Today we started a four-week series based on 2 Timothy 3:16:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness" (New International Version - UK) This week, the Junior Class looked at different kinds of books, for example, a dictionary, a textbook and a fiction book. We talked about what all these books were for. We then talked about how the Bible is made up of many different books, and how they help us learn in different ways. We talked about the parables that we'd looked at in previous weeks and how Jesus used these to teach.
We continued our discussion about the Parable of the Lost Son this week, focusing on the reaction of the elder son to the celebration of his brother's return.
Our main focus was also on the hardworking brother who
stayed at home while his younger brother, who had collected his share of the father's
wealth, spent it abroad, and returned home, hungry, broke and broken.
We saw that the elder brother was not happy at their father's joy at the
prodigal son's return - for two key reasons; firstly, he, the obedient and hardworking
son had never gotten to 'party' with his friends. Secondly, he did not
understand why the son who wasted the father's resources should be accepted back home -
and with joyful celebrations.
We noted that the elder son did not ask the father for any of what his
brother requested and received. Despite the shortcomings of the prodigal son, he
got what he asked for. Matthew 7:7 says we only receive when we ask - from our
earthly father, and our Father in heaven.
Learning from the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son, we
realise that we need to make our requests known to God. It is also important not
to get angry because we see some person is blessed, or has received something we