Read Romans 3:20 out loud with your family.
Ask the following question and discuss the answer together as a family.
Q: You’re baking cookies and the recipe calls for sugar, but you use salt instead. Do you think the cookies will be good?
Parent Note: If we expect to end up with a pile of yummy cookies, we have to follow the recipe exactly as it is written. Before Jesus died for our sins, people had to live strictly according to the Law, or they would face punishment and judgment. The Law was like a recipe the people had to follow if they wanted to avoid punishment. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross means that we don’t have to live by the Law; we are forgiven. What it does mean is that we can learn from our mistakes, see the consequences of sin, and work to never commit them again. Jesus won’t make our salty cookies taste good, but He does give us a chance to try making them again the right way.
Pray this out loud together:
Dear God, You made Solomon very wise.
Help us to be wise and to follow You and love You more than anything else.
We ask these things in Jesus’ name, Amen.