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Children's Sunday School Lesson - The Good Samaritan

Updated on February 16, 2013

A Twist of Excitement On An Old Story

Bible stories are great when teaching Sunday School but in today's culture of video games, Ipods, Ipads, etc, we need to find ways to keep it interesting. You should never deviate from the facts given in the Bible but you can put a little excitement into the way you tell it. Lately I have been Blessed to be able to be an assistant to our Pastor's wife in my Sunday School Class and boy can she tell a story!

The following is her version of the Good Samaritan -

Luke 10:27 ‘So he answered and said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”

One day a lawyer asked Jesus “Jesus, what do I have to do to have eternal life?” So Jesus asked him “Well, what does the law say? What have you read?” The lawyer said to him, “it says, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind and your love your neighbor as yourself.”

Wow , can you imagine that? Love your neighbor as yourself? Because we all love ourselves don’t we? We take care of ourselves. When we are hungry, we get something eat. If we are cold we get a blanket. We take care of ourselves, our needs. We are supposed to love our neighbors just like we love ourselves?

So Jesus told the man “You have answered correctly. Now go and do likewise.” Now the man questioned Jesus further. He said to Jesus “and who is my neighbor”? So if I’m supposed to love my neighbor like myself, who exactly is my neighbor? So Jesus told the man a story.

There was a man who was walking along the road from Jerusalem to Jericho. While he was walking along he was attacked by thieves and robbers. They took all of his clothes and his money, and they beat him up. And then they just left him there on the side of the road as if he was dead. But he wasn’t dead, he was still alive, but he was very badly hurt.

{You may want to have a volunteer lay on the floor as the beaten up man so that you can act out the priest, the Levite and the Samaritan walking by. It’s a great visual for the story.}

Now it just happened that a priest came along. A priest should help the guy right? But when he saw the man he didn’t help him at all! He crossed to the other side of the street and just walked on by. Can you believe it? He saw the man on the side of the road, badly hurt, clothes gone, bruises and wounds all over him, but he didn’t help him! He just walked on by.

Then another man came by, a Levite. A Levite was a guy who was a leader in the church. He wasn’t a priest, but he was a leader. He certainly will help him right? A guy from the church. But no, when he saw the guy, he too crossed the street and walked right by too. Can you imagine? Here’s this guy just laying there in the dirt on the side of the road, all beaten up, bloody, bruised, clothes gone, no money or belongings, you can’t tell if he’s all right or not, and you just keep walking? He didn’t even stop to see if he could help the guy.

So then a Samaritan came along. Samaritan’s were from a certain land and the Jews didn’t really like them much. They thought they were better than the Samaritans. So along comes this Samaritan and what do you think he did? Do you think he also just walked by? After all, he was just a Samaritan, he wasn’t a priest or a religious leader. No, he didn’t just walk by. He went up to the guy laying there, all beaten up and bloody. He probably said “are you all right? What happened?”

So the Samaritan helped the guy. He cleaned up his wounds. Probably put oil on them to help them heal. That’s what they used to do. And put bandages around them. Put something over him because he didn’t have any clothes, gave him something to drink probably. And then, he put him on his mule. Now back then you rode your mule if you had one. If you didn’t have a mule to ride you had to walk. So he puts the injured man on his mule and he walked. He took the man to an Inn. An Inn is like a hotel.

So he takes care of the man, puts him on his mule, and takes him to an Inn. When he gets to the In he tells the innkeeper “here, I helped this guy, I found him out on the road and he’d been beaten up and robbed. So I want you to take care of him, give him a room so he can rest and heal from his wounds. Give him something to eat. Whatever he needs. And I’m going to pay you for him because he doesn’t have any money. The robbers took everything. So here is some money. Take care of him. AND if it costs more than this let me know and when I come again I will pay you.”

Can you believe it? Not only did he help him out, bandage him up, take care of his wounds, and give him a ride, but he also paid for him to have a room to rest in and food! AND promised to pay more if he needed it. Isn’t that amazing?

So then Jesus asked the lawyer “so which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And the lawyer said “the one who showed mercy on him”. And Jesus said “Now Go and do Likewise.”

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