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青少年教程 (传道书*第7课) | 这不公平!


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这是一套在美国很受欢迎的教材,按年龄共分三部分:0-6岁学龄前儿童教程,6-12岁学龄儿童教程,和12岁以上青少年教程。我们将陆续翻译成中文,分享给大家。
这套教材里的每一篇,无论是教程还是各种活动,都独立成篇,没有先后顺序,大家可以按需要和负担选择使用。
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课程目的

1. 进一步提高学生对旧约传道书的认识。

2. 帮助学生明白,在这一生,事情并不总是公平的。

3. 鼓励学生讨神喜悦,等待来生的公正。


主题

公平、神的审判、公正


背诵经文

传道书9:4


开始祷告(5-10分钟)


团队建造(15分钟)


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喝(游戏)


请两位志愿者(一个男孩和一个女孩)为一个指定的奖品而竞争。目标是看谁能最快地灌下可乐或其他软饮料。


男孩先试。诀窍是,给男孩20盎司的饮料,让他在计时的情况下完成。然后,在完成并记录时间后,给女孩一个较小瓶的饮料(8或12盎司)并计时。即使女孩输了比赛,你也要指出:为相同的最终奖励而给他们不同的责任,是不公平的。

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课堂起头(5分钟)

一般讨论:

- 这个游戏公平吗?为什么是/不?

- 怎样才能使游戏公平?

- 生活是公平的吗?为什么是/不?


今天我们将讨论"公平"以及传道书中关于我们应该如何对待生活。大家准备好了吗?


深入学习(20分钟)


读 传道书8:1-8

问题讨论:

1. 一个人对王的态度应该是什么?(服从的态度)

2. 服从王的人将会有什么结果?(他们不会受到伤害)

3. 这个建议,以及上下的经文,都是关于智慧的。邪恶和缺乏智慧是如何并存的? (智慧的人寻求神并遵循祂的命令;邪恶的人走自己的路)


通常,我们不明白神的旨意对我们的未来意味着什么。我们喜欢质疑它。然而,若我们知道祂的旨意,即使我们不全部明白,我们也应该遵循。


如果我们在争战中放弃了,这并不能使我们脱离危险。我们也不会因为加入敌人而逃避危险。我们必须记住,我们是在争战中。作为基督徒,我们的责任是遵循我们的指挥官。祂坐在高山上,看到了整个画面。祂想要的是对我们最好的。


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实物短讲

(可选。将手电筒照在你的正前方。大家会明显感觉到它照亮了你的路。现在把它照到远处去。很大可能是它会变得非常微弱。)


神常常并不揭示祂在我们很前方所要做的事。祂知道我们无法面对这一切。相反,祂给了我们所需要知道和能够处理的东西。祂要我们遵循祂的呼召,顺服地去做祂让我们现在所要做的事。就像手电筒,我们只能看到前面的路,而不能看到很前面的路。如果我们不走手电筒照亮的地方,就会增加我们受伤的可能性。

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读 传道书8:9-17

问题讨论:

1. 你是否曾看着一个不敬重神的人,想知道为什么他/她看起来那么好?

2. 所罗门说:"恶人得到义人应得的,义人得到恶人应得的"。你见过这种情况吗?谁能举个例子?(一个作弊者在考试中得了满分,而一个努力学习的人却只得了C,等等)

3. 今天有一种态度很盛行:"如果我能够逃脱后果,我就能去做。" 你认识有这种想法的人吗?这种态度有什么不好?(仅仅因为你可以逃脱责任,并不意味着事情本身是正确的)


