Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mark 10:46 - Curing the Blind Man

Purpose:  To Teach the students about the hopelessness a Blind Person might feel, and how sighted people may treat them and to show them that Jesus is till the answer for hopelessness.. 

Primary Scripture: Mark 10:46-52 (ESV) Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus - " And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”  And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you.” And throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. And Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” And the blind man said to him,“Rabbi, let me recover my sight.” And Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith hasmade you well.” And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him on the way. "

Opening Drill: "Blind Man Pop"

Equipment Needed: 6 to 10 children, two somethings to use as blindfolds, 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors), A printer to print up a sentence, scissors to but up the sentence.

How to Play the Game: 

1)    First, you need to print up the following sentence two times:

How You Treat People is Very Important.

How You Treat People is Very Important. 

2)    Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 (seven) words, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up.  In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 word from the sentence above in each one, twice.  For example:  7 Blue Balloons with one word each, and 7 Red Balloons with 1 word each.  You can have a few empty balloons too, just to make it more fun.

3)    Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.

4) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:

     a) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,

     b) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.

     c) The Blindfolded student CAN NOT pick up more than one balloon at a time, nor can they take the other teams balloons.  If they do, they must return them, before getting more of their own.

     d) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.

5) Say Go.

Explaining the meaning of the Game:

Gather all the students, and start asking questions.  You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.

To the Blindfolded Students:
1) How does it feel when you can not see?
2) Was it easy to figure out what you team members wanted?
3) Did you feel like you were important and useful or was it frustrating?  Why?
4) What could have made your life easier?
5) Did you feel at anytime hopeless?

To the Other Team Members:
1) Was it easy to get your blind team member to get what you wanted?
2) Did you ever feel like doing it your self because it would be easier?
3) How did it feel to have a blind team member.

Tell the students that in your experience there are only 2 ways to overcome hopelessness, like a real blind person in this game might feel.  1 is to have really good team members. This is very rare.  The other, and better way, is to be on a winning team, with Jesus as the captain.  Imagine how much hope you would have, if your team had God on it.

This is the section of class where we do praise and worship.  You can do whatever you want.

Primary Verse: "Surprise Help for Paul on Malta"

Setting up the Story:   

Tell them that in biblical times all the way to the 20th century, and still in some countries, people believe that people were blind because either they or their parents had sinned, so there was very little compassion for them.

You can tell them the Gross fact of the day, that in ancient Greece, they left children out in the woods for the wolves to take, or to just die of exposure, if they were Blind, or sometimes if they were just female, or had any other birth defect.  Imagine in that environment how little help you would get from anyone.  

These people are/were often forced to be beggars just to stay alive.  Pretty hopeless.

Read the Verse for the day from above. Take your time, explain the words and feelings.

Making it Real:
Ask any or all of these questions
1) Why did he cry out to Jesus?  -  Faith in the Son of God - Hope
2) Why did the others tell him to stop?  - Because he was low end in the society.
3) Why did Jesus call him?
4) Why did they tell him to have Hope when Jesus called him?
5) Did Jesus tell him what was best for him, or did he tell Jesus what he wanted?
6) What made well? - Faith
7) Are they places in your life that you have been hopeless?  Who ya gonna call?

What do I do if I Have too Much Time for This Lesson?
Do a Balloon pass version of a Sword fight, and give a small reward, like a sticker, a food item, anything, to each student who gives an answer.  Play it like musical chairs, only that they pass a balloon in the air when the music is playing.  When it stops, whoever has the balloon has a chance to give you a bible verse.  If they do, they win the reward.  Start again.

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