A children’s lesson based on 1 Kings 3:16-28 – Solomon displays godly wisdom.
- 2 identically-sized, solid bowls filled to the same level – one with sweets; the other with cereal or rice grains covered in a layer of sweets so that they appear the same.
- 2 boxes – one containing biscuits and the other lasagne sheets or similar. Prior to the lesson the boxes should be opened carefully, the contents switched, and the boxes resealed.
- 2 “presents” – one containing a boy’s toy in a pink gift bag and the other a girl’s toy wrapped in a blue gift bag.
- Sufficient copies of the “with what do we measure?” worksheets*
Present each of the pairs to the group – one at a time. For each, allow the children to point at which one they would choose and to share their reasons behind each choice. After their decision has been discussed, reveal what is actually in each container. Wonder with the children:
- What part of our body helped us the most in making our choices?
- Were they the best choices?
- If you knew what was inside before you chose, would you choose differently?
Thoughts to share
- Sometimes our eyes trick us. They tell us that what looks the biggest or has the nicest wrapping is the best and then we’re disappointed when we find out what is really inside. Sometimes they trick us into making friends with the wrong kind of people – people who look good and friendly and beautiful on the outside but who are actually mean and unkind on the inside.
- In our story today, Solomon faced a tricky situation. He didn’t know which mom to believe – which woman had killed her baby by accident and which woman was the mother of the living baby? Instead of choosing based on what his eyes saw or his ears heard, he relied on his mind – on wisdom from God. He made the right choice and gave the living baby to the woman who showed that she loved the baby with all her heart – and all of the people respected him for it.
- In order to make good choices we need to rely less on what we see and more on God’s wisdom.
God, help us to choose:
right instead of wrong,
peace instead of fighting,
being kind instead of being mean,
telling the truth instead of making up lies,
measuring with love instead of our eyes.
* Sermon notes on “With what do we measure?” will be posted on Sunday (27/8/2017)