Bible Texts:

Matthew 10:1-14, Mark 6:1-13, Luke 9:1-6

Children's Bible Story sources:

"Jesus Sends out his Disciples,” DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.258 

Children's Story Resources

Joseph and the Sabbath Fish by Eric Kimmel, illustrated by Martina Peluso

Through their personal Sabbath practices, two neighbors learn that sharing what they have with others leads to the greatest kind of wealth:  community of loyal, true, and deep friends. This kind of wealth is more important than money or status.

How these stories are connected:  Jesus sends his disciples out to make a difference in the world with nothing but the clothes on their back. They, like Joseph and Judah, learn that true riches are available to anyone who shares their resources with others.


Questions about Joseph and the Sabbath Fish:

     Why doesn't Judah want to share the Sabbath with anyone?

     What happens to his house and money?

     Why does Joseph want to share the Sabbath with others?

     What happens when he runs out of money? 


Questions about the Bible story:

     Why does Jesus send out the disciples?

     What do they take with them?

     What happens to them?

     Why are they so excited?


Questions about our lives:

     Why do you think God would rather see us have friends than money?

     What things can you share with your friends?

     How does sharing your things help you make friends?



Dear God, help us to share what we have with our friends and neighbors. Teach us how to be good friends and to love you and other people more than we love our things. Amen.