In your table groups, read through the Scriptures below and then answer the following questions.
1. What did Abraham do before the negotiation that helped make it successful?
2. What did Abraham do during the negotiation that helped make it successful?
3. Was Abraham going for Win-Win or something else? Why do you think so?
4. Why do you think Abraham stopped at ten?
5. Could he have gotten the Lord to agree to a lower number? Why do you think so?
6. What practices of good negotiation can you use in your negotiations?
This object lesson helps children understand that it’s not the outside that is most important; it’s the inside. God looks at their heart and sees the best in them.
- Several uncut fruits that are ugly on the outside. (Some fruits that would work would be: ugli fruit, rambuttan, dragon fruit, passion fruit, jackfruit, durian.)
- Several of the same fruits cut for you to taste
- Enough pieces of the cut fruits for all the kids to have a piece
- If you can’t find a fruit ugly enough, feel free to use the slide show I prepared for this lesson. (It’s on the Lesson and Material Downloads page.) It has my daughter trying a piece of rambuttan, a fruit common in south and southeast Asia. (It’s quite tasty and makes a nice piece of perishable jewelry, as you’ll see in the slideshow.)
- Cut up fruit – have pieces available for you and pieces available for all the kids.
- Practice script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- (Hold up one of the ugly fruits and say…) ”Anyone interested in eating something like this?”
- “Looks pretty nasty, doesn’t it?”
- “Okay, so it’s not the prettiest fruit out there, but have you ever tasted it?” (Eat a piece.)
- “Mmmmmm…. That’s really sweet!”
- “I bet some of you would like a piece, huh?” (Have someone pass out fruit pieces.)
- “Now, how can something that’s so good on the inside be so ugly on the outside?”
- “I think there is a lesson for us here.”
- “Just because something – or someone – isn’t beautiful on the outside doesn’t mean they can’t be wonderful on the inside.”
- “It’s hard to see inside someone, isn’t it?”
- “But you know who can always see the wonderful things inside us?” (Listen for responses.)
- “Right, Jesus!”
- “He sees the best in you!”
- “So even if some people have told you that you are an ‘ugly fruit,’ remember that Jesus can always see what’s good inside of you!”
- “It’s ‘Rhyme Time! Here’s our rhyme for today’s lesson:” (Post this on a poster or project it using an overhead or LCD projector, and have the kids repeat it after you several times to reinforce the lesson.)
He loves me like I am today
And sees what others cannot see.
While others only see my faults,
Jesus sees the best in me!