The Good Samaritan

Thursday, August 30, 2012

www.biblefunforkids.comInstructions to tell the lesson while the students act it out:
Signs: Jerusalem, Adummim, Jericho, Priest, Levite, Samaritan
Robbers carry pillowcases for the loot and pretend knives
The Priest: carries sign and the scrolls
The Levite: carries the sign and the lamp with the candle
The Samaritan, medical bag (I used basket or pillowcase, towels & wash cloths, basic creams for medicines and Band-Aids), sign and $ to pay inn keeper, donkey
Fabric (or whatever) laid out on floor for road with extra balled up for rocks, bushes, etc. for setting the scene.
A couple of students were robbers, and I preferred a boy for the traveling man that was hurt, since he would be laying on the ground and I didn’t want skirts to be a problem.
Scripture is Luke 10:25-37. 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.
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?” (Luke 10:25) Jesus asked him what is written in the law? How do you read it?

The lawyer answered with: {Luke 10:27} “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. (Luke 10:30.) 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. Think about going into a ghetto. You’d definitely worry about your safety, and without a car to stay in and go fast, it was scarier. The people could understand what Jesus was telling them. 
(The robbers used the pillowcase and knife; the traveling man had a sack.)

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, probably a donkey, and took him to an inn. The Samaritan took care of him there.
The next day when the Samaritan was leaving, he took two 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.” Luke 10:37

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'. 
(Front and back)  You can print the project here.
Graphics/fonts copyright DJ Inkers. (Used with permission)
I made the above take-home, printed on cardstock. The front has the key point, and the back has the "Who is your neighbor?" question in the center. The students cut out the pictures of the children of the world and glued them on.
Bible Verse: Luke 10:27
Lapbook Printables: The students have a lift the flap (lapbook style) Q&A on the left, and on the right, they glue the diecuts to finish the picture for the day. There are 3 printables for this lesson. You can print them here:
Traveler   Men   Samaritan
This is the page I glued the lapbook printables on. You can print it here.
This is the interactive printable for the lapbook worksheet. The students will cut out the men and the donkey and glue them onto the worksheet. You can print it here.
You can find all the download links for the Life of Jesus lapbooks and the lapbook worksheets here.
Here is a picture to color for the lesson.
These visuals have been updated. The set has the 'cloud' removed and other corrections have been made. Not all visuals are shown that are included in the download.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


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