The Case of the Purloined Pie

THEME

Justice-Seeking: You Shall Not Steal (Eighth Commandment)

MEMORY VERSE

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

Exodus 20:15

You shall not steal.

NOTES

What is stealing? Simply said, it is taking something that doesn't belong to you. Is it ever right to steal? How about when you are hungry? Or, when there is more than enough to go around?

Stealing is at an epidemic level in our culture. We can download music without paying for it. Cheating on tests or homework at school is a widely accepted way to work the system for students who need to pass, even when they've done failing work. Employees waste time at work and employers fail to pay a fair wage - both forms of stealing. The standard now is not whether it belongs to you, but rather whether you can get it without getting caught.

Sometimes stealing can convict us even when we aren't the ones who steal. As Grandpa Anole points out in this episode, if a hungry person is stealing we need to ask ourselves whether we are doing enough to feed the hungry.

It's important to start teaching kids about stealing at an early age. The temptation to steal will come to them early and often. The sooner they develop a sensitivity to detect this and to resist, the more ready they are for bigger battles to come.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is the name of the festival that is being held in Terrene?
A. The Pies-R-Round Festival.

Q. What did the Iguanas call themselves for this contest?
A. Consolidated Conglomerated Incorporated.

Q. What did Skink say they were making?
A. Rocket Fuel.

Q. Who stole the pie from the Iguanas?
A. Scooter.

Q. Who stole the pie from Daddy Oh’s?
A. Lucille.

Q. How did Scooter pay back the Iguanas for the pie he stole?
A. He cleaned up their kitchen.

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.

The Bible says that when we steal, we dishonor God (Proverbs 30:9). Can you explain how stealing dishonors God?

A.

When we steal we show that we do not trust in God to provide for our needs (Psalm 23:1). When we steal we disobey God and fail to show the world that we love God and follow God's rules (John 14:15). When we steal we dishonor other people by taking what is theirs, failing to love our neighbor as God commands us to do (Matthew 22:37-39).


SO WHAT?

Think about everything you did this week. Have you taken anything that did not belong to you? If you have, can you return it and ask for forgiveness? Also, remember to confess this to God and ask for His forgiveness.
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