Summary: We all know the story, but do we actually learn from the story. What it means to be a Good Samaritan
This is week five of our Old School Sunday School series. Each week we’ve been re-telling some of the great bible stories from the New Testament, and so we’ve discovered new insights from the story of Jesus’ parents losing him when he was a kid, about Jesus being baptized, healing the blind man and being entertained by Martha and her sister Mary.
A generation ago most children grew up hearing these stories in Sunday School and while Cornerstone doesn’t offer a traditional Sunday School program our Children’s ministries on Sunday morning still teach our children these stories, albeit without the flannelgraph.
For years flannelgraphs were an integral part of the Sunday School experience. How many of you had never seen or heard tell of a flannelgraph before we started this series?
This history of the flannelgraph grows back over 70 years. In 1942 a lady by the name of Ruth Overhotzer along with students from Dallas Baptist University launched a magazine called “Child Evangelism Magazine”. And each issue included a bible lesson with paper cut-outs to be used on a flannelgraph. And as they say, the rest is history. It wasn’t long before churches started ordering the magazine so they could use the flannelgraphs to supplement their Sunday School Curriculum.
Someone commented that flannelgraph was the first PowerPoint but that would actually be stained glass windows.
Flannel Graph Story of The Good Samaritan
He had woken up with a bad feeling about today, but that wasn’t unusual, he hated getting up in the morning and always woke up with a bad feeling. But now he was certain that he should have stayed in bed. It had started as just another day, and part of his day included a trip to Jericho. Not a long trip, and physically not an altogether difficult trip. And if we were to zoom in on the area immediately surrounding Jerusalem we would discover that Jericho was a twenty mile walk from the capital, and it was all downhill. Jerusalem was 2300 feet above sea level and Jericho was near the Dead Sea 1300 feet below sea level, a drop of 3600 feet over that 20 miles. And while physically it wasn’t a tough walk it was a dangerous walk, this was a bad area and as recently as the 1930’s it was still considered a dangerous trek. The path was narrow and twisting and provided all kinds of places to hide and then jump out and rob the unsuspecting.
And that is what happened to him, he was merrily going on his way, thinking about the end of the journey when suddenly he was mugged. A whole bunch of them jumped out from behind a rock, beat him to the ground stole all his money and then to add insult to injury they stole his clothes. He hurt so bad he couldn’t move, maybe if he just laid still the hurt would go away. And just when he was ready to just allow himself to drift away someone arrived, he sensed more then saw their presence and when he opened his eyes he could just make out the hem of their robe, a priest, it was a priest, thank God. But as quickly as the religious leader arrived he left, it almost seemed that he rushed away, and the man was alone, again.