Saturday, October 4, 2014

Parable of the Good Samaritan
This week's parable is the Good Samaritan. There is a foldable for the review project. The kids will love it! It is fun and easy, but you can discuss so many different neighbor things and make it work for several Bible lessons.

For today's visual, I set up an area with a cave, grass, rocks, path, etc. I added the animal and Good Samaritan. I added brown paint for dirt and red paint for blood for my traveling man.
We are learning about Jesus and His ministry. The last couple of weeks we have talked about parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning that Jesus taught. The lesson is found in Luke 10:25-37.
A lawyer came to Jesus with a question. He wanted to test Jesus and asked Him “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” (Vs. 25) Jesus asked him what is written in the law? How do you read it?

The lawyer answered with: {Bible verse, vs. 27} “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.
Jesus told the lawyer he was right. And the lawyer wanted to know who is our neighbor? Jesus answers with another parable, the parable of the good Samaritan. (vs. 30.) A man went from Jerusalem to Jericho. It was a dangerous road and thieves loved it because there were a lot of hiding places, like caves, for them. The road was full of curves. The area was called Adummim (a-dum'-im) or the pass of blood. It was scary. It was treacherous. The people could understand what Jesus was telling them. 
Some robbers attacked the traveling man. They took his clothes, hurt him and left. He was barely alive!
A priest walked by. During the time of Jesus, a priest took care of the temple sacrifices. You’d think a priest would stop to help, but when he saw the man lying there, the priest went to the other side of the road and passed by him.
Next, a Levite came by. A Levite’s job was to help take care of the temple. When the Levite looked at the injured man, he passed by on the other side too. [there were 12,000 priests back then]
But then, a Samaritan man was walking by and he saw the injured man. Jesus is telling this parable to a Jewish lawyer, and Jews and Samaritans did not like each other…at all. So to expect the Samaritan to help the man would be extra hard, but the Samaritan had compassion for the hurt man. The Samaritan treated his wounds. He used wine to disinfect the cuts and oil to help ease the pain.
The Samaritan put the injured man on his own animal, possibly a donkey (Jesus isn't specific in His parable), and took him to an inn. The Samaritan took care of him there.
The next day when the Samaritan was leaving, he took 2 denarii (de-nar'-ee) (The Roman coins they used) and gave them to the innkeeper. The Samaritan man told the innkeeper to take care of the man and said: "When I come again, I will repay you the rest."
Jesus asked the lawyer who he thought was the neighbor, and the lawyer said the one who showed mercy. Remember, the lawyer didn’t like Samaritans and couldn’t even say the word, Samaritan! But Jesus told him to “Go and do likewise.” vs. 37
According to Jesus we are love our neighbors, but strangers also. Jesus also wants us to be nice and help others when we can. Since the man in the parable was a Samaritan, and he was a good man because he helped the hurt traveler, we call this parable the 'Good Samaritan parable'.
I created this foldable for today's less as a conversation starter. I say that a lot, don't I? But I like a fun, quick, easy way to review and let the kids think about how to apply the Bible lesson to their life.
 This needs cut out (on the solid lines, and folded (on the dotted lines). Directions: Cut around the outside on the solid line. Follow the solid line cutting on the left side of the 'consideration' section. Follow the solid line cutting the inside of the shape out. Where it says 'consideration' (under that it says page 1), fold that backward on the dotted line. You or the students will glue 'How can we help our neighbor' title to the back side of the 'consideration' page to create the front cover. Continue folding accordion style on the dotted lines as seen in the bottom right photo until all parts are folded. On the back of the last page, you or the student will glue the 'Sharing is Caring' circle.
They love fun stuff like this! It will fold up and fit in their hands, but when it is spread out, it is a heart! There is a picture and the next section has lines for what they can do to be a neighbor. This can be used for a lot of lessons! It is also available in color or black & white! Click here to print it 
Click on the picture to print today's worksheet.
Today's Bible Verse: 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.’ ” Luke 10:27 (NKJV) Click on the picture to print the NKJV Bible Verse & Teacher's Visual.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.
The free visual aids are here(Original publisher)


  1. This is really very helpful and thought provoking for kids! How do you share the same message with younger non-readers?

    1. Thanks for stopping by Angel. To teach Bible facts to any age group, have your Bible open and read at least parts of the lesson directly from the Bible. I use visuals, to help younger kids pay attention better as I tell them the lesson. I usually have some sort of display that I can refer to and they can look at and touch. For younger kids, lots of singing and review.

  2. This brings be back to my days serving in Children's ministry. I was the "director" and had some wonderful teachers who shared God's word with the kids. Thank you for your heart for the children and your obvious dedication to getting the word out. I always love seeing you linked up to Sharing His Beauty...and teaching the kids is truly sharing His beauty!

    Blessings, Joan

  3. What an awesome resource, Debbie! I love creative crafty things for kiddos. So grateful to "meet" you today via #EverydayJesus. You are doing great work here, friend. Keep it up.

  4. Thanks for always sharing your great resources, Debbie! Blessings!

  5. So fun! Such amazing resources here for parents, teachers, and kids!

  6. This is so nice! Thank you for providing this printable. I intend to be back to see your other lesson ideas!

  7. I love your entire lesson! The printable/visual is so important to reinforce what is being taught. Thank you for sharing it with us!!

    1. Thank you Bekki! I appreciate the comment and I love using a take home printable as a reinforcement, and what it means to today, and not a time filler! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love that foldable! But it is not opening the document, it only opens to the picture to view the pictures from the website. Help? Thank you!

    1. Hello, Brooke, below the picture is the description and at the end of the paragraph it says to 'Click here to print'. It usually blue and you click that which has the link. I don't have the pictures themselves clickable because of Pinterest issues. I appreciate you stopping by!

  9. I cant figure out the folding pattern. Wish there were steps for slow teachers like me.

    1. Donna, I have added more detailed instructions above. Click on the picture with directions to see it bigger.


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