Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
An honest witness tells the truth; but a dishonest witness tells lies.
Sometimes we are tempted to tell a little lie (or a big one) to make ourselves look better, or to have someone else take the blame for something that we did. Not a nice trait, but something that is present in our sinful human condition. One of the amazing things about the love our God extends to us in Jesus is that Jesus takes the blame for us, even though he is completely innocent. He allowed others to be false witnesses against him before the religious leaders, Pilate, and Herod. And, those false witnesses then called for his execution. Why did Jesus do this? He did this so that we no longer have to be slaves to our raging insecurities. Instead we live as those who are dearly loved, extravagantly forgiven, and outrageously empowered by the Spirit to live holy lives. We can be honest because we know we are loved and forgiven. We can be truth because we serve the one who is the Truth. Thanks be to God!
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What did Grandpa want to put in the display case?
A. A baseball signed by his boyhood friends.
Q. What happened to the baseball?
A. Liz and Scooter lost it.
Q. What did Liz and Scooter do to cover up what they did?
A. They lied and blamed it on the Iguanas.
Q. Who called the police?
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 is telling the truth so important?
The Bible tells us that God never lies (Numbers 23:19) and God expects his children to follow his example (1 Peter 1: 15, 16). When God tells us to be holy, telling the truth is one of the important ways we do that. This is so important that God even includes it in the Ten Commandments. The ninth commandment tells us that we may not be a “false witness,” which means we may not tell a lie about another person (Exodus 20: 16).