6 be reconciled

 

~A Bible Study lesson from Matthew 5:23-24 that highlights this teaching of Jesus~

“Be Reconciled To All”

 

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“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into

practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.” ~Matthew 7:24

“…..and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:19-20

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember that thy brother hath ought against thee;

leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother,

and then come and offer thy gift. ~Matthew 5:24”

“Anyone who is angry with his brother is subject to judgment.” ~Matthew 5:22

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” ~Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall be shown mercy.” ~Matthew 5:7

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Teaching concepts in this lesson from Matthew 18


1. Do not offend children.
2. The good shepherd and the lost sheep.
3. How to restore a brother who sins against you.
4. The unmerciful servant who did not forgive his fellow servant.
5. The prodigal son and a forgiving father

Storyline:Matthew 18: Jesus parable story on reconciliation and forgiveness

Today we will study Jesus teaching on the need to be at peace and in a good relationship with God and others. We will talk about different kinds of offenses which separate us from others and how these relationships can be restored.

 

In the gospel of Matthew 18, Jesus answers the question of who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus calls a little child and He has the child stand among them. He tells His disciples that to enter into His Kingdom they will need to humble themselves like this little child. Jesus states that anyone who welcomes a little child, like this one, in His name, welcomes Him.

He further states that “anyone who causes one of these little ones who believes in him to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In others words Jesus speaks strongly to those who would take part in “offending” or tempting children to sin. Why are His words so strong? A child sins will break their relationship with the Father and keep them away from His love. These strong warnings carry strong judgment for those who do such things. It is the Father’s heart that no little child be lost.

Jesus now begins to tell His disciples the parable of the one lost sheep. His first statement is, “see that you do not look down on one of these little ones, for their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father in heaven.” Jesus tells them a story about a man who owned one hundred sheep. When this man finds that one of his 100 sheep have wandered off, he leave his 99 sheep safely feeding on the hills and searches for the one missing sheep. When the shepherd finds the one sheep he rejoices over the one sheep more than over the 99 sheep that are safely grazing on the hills.

Through this story Jesus tells us that even one little child – one little sheep – is so important to our Father in heaven that our Father in heaven takes special care that a little child will not be lost and away from a relationship with Him.

Jesus closes this parable, “in the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.” How wonderful to know that God’s angels are always looking at the face of the Father in heaven on behalf of little children!

Now Jesus begins to teach His disciples about how they can maintain and restore relationships with those who are our brothers and sisters. Many times separation from others comes because of ours and their sin.

Jesus gives us His way in the restoration of relationships. First, we are to go to the person who has sinned against us. We are to humbly talk with our brother about our concerns, just between the two of us. If our brother listens to my concerns, Jesus says I have won my brother and our relationship has been restored. If my brother is not willing to listen to my concerns, we are to take one or two others who can be a witness to my discussion with my brother. If my brother who has sinned against me, is still not willing to listen to those who are witnesses then this situation is to be shared with the leaders within the church. If he will not listen to the leaders then you are to treat him as you would a person who does not know God.

Jesus teaching on forgiveness is very clear to us that we are to continually forgive our brothers even if they sin against us many times. Peter’s question to Jesus was, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me, up to seven times?” Jesus answers Peter, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy – seven times.” (490)

Jesus tells us of our Father’s willingness to forgive
Jesus then tells his disciples a story to illustrate a principle about the kingdom of heaven. In the story one servant is forgiven much debt by the King, but goes out and demands another servant who owes him much less to pray his debt. Because the second servant is unable to pray his debt, the first servant throws him in prison until he pays his debt. When the king hears about this injustice from his other servants he calls the first servant. “Should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had mercy on you?” The King then puts the first servant in jail until he pays back what he owes. Jesus lesson to us is, “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”


In conclusion we learn from this lesson that right relationships are very important to keep with the Lord and with others. We must learn how to walk in forgiveness as a lifestyle and to follow the Lord example of how He has forgiven us.

The lesson that we see in the story of the King who forgave the servant his debt is that God is willing to totally forgive us our sin debt when we ask for mercy. We must do the same in forgiving others who have sinned against us. We see that God will go to great lengths to bring His lost children back home. He rejoices and calls others to rejoice with Him when one of His little lost sheep that has wandered away is found. The Heavenly Fathers joy is great when His children that leave the Fathers house return home. This is seen in the story of the prodigal son.

