Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Name That Bible Story

We didn't get a Sunday School paper for the Pie on Sunday, so our attempts to review the content of the lesson have been based entirely on the craft she brought home: a sticker-page featuring various urns (some with flowers and some without) and three finger puppets.

There's a "Man" and a "King":


And also a "Friend":


Additional information: The King was kind. The Man was unkind. When asked if she knew the name of the King (David? Nebuchadnezzar? Saul or Ahab?), Pie suggested "Jesus." ("He's on top," she explained.)

Can you figure it out? What Bible story were they teaching this Sunday?

40 comments:

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

This is a great puzzle! But I can't figure it out....Do you think the king may represent God?

the dragonfly said...

Hmm. I don't know! But if you'd like I can send a link to my mom. She taught Sunday School to wee ones for many years. It's worth a shot..

(or have you already figured it out and are just testing us?) ;)

bubandpie said...

Dragonfly - When I started writing the post I thought that this would be a Mad Hatter-style riddle where I don't know the answer, but as I was putting together the post I'm pretty sure I figured it out. So now it's your turn to guess!

Niksmom said...

I am embarassed to confess that I failed Sunday School as a child. Having then spent the rest of my life avoiding organized religion as much as possible (in no small measure due to some pretty scary things which happened to my parents courtesy of extreme fundamentalists, but that's not germaine here), I have noe earthly idea what the story is! I'll keep checking back though for the answer! I am intrigued.

atypical said...

Well, my first thought was of the parable of the indebted man whom the king forgave (though the man then turned around and threw his friend in debtor's prison for a much smaller debt). Of course, that doesn't explain the urns.

-t (the outed lurker)

slouching mom said...

no freakin' idea.

Donna said...

I was thinking the same as atypical. I don't think there's any Bible story that has urns, flowerpots, etc. Must have been a side story there.

Mad Hatter said...

OK, I'm not reading the other comments but it the King really a Judge? B/c isn't there the parable or whatever where the man pleads for leniency on his debt and is granted it but then refuses to show leniency to his own debtor. That one kinda fits the pictures but is not necessarily a Sunday School parable for the two-yr-old set.

Mad Hatter said...

Hey, Bea, I just read the comments and it looks as if someone else is thinking along the same lines as me. Thankfully, I saw Godspell last year b/c even though I have read the bible (more than once), it has been a great long while since I closed the book on Revelations.

niobe said...

The parable of the wedding feast? I'm not sure it exactly fits with the pictures, but I'm trying to explain the flowers.

nomotherearth said...

Is it the one with Lazarus?? I'm sorry, but breastfeeding brain has got hold of me..

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Ummmmm, can I go with Pie and just answer "Jesus"? Because isn't Jesus always the right answer?

I studied the Bible in college and everything, and this one has me thrown. Please give us the answer if you ever find it. lol

Becky said...

My guess would also be the man who's debt was forgiven, but who refused to forgive a debt against him. I'm not completely sure how the urns play in, though. Perhaps they represent what was owed?

Becky said...

And that should be the man "whose debt was...", not "who's debt was..." duh.

Owlhaven said...

What Mad Hatter said.

Mary, who has also puzzled over 3 year old's S.S. papers...

Mary, mom to many

Mrs. Who said...

Haven't been to church in years, although I do consider myself to be deeply spiritual, so I can't help you with this one. It will be interesting to see how many correct answers you get, though.

Maddy said...

I'm far too rusty to even attempt this one! Let us know when you solve the puzzle.
Cheers

KC said...

Oh boy, I feel like when I was younger watching Jeopardy and getting to the "The Bible" category. No matter how on fire I was up until then, The Bible would sink me. (Late-comer to religion)

painted maypole said...

king solomon?

AnneK said...

what came right off the top of my head seems to be what a lot of people thought. the parable of the two debtors. Urn with the flowers no idea...maybe good deeds. NO clue

bubandpie said...

Sarcasta-Mom - Hee hee. I love the fact that, at age two, the Pie has already figured that out: when in doubt at Sunday School, always answer "Jesus!"

Beck said...

Daniel telling the King what his dream meant?

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I'm going with the story of the forgiven debt as well -- especially since the kneeling man looks poor (demonstrated by the shirt off the shoulder) (either that, or he's a fan of "Flashdance") and the other non-king man is standing looking not-so-poor.

You'll let us know, right?

Kyla said...

I agree with Mad, that was the first story I thought of.

Gwen said...

My missionary parents would be very disappointed in the complete blank in my head. Apparently, daily church for 18 years just doesn't cut it.

Mad Hatter said...

I thought of that too, Beck, but apparently the King is nice and the man is not nice. Daniel has to be THE Mr. Nice Guy of the Old Testament.

So, uh, answer please, Bea!

bubandpie said...

I don't know any more than you guys do (haven't checked with the Sunday School teacher or anything), but I'm with everybody who said the parable of the forgiven debt. The lack of proper names on the finger puppets suggests that it must be a parable (as does Pie's hunch that the King is Jesus), and the kind King/unkind Man bit seems to fit. As for the flowers and urns, maybe they're just decoration for the palace?

(It tickles me that, out of a book with as many stories - and kings - in it as the Bible, so many of us came up with the same story based on such very paltry evidence.)

minnesotamom said...

I'm thinking Man = Saul (post-kingness, when he went insane). King = David. Friend = Jonathan.

???

But who knows...

Omaha Mama said...

This one left me clueless. But made me giggle about random SS crafts. We get them weekly and also struggle with the story if the teachers forget to copy off the take-home sheet.

Cyndi said...

Well, you can't really count the urns as evidence since Sunday School lessons have extra pieces for decoration sometimes.

ewe are here said...

I often ditched Sunday School to go play down by the creek on nice morning ... of course, I was often spotted by one of the teachers and they never hesitated to rat me out to my parents.

Sigh.

Laural Dawn said...

You've got me stumped!
The other day I asked Matt what he did in Sunday School and he told me "we drew pictures for apricots."
It turns out that they drew pictures for children in Africa.

Heather said...

Nope, I can't come up with anything.

Mama Drama Jenny, the Bloggess said...

I have no idea but sounds like she got the point if she thought Jesus was on top. Unless you go to a Hindu church in which case I'm pretty sure she's not listening at all.

Occidental Girl said...

Ohhhhh, the old Man, King, and Friend story. I'm pretty sure it's from the New Testament, and that it's a parable. You know, the Man goes to the King and says, "I have a friend, and he needs help" and the King says, "Here is how your fish, now you will eat forever" and they lived happily ever after.

That is, until one day when somebody planted a mustard seed and it moved the mountain they lived near and they had to move. Sad.

a beaverhausen said...

No clue.

kathyg said...

I think also it's about the law of forgiveness story found in Matthew. Urns are just extra ! they like to use stickers , so maybe just gave them something to do! =)
SHe probably said Jesus b/c teacher mentioned Jesus forgiving us & how we should be like Jesus and forgive also.???
Just a guess..

Lady M said...

Ha! Trying to figure out what Q did in preschool is a similar puzzle each week. We get a list of their activities for each day, and I'll ask him about each one, but I usually get a 1 for 5 hit rate. The best exchange:

Me:Did you read about 'Five Little Snowmen' today?
Q: No, only four.
Me: ??

Catherine said...

My guess (I haven't let myself read the comments yet) is the parable of the man who begged for food and didn't get any and then he died and ...no wait, it wasn't from a King. What was it?

(Heading to read comments)

Tina (www.the-miles.org) said...

Our church does the same handouts! It was the parable of the the king who forgave the servent for the debt and then he went and didn't forgive someone who owed him. I know because we got the paper that goes with it!