God-Worshiping: God celebrates when the lost are found.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
"My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. 2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
The above passage of Luke 15: 1 and 2 is the context for the three “lost” parables. Think about the audience that listens to these stories. First, there are the regular crew of disciples and followers, then the tax collectors and “sinners” and finally the Pharisees and the teachers of the law. Jesus drew quite a diverse crowd! Where and when would such a group have gathered otherwise?
Then Jesus launches into three stories that tell the stories of a joyful shepherd, a rejoicing woman and compassionate father who had experienced loss first. I wonder what each group thought of the story and where they saw themselves. Did the disciples hear the call to search for the lost? Did the “sinners” understand God’s love for them? Did the Pharisees see themselves as the angry brother who was told “Everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad”? Where do you place yourself in these stories?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What happened after Liz ran out of cookies?
A. Skink and all the kids at the park stopped being Liz’s friend.
Q. Who figured out where the lost ring was?
A. Linda found the ring.
Q. Where do the Iguanas throw Liz and Morrie?
A. They are thrown into a mud puddle.
Q. Who is angry when Liz returns?
A. Linda is angry.
Q. Which character from the parable is Linda like?
A. She is like the angry brother.
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.
Linda saw herself in the story of The Lost Son. She understood that her angry at Liz was like how the one brother in the story reacted upon the return of the Lost Son.
Choose a character in one of the stories and explain how you can see yourself in that character. Explain to your friend or family why you are like that character.
Some examples can be: Children might share that they too see themselves as the angry brother when they see that someone else is forgiven for something that they think is a big deal.
Children might say that they sometimes feel lost like the sheep and love when the shepherd comes and helps them.
Children might say that they are like the woman who searches the whole house. They don't want to lose something valuable.