Review questions for students

  1. What does Jesus teach me about how my attitude must be towards children?

  2. What makes Jesus rejoice?

  3. What does Jesus teach me about how I am to restore a relationship with a fellow disciple that has offended me?

  4. What does Jesus teach me about forgiving others?

  5. What does Jesus say is the Fathers reaction when one person returns to the Father?

Lesson Activities and Application:
1. Read and role play the lesson skit on learning how to forgive others even our brothers and sisters in Christ.
2. Children pray and ask Jesus to teach you how to listen, meditate on and do His words. This is the way He teaches us how to forgive others.
3. Memorize and meditate on this verse: Matthew 5:9
4. Ask your parent or teacher to help you apply this lesson to your life by obeying Jesus words.
5. Color the drawing of the Prodigal son returning home to his father.
6. If you play the piano, play and sing the song, “Peace like a River” If you are not able to play the piano, ask someone to play the song for you so you can sing the song, and then share this song with others.
7. Discuss the lesson questions within a small group of children with the help of an adult leader.The teacher is to give further wisdom insights on forgiveness and how this attitude of forgiveness is to be applied to life.
8. Children share with two of your friends what wisdom you have learned from this lesson.

Lesson Skit:

Narrator: Today children we will be talking about what Jesus teaches us on how we can have good relationships with others. In our story one of Jesus disciples; Peter asks Jesus a very interesting question.

Peter; “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me, up to seven times?”
Narrator: “Perhaps Peter was having a hard time like we do sometimes, in forgiving our friends. Sometimes the people closest to us offend us the most.”

Jesus: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy – seven.” (or seventy times seven - 490)
Matthew 18:21-22

Narrator: “You see children, Jesus is teaching Peter and His other disciples that it is very important to not only forgive the same person one – two – or even three times, but to have the attitude that if they continue to sin against you, you continue to forgive them.

Jesus then tells His disciples a story to help them remember a kingdom truth that is to be practiced by those living according to the laws of His heavenly kingdom.

Jesus: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle his financial records with his servants. As he began to make settlements with his servants, he found out that one servant owed him ten thousand talents. “(millions of dollars)

Jesus: “This servant was brought to the king who ordered him to pay his debt. When the man was not able to pay his debt the King ordered that he, his wife, his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. The servant fell on his knees before him.”

The first servant: “Be patient with me,” he begged, and “I will pay back everything.”

Jesus: “The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled his debts and let him go. But that servant went out found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, (a few dollars.) He grabbed him and began to choke him.”

The first servant: “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded.

The second servant: (fell to his knees and begging him) “be patient with me, and I will pay you back.”

Narrator: “But the first servant refused to forgive the man his debt. Instead he went and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay his debt.”

Narrator: “Now when the others servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told the king everything that had happened.” Then the King called the first servant.”

King: “You wicked servant!” he said. “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servants just as I had mercy on you?”

Narrator: In anger the king turned the wicked servants over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

Jesus: “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.”
Narrator: “You see children Jesus is teaching us in this story that we are like that first servant. We have been forgiven much by God because we have asked Him to forgive us. Because we have been forgiven much, like the first servant, who was forgiven much by the king, we must be sure to forgive others their sins or debts against us too.”

Narrator: Jesus is very clear that unless we forgive others their sins against us, we cannot expect that our Father in Heaven will forgive us our sins against Him.

Watch the video clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qQU1ZHhrX4 of Jesus telling of the story of the Prodigal son from the film Jesus of Nazareth. Take particular notice of the relationship acted out between Peter and Matthew the tax collector. Color the picture of the prodigal son returning home to his father and their hugging one another

 

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If you can play the piano, play and sing the song on the next page. If you cannot play the piano, ask someone to play the song for you. Sing the song with others.

 

 

10 Love your enemy

     A Study Lesson taken from Matthew 5:44 - 48 That Highlights this Teaching On:

"Love Your Enemies"

 

 

A Series of Bible Studies on

The Words That Jesus Spoke”

Highlighting this Teaching of Jesus

 

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Matthew 7:24
“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house upon the rock.”



