Kids can be absolutely serious in their telling of the Bible's stories, and it's often during these story-telling times that teachers become aware of how well the children understood the story. It's hard to find a way to present a story so that children will understand it, especially since they're busy trying to learn all sorts of new things about the world in which they live. But teachers can rarely get exasperated with the children when the stories are told like this:
"David was a king skilled at playing the liar."
"Moses died before he reached Canada"
"Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread without any ingredients."
"Jesus had many arguments with sinners like the Pharisees and the Republicans."
"In the gospel of Luke, they named Jesus Enamel."
"Jesus healed many leopards and preached to some Germans on a mount."
"Samson slayed his enemies by pulling down the pillows of the temple."
"Jesus gave the golden rule which says, 'Do one to others before they do one to you.'"
"One of Jacob's sons, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites."
"Jesus followers were called the 12 decibels."
"The worst of the disciples was Judas Asparagus, and he was so bad they named a terrible vegetable after him."
"The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him."
If you have spent much time teaching kids, I'm sure you could lengthen this list quite a bit with your own stories of children's interpretations. Although it may be hard at times for children to grasp the meaning or importance of the Bible stories, one story must be conveyed in such a way that they won't be confused, and that is the Gospel story. Without a doubt, when they understand the full impact of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection, they will be eager (as children can be) to share the Bible with others. And that eagerness will show up in their desire to better understand all of the Bible's stories.
But, how can you help children develop their understanding of the Bible's stories? Is there any specific approach that might help? Well, there is one way that I have found to be very helpful, and that is to tell the Bible stories in order from Creation to Christ, showing them how that God promised to send Jesus from the time of Adam all the way through the Old Testament, and how He took care of the problem of sin.
During a sleep-over, one young girl shared the Gospel with her friend, and as a result, that friend believed in Jesus. Isn't it exciting to see children eager to see their friends saved, and making an effort to share Jesus' love with them? This doesn't happen unless the children understand the importance of the Bible's message. They will be disinterested, and not see the importance of sharing if they don't understand. This is a challenge to all adult believers to make sure kids know what the Gospel is, and also help them see the importance of sharing it with others.
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