It is often difficult to maintain the attention of students when reading a long passage of scripture. Try keeping their attention by reading a fake version that contradicts the original. Then get them to point out all the mistakes. Here is an example from James:
Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ You know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a powerful person who will live an exciting life and make a lasting impression. You ought to say, “I know what I want to do with my life and there is nothing stopping me doing it.” Don’t be shy about these great things. Tell everyone. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
Come now, you rich people, rejoice for the happy things that are coming to you. Your riches have accumulated, and your clothes are looking great. Your gold and silver shine like the sun and their radiance will be evidence of your greatness, and it will light up your life. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! Don’t worry about all those people who you never paid. God will take care of those who learn how to take care of themselves. Live on the earth in luxury and in pleasure. Eat great food and throw a party because when you are a Christian wealth is never far away. Indeed, if you are a Christian you should expect to have many possessions. This is the will of God.
The original says:
Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.’ Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wishes, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.
Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for the last days. Listen! The wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You have lived on the earth in luxury and in pleasure; you have fattened your hearts on a day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the righteous one, who does not resist you.
December 20, 2012 at 12:58 am
Great idea Ben!
January 9, 2013 at 11:09 pm
We tried this with in our 5th grade Sunday School class with the story of the birth of Jesus. I thought it went really well.