Matthew 28:19-20
“….and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

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Love your enemies.”
Matthew 5:44-48

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in Heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. KJV



Luke 6:27-36

But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the others also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Jesus said “even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” NIV


Teaching concepts in this lesson

1. What it means to “love your enemies.”
2. How Jesus “loved His enemies.”
3. How Peter did not “love his enemies.”
4. How we are to love our enemies.
5. How the practicing of the command to “love your enemies” will glorify our Father in Heaven

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus opens his teaching by encouraging those He is addressing with the following words, “but I tell you who hear me.” The meaning of this ‘hearing’ “greek – “acuo” can be interpreted, “those endowed with the faculty of hearing or who are not deaf, or those who have the ability to cultivate spiritual truth.”




Story Line

In our lesson today, Jesus gives us a command as His disciples that we are to:

“love your enemies.”

It was not uncommon for a person of the Hebrew faith in Jehovah to believe that it was good to love your neighbor, but also good to “hate your enemy.” Jesus brings to His disciples a new code of conduct in teaching them to “love their enemies.”

In the Greek language the word “agapeo” is used for the word love. The meaning of agapeo is: to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. The word enemy - ectros - carries the idea of, the hated, the odeos, the hateful, a person who is hostile. This way of addressing our enemies is quite different from the way the people of this world treat their enemies. Jesus gives His disciples further instructions on how this “loving enemies” is to be done. Jesus tells them they are to:

“bless those who curse you”

Instead of killing and fighting back to defend ourselves or others we are to “bless those who curse us?!” Yes, that is right. But let’s wait and see what the response to this type of living will be! Can we really do this? Yes we can. We will see what Jesus did in His response to His enemies. Jesus continued His instructions to His disciples by how they were to love their enemies through His third instruction of:


do good to those who hate you”

The greek word for “good” is “calos” meaning not merely doing good deeds, but the idea of an attitude in which such good deeds are to be done. The meaning of the word good - “calos” carries with it the idea of doing good, “beautifully, kindly, excellently, well or rightly, so there will be no room for blame, well, truly noble, commendable, honorably, in honor. Thus by our actions and deeds we are instructed to bless, not curse, our enemies. Jesus was preparing His disciples for the time when they would be hated by all men because of their being identified as His disciples.

We may ask the question. Why are we to do “good to those who hate us, for what purpose? We will see later why we as His disciples and His followers are told to do such an unusual thing…and to follow in Jesus footsteps.

As we come to the fourth instruction by our Lord on how we are to “love our enemies,” we are reminded of how this may have sounded to those Jews who heard it for the first time:

“pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you”

In the day in which Jesus lived, the Romans were the enemies of the Jewish people. The Jewish nation was occupied at that time by the Roman Empire. Roman soldiers were present in Palestine to guard against the rebellion of those trying to over throw the rule of Rome. Jesus tells His disciples, who all their lives had been told they should “hate the Romans”... that they are now to “love their enemies” … their nations enemies, the Romans.

How their minds must have swirled with confusion ……. but what about how David dealt with his enemies? What about Elijah’s enemies? (I Kings 22:52-53) Jesus their Master Teacher, their Rabbi was instructing them to obey and apply a higher principle of His heavenly Kingdom to their lives by “loving their enemies.”

Jesus teaching shows us how our Father in Heaven is constantly in the process of seeking to win His wayward children back to Himself. What does our heavenly Father do for His “enemies” every day? By following our Heavenly Father’s example we show to the world that we are His beloved children.

“For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good
and sends rain on the just and the unjust”

Some other verses in the Bible highlighting this idea are: Proverbs 25:21-22 – which is of the idea of heaping coals on a person’s head which is to be heaping blessing on their head – fresh coals or – “love for our enemies.” Paul instructs in Romans 12:14 that we are to “bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse. ……”

Jesus Living Example

Jesus life is our clearest example of how we are to follow His ways of living as His disciples. John 18: 4 -14 - records the story of Jesus arrest and Peter’s response to Jesus arrest. Peter zealously tries to protect Jesus and cuts off the ear of the servant of the High Priest-Malchus. Jesus heals the High Priest servant’s ear and then allows Himself to be taken by those representing the High Priest, Caiphas. Caiphas was the High Priest who later would condemn Jesus to die on the cross between two common criminals. How often do we cut off someone’s ear in our effort to defend Jesus? How often does Jesus have to step in and restore the hearing of the one we have offended?

