“Jesus Kept the Sabbath Day Holy”
Print the Sabbath Story Pictures. Tape the pages together along the back bottom edges in the order they were printed. Roll the pictures into a scroll. Tie the scroll with a piece of yarn or string. (Optional Ideas: tape a dowel rod to the top edge and to the bottom edge of the scroll. You could also print off the numbered words below and glue them to the back of their matching picture. This makes it easier to read the words as you show the pictures. )
Unroll one side of the scroll until the first picture is showing. Read the words to the family that go with each scroll picture (see below). When finished with one page, roll up the top roll with one hand as you unroll the bottom roll with the other hand until you get to the next picture.
1. When Jesus lived on the earth he honored the Sabbath day. The bible tells us how he kept it holy. On the Sabbath Jesus went to the synagogues (churches) to worship and teach.
2. One day when Jesus was in a synagogue he saw a man whose right hand was crippled. He also saw some Jewish leaders called Pharisees. The Pharisees were a people who opposed Jesus because they thought he would take away their power and authority from them. They tried to trap him into saying things that were wrong or against the law. They asked Jesus if it was against the law to heal someone on the Sabbath day. They thought it was.
3. The Jews in Jesus’ time were not living the Sabbath as they had been commanded. They had made up strict rules that did not help them worship Heavenly Father. For example, it was forbidden to set a broken bone or reset a dislocated joint on the Sabbath. Another of their strict rules was that a knot which could be untied with one hand was lawful to tie on the Sabbath, but if it required two hands to untie, it was not lawful.
4. Jesus taught the Jews that these rules were wrong. Jesus answered their question concerning the unlawfulness of healing on the Sabbath by asking them what they would do if one of them had a sheep and it fell into a hole on the Sabbath. He asked if they would lift it out. When none of the Pharisees answered him, Jesus continued by saying how much better a person is than a sheep.
5. He then called to the man with the crippled hand. Jesus asked the man to stand and hold out his hand. As the man did so, Jesus healed his hand.
Where did Jesus go on the Sabbath? (To church)
Why did Jesus go to church? (To worship and teach)
What else did he do? (He healed a man with the crippled hand)
Tell the family that if it is something that Jesus would do on the Sabbath, such as giving blessings to the sick, attending church, worshiping, and teaching the gospel, it is a good thing to do on the Sabbath Day.
“To Keep Ourselves Unspotted From the World”
In life Satan tries hard to tempt us to sin.
Show the picture of the girl, the boy, and the dirt spots. Tell the children that the dirt spots represent sin.
Satan doesn’t want us to excel and succeed in life. He wants us to live lives that are full of degradation and worldly thoughts and actions such as greed, selfishness, and pride.
Heavenly Father wants us to live upright, clean lives so that we can gain exaltation, and he provides ways for us to achieve this.
Turn on a general conference CD (or DVD). Also turn on some other items that make noise such as a TV, radio, hand vacuum, blender, etc.
We would have to turn off all the competing noises in order to hear and focus on the conference CD. That is why Heavenly Father has given us the Sabbath Day, so we can turn off all competing influences and focus on things that will strengthen us spiritually and keep us unspotted from the world.
It is a Commandment to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy
Game and Object Lesson
Divide the family into two groups or more. (More copies of the game board and creation pictures will be needed if if the family is divided into more than two groups.)
Give each group a game board and a set of creation pictures.
Have each group try to put the correct pictures in each square according to which “day” it took place in the creation account (one square will get two pictures). After they are done, tell them the correct order and have them check their answers.
• On the first day God made light and divided the light from the darkness.
• On the second day God made the sky (firmament).
• On the third day God made the flowers, grass and trees.
• On the fourth day God made the sun, moon, and stars
• On the fifth day God made the birds, fish and whales.
• On the sixth day God made the land animals… and man.
After they fix their boards, ask the family what day of the week is missing on their chart. (The seventh)
• What happened on the seventh day? (Read Genesis 2:2-3) God sanctified the day and rested from his labors.
Since the beginning of the world, one day a week has been set apart for us to rest from our labors, and to focus on worship and spiritual matters. We call this day the Sabbath.
• What day do we observe the Sabbath? (On Sunday)
(Show the picture of Moses)
When Moses was on the earth, the Lord gave him some stone tablets.
• What was written on those tablets? (The Ten Commandments)
Read Exodus 20:8 Explain that keeping the Sabbath day holy was one of the Ten Commandments. Keeping the Sabbath day holy is a commandment.
• Why are we to keep the Sabbath day holy?
In the bible dictionary, it says that something that is holy is set apart for a sacred purpose.
• What purpose was the Sabbath day set apart for? (For worship, and to get spiritually strengthened and physically rested)
Read the scripture Exodus 31:17. Ask what refreshed means. (Rested, clean, nourished)
Heavenly Father knew we would need spiritual and physical refreshment each week.
Pour water from the pitcher into the cup, explaining that as we attend our church meetings, worship and keep the Sabbath day holy, we are spiritually filled and refreshed.
During the week we are involved in activities that may drain our spiritual reserves. (Pour water from the cup into the bowl as you name several possibilities such as school, chores, sports, friends, disagreements with a family member or making a wrong choice.)
We can replenish our cup a little each day as we read the scriptures, pray and keep the commandments (pour a little water from the pitcher into the cup for each item mentioned).
On Sunday we are commanded to use the entire day for spiritual refreshment and physical rest so that we can have the spiritual strength and physical renewal to help us make good choices and keep the commandments throughout the week. (Fill the cup with water) (Object lesson from Primary 6 manual, Lesson 20, Enrichment Activity #1 )