Amie and I teach Sunday school (preschoolers).Â We have a curriculum, so we don’t need to always come up with lessons.Â Each lesson has a passage from the Bible, a script we act out with puppets, and some suggestions of activities.Â However, sometimes I’ll read the Bible story and wish they would do a really fun activity.Â For example, John 2:13-16:
13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, â€œGet these out of here! How dare you turn my Fatherâ€™s house into a market!â€
How awesome of a Sunday school lesson would that be?Â For arts and crafts, you could make a whip.Â Get a few rolls of pennies and put them on the table and then let the kids knock over the table.Â I guarantee they would remember that lesson for a while.Â And when their parents come to pick them up, they’d see the craft and ask what it was, and the kid could respond, “It’s a whip like Jesus used.”
I mentioned this idea to our pastor.Â He mentioned that the Romans would actually tie bits of broken glass or metal into the whips, but we would probably want to avoid that.Â Â So next time you see the Easter story with Jesus being hit with a bullwhip, it’s probably not accurate.Â A whip with multiple ends each of which contain metal or glass to dig into the flesh is probably a bit more accurate.