Earlier Jesus told His disciples that He was going to “lay down His life willingly,” that “no man takes it from me.” Truly it is amazing that our Lord on His way to His death and betrayal reached out in love to serve the servant of the man who would later deliver Him to the Romans for crucifixion. Perhaps this act of love would be a daily reminder to the High Priest Caiphas of Jesus love for him, given freely to him just hours before Jesus darkest hours of suffering.

We understand from Jesus teachings that His Heavenly Kingdom is not advanced by the use of physical swords nor is it defended through the use of physical swords. Jesus Kingdom is rather advanced through divine love (agape love) and through the humble acts of His disciples who willing open their hearts, and bow their knees to Jesus as their Savior and Lord and follow the laws of love practiced in Jesus Heavenly Kingdom. (Ephesians 6:17)

The spiritual conflict that we face is whether men and women, boys and girls will give their lives to follow Jesus way of living and will practice the principles and the laws of His Kingdom or they will choose to walk according to the principles and commands of the kingdom of this world. The struggle between these two kingdoms can be clearly seen in the life of Jesus and in Peter the disciple of Jesus.

We are comforted to know that Peter after Jesus resurrection came to live according to the principles of Jesus Kingdom. In Peter’s writings in I Peter 2:21 Peters says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” Even when we are betrayed by others we are to respond to them in the opposite spirit of love – the Jesus way. Jesus laid down His live – even for His enemies.

Jesus commands us to “love our enemies” not to “hate our enemies”. When we “love our enemies” even the fear of what our enemy can do to us is removed from us. But when we hate our enemies the fear of what our enemy can do to us remains within us. The key is that when we chose to love others, Gods love and grace is given to us to overcome our fears. Ps. 32:6-7

If we fear what our enemy might do to us, we are like Peter arming ourselves to protect ourselves from our enemies. We are afraid that our enemy might take away our most precious thing…our very life. Jesus plainly tells us that as His children, we are not to “fear those who take away our body, but to fear the One who can take away our soul”……. to fear Him. Whom do you fear the most, God or your enemies?!

In closing, do you love or do you hate your enemies? My prayer for you is that you will receive the joy of learning to “love your enemies” by praying for them, doing good to them and by blessing them. Through practicing this important teaching of Jesus you will be set free from the fear of your enemy.

Review questions for students:
1. What do you think it means to “love your enemy?” Read Matthew 5:44 - Praying for those who persecute you.
2. How did Jesus “love His enemies?” Jesus laid down His life for them.
3. Did Peter “love his enemies? No, Peter did not love those who came to arrest Jesus. He cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant Malchus. Later in I Peter 2:21 Peter tells us that we are to follow Jesus example of suffering in doing good.
4. Do you have any enemies?
5. How will you “love your enemies?” I will love them by doing good to them, by praying for them, by blessing them, and not cursing them.
6. How will the practice of “loving your enemies” glorify your Father in Heaven? People will come to see and understand what our Father in Heaven is like by seeing the actions of His children.

Lesson Activities and Application:

1. Read and role play the lesson skit on how to love your enemies. The Narrator, the Centurion and Jesus are the leading characters.
2. Children pray and ask Jesus to teach you how to listen, meditate on and do His words. This is the way He teaches us how to “love our enemies.”
3. Memorize and meditate on these verses: Romans 12:20-21
4. Ask your parent or teacher to help you apply this lesson to your life by obeying Jesus words.
5. Photo copy and have your students color the drawing of Jesus healing the ear of Malchus the servant of the High Priest Caiaphas.
6. If you play the piano, play and sing the song, “By His Spirit.” If you do not play the piano, ask someone to play the song for you and sing the song. Ask others to learn and sing the song with you.
7. Discuss the lesson questions within small groups of children with the help of an adult leader.
8. With the help of the teacher or parent apply the principles of this lesson to your daily life.
9. Have your children role play this skit to teach the concept of “loving your enemies” - Jesus gives us His clear example of loving an enemy by loving a Roman centurion and healing the centurion’s servant.
10. Children, teach two of your friends what wisdom you have learned from this lesson on “love your enemy.”