所罗门在这里的观点是,我们都生活在一个堕落的、不公平的世界里。有时,邪恶的人似乎很兴旺。然而,这不应该让我们在信仰上动摇。相反,神的仆人应该寻求神的长久认可。


这就像前面几节提到的王一样。如果我们为讨王喜悦而活,最终不会有任何伤害。


4. 所罗门提到了长寿。长寿是你在这世上如何生活的结果吗?(不是)解释一下。


在所罗门时代,神对未来的事启示甚少。 长寿不一定是在这个世界上活得更久。 正如所知,我们只是这个世界的访客(彼得前书2:11)。 通过基督,我们知道在未来会有一个比整个地球大得多的奖赏。恶人的日子不会比他们在地上的时间长。


应用(25分钟)

即使知道这一点,许多人对这个世界仍有异议。 例如,许多人对邪恶有意见。神怎么能让事情以这样的方式发生?我们有时很难理解神的方式。所罗门的解释是,神故意让生活变得不可预测,以防我们试图接管控制它(第16-17节)。我们被提醒,一切都在神的手中,而不是在我们的手中。第九章就是这样开始的。


读 传道书9:1-4

问题讨论:

1. 等待义人和恶人的"必然之事 "是什么? (死亡和审判)

2. 根据这些经文,为什么"活狗胜过死狮"?(当我们还活着的时候,就还有希望。一旦死了,我们的命运和前途就完结了)

3. 当你想到来生,会有什么不同感受?(有很多不同,但有一个很大的不同是,这个世界的不公正将消失)


活动(15分钟)

我发现这不公平!

拿出一些报纸、杂志,或让学生用手机查找新闻网站。让他们寻找那些 "不公平 "的故事。例如,一个在龙卷风中失去房子的老妇人,一个被错误定罪的人,或者一个囤积钱财又赢得奖金的富人,而慷慨的人却被无视。允许用几分钟的时间找到 "不公平"的事情。然后提出以下问题。


一般讨论:

- 这样的故事让你有什么感觉?

- 你认为它们让神感觉如何?

- 为什么神不选择在今生审判这些人?(神很有耐心,不希望有人灭亡,而是希望每个人都能悔改)

- 当我们都被审判的时候,你认为有些人将会如何地惊讶?


我们生活在一个有罪的、堕落的世界里。通常,发生的事对我们来说似乎都很难。然而,神是美善的。祂常常通过各种不幸来祝福我们。我们的目标是讨神喜悦,通过我们周遭的不幸保持盼望。


今生是不公平的,但今生之后发生的事才是最终的--而且是公正的。


结束祷告(2分钟)



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Ecclesiastes

Lesson 7: It's Not Fair!

LESSON OBJECTIVES Goals

1. To further the students' knowledge of the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 2. To help students understand that things in this life will not always seem fair 3. To motivate students to please God and await the justice of the next life


Topics:

Fairness, Judgment of God, Justice


Scripture Memorization

Ecclesiastes 9:4

OPENING PRAYER (5 to 10 minutes)

GROUP BUILDING (5 minutes)

Chug (Game) Ask for two volunteers (one boy and one girl) to compete for a designated prize. The goal is to see who can chug down a coke or other soft drink the fastest. The boy tries first. The trick is, you give the boy a 20-ounce bottle and tell him to go to town as you time how long it takes. Then, after finishing and recording the time, you give the girl a smaller version of the soft drink (8 or 12-ounce can) and timed. Even if the girl still loses the contest, you make the point. It was not FAIR to give them different responsibilities for the same ultimate reward.


GETTING STARTED (5 minutes)

General Discussion: • Was the game fair? Why or why not? • What would have made the game fair? • Is life fair? Why or why not? Today we are going to discuss "fairness" and what Ecclesiastes has to say about how we should approach life. Is everyone ready?

DIGGING IN (20 minutes)

Read Ecclesiastes 8:1-8

Discussion Questions: 1. What is someone’s attitude toward the king supposed to be? (One of obedience.) 2. Whoever obeys the king will come to what end? (They will be done no harm.) 3. This advice, and the verses around it, all speak about wisdom. How do wickedness and a lack of wisdom go hand-in-hand? (The wise seek God and follow His commands; the wicked go their own way.)

