This week we learned about things we can't see - we did a science experiment and studied the inside of an egg - what is in there, where do chickens come from, are they mammals or birds? Would you like to live inside that egg? Do you think it is soft or hard? Will it feel soft like a pillow or hard like a rock? Did God design a world where things change even though you can't see it with your eyes? If a chicken were growing in there, could you see its body form with your eyes? How long does it take for the chicken to form? What do you think will happen when we put the vinegar in with the egg? (Drew said a baby chick would come out, Gabe said egg plant would grow!) These were the science questions we asked and discussed. Drew, then drew a picture in his journal and wrote about what he saw."
I found the experiment here. The kids LOVED it, they especially enjoyed watching the reaction between the vinegar and the egg shell. I actually used this experiment for our Bible and Science lesson - how do you relate this to the Bible you might ask? Here is what I shared with them.
"Boys - this egg represents your body, inside your body lives your soul or heart which is represented by this yolk. What color is the egg yolk? Yes, that is right, the yolk is yellow just like the sun. What does the sun give us? Yes, light. Who is our light? Yes, that is correct, it is Jesus! There is also something in this egg called the membranes. The membrane you can't see right now, but in a few days you will see just how necessary it is to protecting that yolk. Now lets put the egg into the vinegar. The vinegar is sin - what is sin? Good - sin is when we miss the mark (or in kid language - make wrong choices).
Look at that reaction? What is the sin (vinegar) doing to the body (egg shell)? Yes, it is eating away at it. What do you think will happen to the body (egg shell)? What will be revealed? Will we see it happen quickly or slowly? Yes, we won't see anything big happen right now, sin always takes its time, it is slow and methodical. Now lets leave the egg and vinegar in the fridge for a night and check on it tomorrow.
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
The following morning the boys rushed to the fridge to see what had happened to the egg. The only thing they noticed was that the egg was floating, instead of being on the bottom of the glass container, it had become lighter and floated to the top. The shell was still present and the vinegar was still reacting. I shared with them that sin seems pleasant for a time, sin can be fun and sometimes you don't get punished for that sin. It is easy to believe that its not effecting you and that you are happy in your sin.
Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
Day 2 Evening
Finally that evening we opened the fridge and the egg was yellow. I took the body (egg) out of the sin (vinegar), then washed the stinky, smelly, slimy egg and dried it off. Drew didn't want to touch it at all, but Gabe was bold enough to hold it. I then shared that sin (vinegar) eats away at our body (egg shell), it can sometimes be hard to spot - like a small little fib, or a selfish attitude, or not sharing with a sibling. Over time these little sins grow into bigger and bigger sins -it is hard to ever go back to the form you were before. That is where Jesus comes in, He knew that sin would eat away at our body and prevent us from the life God intended when He created us. Jesus saw that yucky, slimy, sinful body and died on a cross so that we wouldn't be left unprotected and alone.
God sent his Son Jesus to free us from that slavery to sin - Jesus died to take away that sin so we could be with Father God. Father God is sinless and so perfectly spectacular that it is impossible to be around such glory and power and might unless we too are perfect. If we went into His presence all smelly and sticky, like vinegar, we would die and go to Hell. God didn't want that at all, He wants to be with us forever! So, God loved us so much and He used our sin for good - to show us that we are sad, lonely, stinky, slimy sinners and need a Savior to unite us with that wonderfully majestic God.
See that membrane in there - that membrane is Jesus - see how the heart/soul (yolk) is protected and safe inside there? That is what Jesus does to us when we ask Him to rule and reign in our lives. Do you know what it means to have Jesus rule and reign? "No" - well it means that Jesus takes over the way you think, act, talk, and speak. It means you want so much to be with Jesus that you ask Him to take over your life - instead of you obeying sin, you obey Jesus. In your case as little children, that means you obey mommy and daddy and listen for God's voice. Like when you gave money to the Makeover last year, or gave your sword balloon to that little girl when her's broke. Those times of kindness came from Jesus and you heard His voice and instantly obeyed. You are in training and He is molding you into the likeness of Jesus - you are getting ready to meet God the Father one day. Jesus took away your stinky, smelly, sinful heart and is getting your heart ready to meet God!
Remember back to Day 1 when we talked about the sun being yellow? We also said that Jesus was the Light of this World, well, when Jesus comes to protect you ( like the membrane in the egg), He takes that light and places it within you - that is called the Holy Spirit. Remember Him? That light is what shines in this dark world. That light is what other people see when they meet you. You are called to share that light with others, not hide it way. We want God's glorious light to brightly shine in you and then you share that light with others. Who are some people you could share that light with? Maybe you could tell them about the egg experiment and then talk to them about Jesus?
What then, shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be. Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed. And having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.