Actors: Narrator, Centurion, and Jesus

Narrator: “One day as Jesus was coming into the city of Capernaum where He was living a Roman soldier came to Him. This Roman soldier was called a “Centurion” because at least 100 men were under his command. Remember the Jews hated the Romans because they were ruling their country by force. This Roman soldier came to Jesus asking Him earnestly for a very important favor.”

Centurion: “Lord, please come and heal my servant. He is at my home and is paralyzed and tormented.”

Narrator: When Jesus heard this man’s request Jesus responded immediately.

Jesus: “I will come and heal him.”

Centurion: “But I am not worthy that you should come under my roof, but just say the word and my servant will be healed. For I am a man under authority having soldiers under me. For I say to this one “go” and he goes and to this one “come” and he comes and to my servant “do this” and he does it.

Narrator: When Jesus heard this man’s response Jesus was amazed and said to them that followed Him.

Jesus: “Verily. I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel… many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven, but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Narrator: Jesus turned and spoke to the Centurion.

Jesus: “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.”

Narrator: “and the servant was healed in the same hour.”

Narrator: From this story we learn that Jesus was impressed with the faith of this Roman centurion. The centurion recognized Jesus as being a man under authority. Jesus could have looked upon the centurion as an enemy of the nation of Israel, and decided not to
heal his servant. This man after all represented the power of the armies of Rome which were occupying Palestine. Instead Jesus saw the heart of this man, and the man’s love for his servant and his faith in Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus granted him his request.

Children, some of our enemies maybe the people that Jesus chooses to help because of their faith in Him. We must be sure that we love all people… our enemies….even Jesus enemies.”

Memory Verses:

“Bless them which persecute you, bless and curse not.” Recompense to no man evil for evil”
“If it be possible as much as lieth in you, be at peace with all men. Be peaceable with all men.”
Romans 12:14,17a, 18

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath, for it is written, vengeance is mine. I will repay, saith the Lord.” Romans 12:19

“Therefore, if thy enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him drink, for in so doing thou shalt heap, coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:20-21
Peter 3:8-17
I Peter 4:12-19


 

 





Therefore, if thy enemy hunger, feed him, if he thirst, give him drink, for in so doing thou shalt heap, coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:20-21


 











 

 

13 Lay up no treasures on earth

~A Bible Study lesson from Matthew 28:19-20 that highlights this teaching of Jesus~



Lay Up No Treasures


On This Earth”



 

The Words That Jesus Spoke”

~Matthew 7:24

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19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:

and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  ~Matthew 28

 

 

 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21


“No man can serve two masters, either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.” ~-Matthew 6:24

Teaching concepts in this lesson:
1. What are the treasures of this earth?
2. What are the treasures in heaven?
3. Why is it important that we be careful what treasure we store up in our hearts?
4. Which kind of treasure are you storing up in your heart?

Storyline:
In this lesson we will talk about two different types of treasures that we can store up in our hearts while living in this world. One is the temporary treasures that we store up on this earth while serving ourselves. The other is the eternal treasures of heaven that we store up when we unselfishly serve the Lord and others.

A story is told by Jesus of a rich man and of a poor beggar Lazarus. The rich man received his reward while living in this world. He enjoyed all this world had to offer him. The poor beggar Lazarus lived in poverty on the earth. He received a rich reward when he died. He went to heaven to be with the Lord. The rich man had not stored up eternal riches and found himself in spiritual poverty away from the Lord and tormented in hell.

Jesus gives another illustration to His followers in telling a story of a rich man who when getting more abundant crops went out and built bigger barns to store up more earthly treasure for himself. He thought he would live an easy life. He didn’t know that the Lord was going to require him to answer for his life that night. This is a warning to us who find security in the riches of this life and are spiritually poor towards God.

