When children are old enough to know that they have done wrong, they are old enough to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and have their sins forgiven.
April 24, 1949 F oods a n d F ools
Objects: A Bible and a slice of bread. Lesson: I brought two kinds of food with me this morning. The bread is food for the body, and the Bible is food for the soul. We very often find people stressing the importance of food for the body and forgetting that the food for the soul is more important. Christ once said, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36). Then there are those who do not un derstand what is the proper food for the soul. An example of this is found in Luke 12. We read regarding the rich fool, “ The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry” (vs. 16-19). How foolish this man was in thinking that he could feed his soul on food that was intended for the body. He made the mistake of not feeding his soul on the Word of God, the food which God in tended for the soul.
April 17. 1949 B odies a n d B e a n s
Objects: A two-pound coffee can cov ered with green paper, two tumblers, enough dry beans to fill one tumbler, a black cloth and a white cloth. (About 3 inches from the bottom of the can, a heavy cardboard shelf is glued to the sides of the can. The shelf reaches two- thirds of the way across the can. Each side of the shelf should have a lip to
His foolishness can clearly be seen, and the Bible tells us how foolish he was. “ But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be re quired of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20,21). It is well for us to remember that many people today are making the same mistake that this man made long ago— they are not feeding on the Bible, the food God intended for the soul, and are,' therefore, not rich toward God. They think it is more important to make money than to be saved and serve the Lord. I trust you boys and girls will never forget that the food for the soul is more important than food for the body, and having accepted Christ as your Saviour, you will be rich toward God.
keep the beans from spilling. A part of the beans lodge on the shelf; the re mainder go to the bottom. When the first amount is poured out, the beans which are in the bottom will be held back by the shelf. The second time, the can is tilted in the opposite direction, allowing the beans to come through the opening. If the glasses are on opposite ends of the table, it will be perfectly natural to tilt the can in opposite directions). Lesson: In thinking of Christ’s victory over death, it is well for us to remember that all who die are to be raised from the dead. We will let these beans rep resent individual people. This can with green paper around it will remind us of the ground in which the bodies of the dead are buried. I will pour the beans into it. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16, we are told about the resurrection. “ For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archan gel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” Only the dead who in life have accepted Christ as Saviour will be raised at this time. I will pour the beans out. The glass is only partly filled. The unsaved are not raised from the dead until a thou sand years later, as is told in Revela tion 20:5. We will pour the beans representing the unsaved into this other glass. The first glass we will cover with a white cloth, reminding us of the white robes of the redeemed. The other glass we will cover with a black cloth, representing those who, as Christ warned, will be “ cast into outer darkness.” These words of Christ should be a warning to all who have not accepted Christ, that they should receive Him at once, in order that they may be included in the first resurrection.
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