We are a little over half way through with this quarter. We've settled into a nice rhythm in the class. The kids know what to expect from me and what I expect of them. It took me longer than I would've like for this quarter to begin jelling, but it finally has.
In less than 2 weeks we begin our VBS (which is on the parables). I will be teaching the 2nd and 3rd graders. I've never gotten to teach these particular kids before. I 'm really looking forward to getting to know them all better.
After that, we have 2 weeks before the next quarter begins. Even though we've rearranged the lessons from when I did the stations the last time, I think the quarter coming up is going to be easy to pull together. Well, I hope it will be any way.
Our lesson for tonight is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but we will be studying from Matthew 21:23-22:14. After the triumphal entry and the 2nd cleansing of temple (not to mention the raising of Lazarus), the Pharisees and the chief priests are really mad at Jesus. They keep wanting to kill him. It is so interesting that they never can seem to do it. He's right there amongst them, even talking to them. We know from our study that they couldn't kill Jesus until Jesus allowed them to. His death was His choice. The chief priests and Pharisees would not decide when it would happen.
Before Jesus taught the parables we will study tonight, the chief priests confronted Jesus about His authority. Jesus did not respond to their foolish questions. Instead, He responded with a question which they were not willing to answer. As a result, He didn't answer them.
Then Jesus taught the parable of the 2 sons. One chose not to obey his father but later repented and did what he was told. The other said he would do the job but never did. This is a great lesson on obedience and repentance.
The next parable was about the wicked vinedressers that killed the landowners servants and finally his son when they came for the fruits of the vineyard. The parallel is easy to see. God sent prophets and then finally His Son. They were all mistreated and/or killed. In the end, the vineyard would be given to others. This is another reference to the Gentiles being offered the gift of salvation just as the Jews.
The last parable we will be talking about is the wedding feast. It is a lesson that again points out that if the Jews are not willing to accept Christ, others will be allowed to accept the invitation.
My Lesson Plan:
Let them spend time in the stations.
Today's lesson: Parables of the 2 sons, wicked vinedressers and wedding feast
Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 Peter.
Sing: I started teaching them a song that I wrote last Wed. We'll continue working on it. It is called Is It I?
Recite (in unison): Let them choose which passage they need the most help with and we'll work on it tonight.