Jesus one day upon seeing a widow giving her small offering at the temple informed Jesus disciples that this widow had given a greater gift than all those who had given much larger gifts. Jesus said she gave more than all the others because “she gave everything that she had.” She gave to the Lord all the love treasured in her heart which was her best gift.

Mary Magdalene showed Jesus her great love by anointing His feet with a very costly perfume and wiping His feet with her hair. It has been said that “the Lord looks not at the amount that we give but instead the amount that we have left after we have given.” Jesus in the story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that when we love our neighbor we are investing in eternal riches. (Luke 10:30-37) In John 3:1-16 we learn from Jesus conversation with Nicodemus about being “born again” into God’s spiritual family and gaining the true riches of eternal life.

In the gospel accounts we see the example of Mary a follower of Jesus who found joy in investing time in her relationship with Jesus. She sat at Jesus feet and learned from Him.
We can do the same thing too!

In the world in which Jesus lived Rabbi’s would sit down while teaching. Their students would sit at their learned and respected teacher’s feet. For Mary to sit at Jesus feet was to study Jesus and His words. She found a relationship with Jesus and His words to be a great heavenly treasure. To Mary His words were like fine gold, and sweeter than honey. They were of greater value than Solomon’s wisdom.

Jesus and His teachings are true heavenly treasures. They have been given to us so that we can layup and store up these treasures of wisdom in our hearts and practice them daily in our lives. Jesus teachings build a firm foundation in our life. They are the treasured eternal principles of how His heavenly kingdom operates.

Jesus teachings are an eternal heritage that we can share with our children and with the next generation. Was it not Peter who declared to Jesus, “Lord, You alone have the words of eternal life.” The apostle John put it this way “he that hath the Son (Jesus) hath life, he that hath not the Son (Jesus) hath not life” I John 5:12

By applying the principles of Jesus teachings and walking in His ways, by loving God and others we are brought out of dark sinful ways and into the joys and true riches of His eternal Kingdom. The result is that we receive eternal rewards by following His eternal teachings. The rewards of following Jesus Kingdom principles are true for all eternity and will never end.

Living by Jesus Kingdom’s values is different from living by the values of the kingdoms of this world. Heaven operates according to these eternal principles. These principles will stand the test of time.

The kingdom’s of this world live by temporary values and earthly principles. These principles relate to our five senses and are like shifting sand. How true it is that people perish for a lack of understanding in not applying Jesus words to their lives! I John 2:15-17

The warning of Paul to his spiritual son Timothy is “command those who are rich in this present world, not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth (riches) which are uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them (who are rich) to do good and to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share.” I Timothy 6:17-18

My friend, how are you investing your life? Are you investing your life into the temporary values of this life or are you investing your life into what is eternal, like your soul and the souls of others? A thought which should sober us is “what we treasure up in our hearts is that which we consider to be of most value to us. Our values are either temporal values or eternal values.

The Apostle Paul in Colossians 2:2 states that his purpose or investment in people was “that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so the they might have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” What a good purpose to invest in for the sake of others!

Additional references about treasures in heaven: Matthew 19:16-30 & Mark 10:17-31

Review questions for students:

1. What are the temporary treasures (things of value) in this earth? They are the things money can buy. They are cars, houses, clothing, and things of temporary material value.

2. What are the eternal treasures (things of value) in heaven? They are the eternal things of value that money cannot buy. They are such things as having a right relationship with Jesus Christ. They are the eternal treasures of love for God and others gained in this life by living a godly life living by the principles of Jesus teachings.

3. Why is it important that we be careful which treasure we store up in our hearts while living in this world? Because we can invest our whole life into the temporary, material treasures of this world and miss the heavenly, eternal (treasures of Jesus teachings) which are of much greater value and which we take into eternity.

4. What do people give in exchange for the eternal riches of following Jesus? People give up eternal values for temporary values such as: the desire to be popular, to have fame, or to have the honor of men. People desire to gain this world’s wealth and to live a life enjoying this world’s temporary pleasures. Instead we are to live by Jesus Kingdom principles which are of great eternal value.

5. Which kind of treasures are you storing up in your heart? Are they the temporary treasures of this earth or are they the eternal treasures of Jesus and His words?

Lesson Activities and Application:

1. Read and role play the lesson skit on how to store up the true riches of heaven. Johnny, Willy, and Freddy are the leading characters.