Often, we do not understand what God’s Will means for our future. We like to question it. However, when we know His Will, we should follow even if we do not understand the full purpose.

If we give up during the battle, that does not take us out of danger. We do not escape danger by joining the enemy, either. We must remember that we are in battle. Our duty as Christians is to follow what our Commander tells us. He sits on a high hill and sees the whole picture. He wants what is best for us.


Object Talk: (Optional: Shine a flashlight right in front of you. It will be obvious to the group that it lights your way. Now shine it off in the distance. Chances are it will be much fainter.)

God often does not show what He is doing with us a long way down the path. He knows we could not handle it all. Instead, He shows us what we NEED to know and can handle. His goal for us is to be obedient in following what He calls us to do right NOW. Like a flashlight, we can only see the path in front of us, not down the way. However, if we do not step where the flashlight is shining, we increase our chances of getting hurt.

Read Ecclesiastes 8:9-17

Discussion Questions: 1. Have you ever looked at someone who wasn’t honoring God and wondered why he or she seemed to have it so well? 2. Solomon says, “The wicked get what the righteous deserve and the righteous get what the wicked deserve.” Have you ever seen this happen? Can anyone give an example? (A cheater makes 100% on a test and someone who studies makes a C, etc.) 3. There is an attitude that is prevalent today. It goes, “If I can get away with it, I can do it.” Do you know anyone who thinks this way? How is this attitude a bad one? (Just because you can get away with it doesn’t mean it is right.)

Solomon’s point here is that we all live in a fallen, unfair world. Sometimes the wicked do seem to prosper. Nevertheless, this should not cause us to falter in our faith. Instead, the servant of God should look for the enduring approval of the Lord.

It’s just like the king mentioned in the early verses. If we live to please the King, no harm will ultimately come to us. 4. Solomon mentions long life. Is long life a result of how you live on this earth? (No.) Explain. In Solomon’s day, God revealed very little about the life to come. Long life is not necessarily living longer on this world. As we know, we are simply visitors to this world (I Peter 2:11). Through Christ, we know that in the future we will have a reward that is much bigger than earth. The day of the wicked does not last longer than their time on earth.

MAKING IT REAL (25 minutes)

Even knowing this, many people have a problem with the way things work in our world. For example, many people have a problem with evil. How can God let things happen the way he does? It is difficult for us to understand sometimes how God works. Solomon’s explanation is that God has made life unpredictable on purpose to keep us from trying to take it over and control it (verses 16-17). We are reminded that everything is in God’s hands, not ours. This is how chapter 9 begins.

Read Ecclesiastes 9:1-4

Discussion Questions: 1. What is the “certain thing” that awaits the righteous and the wicked? (Death and judgment.) 2. Why is a “live dog better than a dead lion,” based on these verses? (While we are still living, we have hope. Once dead, our destiny and fate are sealed.) 3. When you think about the life after this one, how different will it be? (Lots of differences, but one big difference is that the injustice of this world will disappear.)

Activity (15 minutes)

I Find it Unfair! Bring out some newspapers, magazines, or have students look up news websites on their phones. Have them look for stories that are “unfair.” For example, an elderly woman who loses her house in a tornado, a man wrongly convicted of a crime, or a rich person who hoards their wealth and wins a prize while the generous are ignored. Allow a few minutes to find something that is "unfair." Then ask the following questions:


General Discussion: • How do stories like this make you feel? • How do you think they make God feel? • Why doesn’t God choose to judge these people in this life? (God is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, and instead would like everyone to repent of their sins.) • When we are all judged, how do you think some people will be surprised?

We live in a sinful and fallen world. Often, things that happen seem difficult to us. However, God is good. He often blesses us through our surrounding tragedies. Our goal is to please the Master and keep up hope through the tragedies that surround us.

This life is unfair, but what happens after this life is final--and it is just.

CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)


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