Sin…A Bad Choice
Act out the Bible story that kids learned this week. Assign parts (Ahab, Jezebel, Naboth, man from Jezreel, Elijah, and town leaders if you need other parts). Read 1 Kings 21:1-21 aloud and pause so each character can act out what was just read.
When finished, talk about it:
What choice did Ahab make: contentment or coveting?
What choice did Jezebel make: ignoring or disobeying God’s commands?
What did the men who accused Naboth make: honesty or dishonesty?
Ahab and Jezebel sinned and were unwilling to repent (be sorry and turn away) from their sin. They may have thought they got away with sin, but God saw and punished them.
Consequences…Good or Bad
Play rock school while waiting…at the doctor’s office, tire store, or wherever. All you need is a small rock that fits in the palm of your hand and can’t be seen when your hand is closed. Line up everybody at the same spot—kindergarten. Hide the rock in one hand, and then hold both hands out for the first one to choose which hand holds the rock. If he guesses correctly, he moves to “1st grade”; if not, he stays in the same spot. Go to the next one and repeat. Continue taking turns to see who moves ahead to reach the 12th grade (or sixth grade if you want a short game) first.
What happened when you made the right choice? (You moved forward to the next “grade”)
What happens when you make a right choice and obey? (You please God; you make mom and dad happy; you avoid bad consequences; etc.)
What are some consequences when you sin? (You feel guilty; you hurt others and yourself; you may get punished; etc.)
God wants us to do what’s right; in fact, He said, “If you love me, obey my commands” (John 14:15). When we obey, we avoid many of the bad consequences that might happen. King Ahab and Jezebel sinned and suffered bad consequences.
Follow God’s Way
Write out the words to this month’s Bible verse, Psalm 24:4-5 on a piece of construction paper or poster board. Think of motions to go with the main words and make those motions each time you say the verse. Say the verse at the beginning of each day and when tempted to sin.
Every person is free to choose whether to sin or not, but we cannot always choose the consequences. God wants us to do what is right. He has given us the Holy Spirit to live inside us to help us. As we ask, He will show us the right way and teach us His truth. When you are tempted to sin, pause and ask God for help. His way is always the best way.