2. Children pray and ask Jesus to teach you how to listen, meditate on and do His words. This is the true way of storing up the treasures of heaven in your hearts.

3. Memory Verse “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal, for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Matthew 6:20-21

4. Ask your parent or teacher to help you apply this lesson to your life by obeying Jesus words.

5. Color the drawing of the woman who gave the greatest gift.

6. If you play the piano, play and sing the song, “Only Jesus Can Truly Satisfy.” If you are not able to play the piano, ask someone to play the song for you so you can sing the song. Sing this song with others.

7. Discuss the lesson questions within small groups of children with the help of an adult leader
Discuss what true heavenly treasures are and how we are to treasure Jesus and His words up in our hearts.

Application Activities:

Storytelling: Choose three little boys to play the parts of the story characters of Johnny, Willy and Freddy and who talk about the “true riches of heaven.” The conversations of these three boys compare the lives of two men, one man from their community who had recently died, and the life of the rich man in a Bible story as told by Jesus.

Johnny: “Hey, Willy have you heard the news?”

Willy: “No Johnny, what news?”

Johnny: Well, my dad told me this morning that he read in the early morning paper that the elderly man Mr. Williams died last night.”

Willy: “Really, I am sorry to hear that. Did he have any family?”

Johnny: “Well, this is really the sad part. “

Johnny: “When the police received a call from a neighbor that had not seen Mr. Williams for several days, the police went to his house. They had to break the door down to get inside. Sadly they found Mr. Williams sitting at the kitchen table all by himself. Seems he died all alone. He must have suffered a very severe heart attack.”

Willy: “Wasn’t he the man who owned the large food market downtown, “Williams Grocery?”

Johnny: “That’s right! He owned the largest grocery store in town. According to the report of those who worked for him he made lllll….ooooo…..tttt..s of money. Sadly though he never married and did not have any family to enjoy it with.

Willy: “What did he do with all his money?”

Johnny: “This is really the interesting part. After he died the house was searched and they found trash bags full of twenty dollar bills.”

Willy: “And he kept it all to himself!?”

Johnny: “Yes, how sad.

Willy: “Hey Johnny, isn’t that Freddy who just turned the corner with his new bike?”

Johnny: “Boy that sure looks like him. I think I’ll call him over.”

Johnny yells: “Hey, Freddy come over here!”

Freddy: “Hi guys, what are you talking about?”

Johnny: “We were just talking about Mr. Williams who died just last night and how he left trash bags full of money in his house. He didn’t have any family to share it with.”

Freddy: “How sad that a person could go through life not sharing what he had worked so hard for with others. You know that reminds me of the story in the Bible that Jesus told.

Willy: “Is that the story of the rich man and Lazarus?”

Freddy: “Yes it is Willy. Would you like me to read it to you?”

Willy: Yes, let’s read it together.

Instructions: Have the three little boys read the verses Luke 16:19-31 out loud to the class.

Closing comments:

Narrator: Well boys, we learn from these stories that these two men stored up earthly treasures. We learn that these two men could not take their earthly treasures with them when they died. We learn that the beggar man Lazarus, came to enjoy the joys and treasures of heaven. Lazarus suffered much while living on the earth and had little earthly treasures, but he gained eternal life and eternal treasures with the Lord because after he died he went to be with the Lord.

Children’s prayer:

Jesus, please help me to treasure up your words in my heart, and to practice them every day. I want to hold them close to my heart, all the days of my life.”

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” ~Matthew 12:35

Quotations:

The investment of your heart and time is an indication of where your true treasure lies.”
“Are you living your life investing in earthly things or are you living your life investing in the eternal souls of men and women?”

Teachers Personal Insight

The teacher gives their personal insights and personal examples of how to “lay up treasures in heaven.”

Small Group Discussion

Small group discussion of the lesson stories and the lesson principles and their application to our daily lives

Students Teaching Others: Children, teach two of your friends the wisdom you have learned from this lesson on how to store up Jesus teachings in your heart and practice them in your life.

 











For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”



If you play the piano and sing this song or have someone play it for you

 

 

 

 

 

Sing it along then with others.