POSTED October 27, 1999


By Louise Ferry

Matthew 22:34-46
PUPPETS: Chris & Sally

    CHRIS: Sally, would you believe it if I told you that dad pinned a set of rules on the Frig this morning.

    SALLY: That must have been a pretty powerful pin.

    CHRIS: I'm not kidding. He typed out a set of rules and pinned them up for everyone to follow.

    SALLY: You mean everyone?

    CHRIS: Yes, everyone including himself.

    SALLY: What kind of rules would he have for himself?

    CHRIS: Well, he had one called "No name calling"

    SALLY: That's a pretty good rule. How about you boys and girls? Do you have rules? (give them time to respond to a couple)

    CHRIS: My Sunday School teacher said that there are the 10 commandments.

    SALLY: Those are sort of like rules aren't they?

    CHRIS: Yes, they are. My teacher said that thousands of years ago, way before Jesus was born, God gave the Jewish people the 10 Commandments.

    SALLY: Yes, I remember when I studied that they also said that by the time Jesus started His ministry there were more than 600 rules.

    CHRIS: That would take a big Frig to hang them on.

    SALLY: It sure would. Could you remember all those rules?

    CHRIS: No way. There were some guys named Pharisees. They didn't believe in Jesus and they wanted to trick Him.

    SALLY: That's right. So one of the Pharisees asked Jesus to tell him which of God's commandments was the most important one.

    CHRIS: Don't keep me waiting, which one was it?

    SALLY: Jesus said that this was the most important rule in life: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself."

    CHRIS: You mean out of all the 10 Commandments and all the 600 rules that the people lived by, Jeus said the most important commandment was to love God and your neighbor?

    SALLY: That's right, Chris. It is that simple.

    CHRIS: We may not remember all we read in the Bible, or all we learn at church, but we can remember to love God and other people.

    SALLY: As I said, that's simple.

    CHRIS: Sure is. Remember boys and girls, love God and love people. It is that simple. Jesus said so.

    SALLY: Bye everybody. (puppets down)