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The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

Bible, Books and Video:

Scripture:  Matthew 7: 24-27
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes:  pg 272
My Story Bible:  pg 82-85 
Through the Bible Felt:  pg 176-177

Verse:

Psalms 85:8 - I will listen to what God says
Tune:  “Mary Had a Little Lamb”
I will listen to what God says
What God says, what God says
I will listen to what God says
Psalms 85, verse 8

Songs:

- The Wise Man & the Foolish Man (Traditional)
The wise man built his house upon the rock. (pound fist in hand ending strong on word “rock”) - 3x
And the rains came a-tumbling down! (shower rain down with fingers)

Chorus:
The rain came down, as the floods came up. (shower rain down with finger and then raise palms back up) - 3x
And the house on the rock stood firm! (make house with hands and hit fist to palm on word “rock”)

The foolish man built his house upon the sand. (pound fist in hand ending with palms moving out on “sand”) - 3x
And the rains came a-tumbling down! (shower rain down with fingers)

Chorus:
The rain came down, as the floods came up. (shower rain down with finger and then raise palms back up) - 3x
And the house on the sand went splat! (spread hands out)

So build your life on the Lord Jesus Christ. (pound fist in hand, point up for Jesus) - 3x
And the blessing will come down! (shower rain down with fingers)

Chorus:
The blessing will come down as the prayers go up. (shower rain down with fingers, raise prayer hands up.) - 3x
So build your life on the Lord!  (pound fist in hand, point up for Jesus)

ABCJLM Activities and Crafts:

- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets:  Wise Man and the Foolish Man

- Create a house with large marshmallows.  Create another house using Legos.  Turn on a fan or hair dryer and see how the houses stand when the "wind" blows.  Relate this to the Bible story.

- Build two houses out of Legos.  In a container, make a pile of rocks and a pile of sand.  Set a Lego house on each.  Pour water on both foundations and observe the difference.

- Make marshmallow towers
Have the child draw a number from a stack of flashcards.  Try to build a tower using that many marshmallows.

- Create a Rainstorm (Original author unknown)
Imagine sitting with the disciples on a boat and a storm comes.  Have the child help you create the storm by following your lead.  Add this activity to a Family Night for more fun!
1.  Slowly rub fingertips together (wind coming)
2.  Slowly rub hands together (wind getting heavier)
3.  Quickly rub hands together (wind getting stronger)
4.  Slowly snap fingers (raindrops coming) - This is a very difficult task for a preschooler but the child will have fun trying!
5.  Quickly snap fingers (heavy rain)
6.  Clap hands (thunder)
7.  Clap and then immediately hold hands up with spread fingers and strike downward (lightening)
8.  Quickly tap thighs (very hard rainfall)
9.  Repeat in reverse order (storm gradually calming down)

 

Telling the Story with Flannelgraph:

The Wise and the Foolish Man 1   The Wise and the Foolish Man 2
Scripture:  Matthew 7:24-27

Flannelgraph Needed:

Water Board
S2 – Beach
S3 – Small Beach
S8-9 – Two Trees
1 – Jesus
87A – People
197A – Rock
205 – House on the rock
206 – House on the sand
 
Have on the Board – S2, S3, S8-9, 1, 87A, 197A
Have in Order – 205, 206

Story: 

(While telling this story, create a rainstorm.  Directions are in parenthesis throughout the story.)

When Jesus walked on the earth, He taught the people by telling them stories.  We call these stories parables.  Parables are special stories because they teach us a lesson and help us understand more about God.  The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:24-27 (point to the passage in the Bible) that Jesus told a story about two men (put up two fingers) who built two houses (put up two fingers). 

The first man said, “I am going to build a house.  I want it to be very strong so I am going to build it over there on that big strong rock.  I don’t care if it takes longer or if it is more work.  I want my house to be safe.”  So he started building.  (Pound your fist into your hand)  Hammers, nails, boards.  Up the house went.

The second man said, “I am going to build a house.  I love the beach and want to hear the waves.  The sand feels so wonderful.  I am going to build my house right on the beach.”  So he started building.  (Pound your fist into your hand)  Hammers, nails, boards.  Up the house went.  With the job done, both men stepped back from their house to see the finished view.   Wow!  Both houses looked great!

(Slowly rub fingertips together)  Oh, there’s a little wind.  (Slowly rub hands together)  Wow...the trees are beginning to really move.  (Quickly rub hands together)  There are some dark clouds.  Is it going to rain?  (Slowly snap fingers)  Was that a raindrop?   (Quickly snap fingers)  I am getting wet.  I am going to get shelter!  (Clap hands)  Do you hear that thunder?  (Clap and then immediately hold hands up with spread fingers and strike downward)  That was lightening.  (Quickly tap thighs)  This is a strong storm!

The first man watched the storm and knew that his house was strong.  The storm didn’t scare him.  He knew that his house was built on a rock.  But, the second man watched in horror.  While the beach was beautiful, it wasn’t looking good for his house.  The sand wasn’t a firm foundation.   Right before his eyes (clap loudly), the house collapsed!

Which man was wise?  Jesus explained, “People who obey what I say are wise.  They are like the man who built his house on the rock.  But everyone who ignores what I say is foolish.  They are like the foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

Jesus doesn’t want us to just hear the stories in the Bible.  He wants us to obey His word.  Just as the house on the rock stood firm, we can never go wrong when we obey God’s commands. 

 

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