Sunday School Lesson 227 Balaam and the Donkey

Lesson: 227

Lesson Name: Balaam: The Man who was Dumber than His Donkey
Theme: Sin Found Out / Detected

Reading: Numbers 22:1-35

Memory Verse: 2 Pet. 2:16
Memory Verse Text: Balaam. . . Was rebuked for his iniquity.

Talking Points

Point 1: The King of Moab sent important men to Balaam with the purpose of getting him to do something that was wrong and sinful.  The distance that the men may have gone was very great; it could have been up to 400 miles!  Application: There are many people and influences in the world today that seek the same thing; to encourage others to do sinful things.
Point 2: Balaam not only entertained the men sent from Moab, but he also allowed himself to entertain the thoughts they suggested.  This was/is a very dangerous combination.  Application: Be very careful about who you allow to be close to you.
Point 3: God spoke plainly to Balaam and told him that he couldn't go.  (Suggest ways to the class that Balaam may have conveyed that message to the princes.)  As a result, the men returned to the King who immediately sent them back to Balaam with a greater offer.
Point 4: Urged by the princes, Balaam was driven to Moab by his own lust and what God called "madness" in 2 Peter 2:16.  On the journey to Moab, it became apparent that the donkey could see better than Balaam.  Application: We should be thankful to God for others in our lives that He may use to awaken us.

Notes: Perhaps it could be noted that the world says, "Every man has his price."  Believers have a price as well, but their price has already been paid at the Cross and as a result, they are not their own.

Summary: What would have happened if Balaam had continued on in the way he was going?

Activities

Sunday School Lesson Activity 003 Road Signs with a Spiritual MessageSunday School Lesson Activity 003 Road Signs with a Spiritual Message

 
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Set of road signs modified to tell a spiritual message such as "Christ is the way" for a one way street sign.  "Two Way Decision" for the crossroads in life or for the Two Roads mentioned in Matthew 7.  8 signs are included in this file.
 

Sunday School Lesson Activity 010 The AuctionSunday School Lesson Activity 010 The Auction

 
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This group activity will teach your students the value of the soul according to Mark 8:36.  Print some money. Give it to your students. Present various items that they can bid on.  At the end of the activity is the opportunity to compare the value of the soul to any other thing that can be purchased or pursued in this world.