Beulah Land: The Good Samaritan
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
- Summary: Today’s parable is The Good Samaritan. As He often does, Jesus replies to a question with a story. The response to “Who is my neighbor?” requires the questioner to explore the answer from the viewpoint of a story about a wounded man, abandoned to die on the side of the road, who is helped by the unlikeliest of characters.
- I Wonder… : why the Priest did not stop to help the man? why the Levite did not stop? why the Samaritan DID stop? what it means to hear the story and let it change you? who are our neighbors? who is the Good Samaritan?
- Follow up Ideas: The Good Samaritan has shown up in a ton of artwork through the years. Below is Van Gogh’s rendition of a Delacriox painting (Click on the link beneath the picture for a tiny bit of information about it). Why has this story captured art and culture? How is it portrayed in different art pieces? Look HERE for a picture of the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. Draw your own pictures of this story. How is your family living out the second greatest commandment to love your neighbor as yourself?
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter II
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52
- Summary: During Lent, we are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. They are called “Faces of Easter.” Last week, we focused on the “face” of Jesus as a newborn. This week, we will focus on the “face” of Jesus as a young boy in the temple.
- I Wonder…: what you liked best about this story? what part is most important? what other stories this one reminds you of? what it was like for Jesus to be left at the temple?
- Additional Followup: If you’re enjoying a “Faces of Easter” tree at your house, make a second ornament to represent Jesus as a boy. Talk about Jesus as a child. Wonder together about what He was like as a boy. HERE is an interesting article about the temple (it’s also where the image below was found).