes? Do you see those who are in need as you hurry through your day? Let’s pray that God adjusts our eyes and gives us kingdom vision, so that we can speak up for the helpless, for those who cannot speak for themselves.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who was blamed for the stink bomb at Reptarium Middle School?
Q. What connected Newt to the crime?
A. His school ID badge.
Q. Who does Newt ask to defend him so he won’t get expelled?
Q. Why does Liz decide to help him?
A. Because Newt has no one else to stick up for him.
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 does God care about the helpless, those who cannot speak for themselves?
God cares because God loves. And God has a soft spot in his heart for the helpless—those who are alone, who don’t belong, who suffer (see Psalm 146: 9, Matthew 9:36). God commands that his people care for those who are helpless (Isaiah 1: 17, Matthew 22: 37-39). Christians are God’s voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.