Object Lessons

Bread Series

Objects: 1) A Beautiful Wedding Cake, iced and decorated. Inside hollowed out and filled with saw­dust. 2) A Loaf of Bread—inside removed and filled with nickles, dimes and dollar bills. 2) Loaf Cake, iced white. Inside removed, filled with dirty rags.

PLEASURES OF THIS WORLD

Isn't this a beautiful cake, boys and girls? It looks as though it were made for a wedding, doesn't it? I'm sure that all of you would like a piece of it; wouldn't you? Let us cut it! Ah, see what is on the inside! Sawdust! What a deception! You can't eat sawdust, can you? This is not a cake for a hungry person, is it?

Boys and girls, do you know that this cake is very much like the "pleasures of this world." They seem so beautiful on the outside, but when you taste them or have: apart in them, like this cake, they prove to be only sawdust—something that is only waste, and will never satisfy the hunger and longing of a soul.

This cake filled with sawdust is an example of how Satan is enticing boys and girls to partake of his pleasures today. God's Word calls him an "angel of light" so one would expect his gifts to appear beautiful on the outside.

The Lord Jesus said of Himself, when here upon earth, "I am the Bread of Life."—John 6:48. He is the true Bread which came down from heaven.

You know how satisfying the bread is that is served on your table at home; don't you? When you are very hungry, it is bread you want. Bread nourishes and builds up one's body—is life-giving, and all that bread is in the natural, the Lord Jesus is in the spiritual.

The pleasures of this world, like the cake, will never satisfy, but the Lord Jesus, the Bread of Life can and will satisfy. Believe on Him as the One who died for you—receive Him as your Saviour, then you will know what it is to partake of Christ, the Bread of Life. John 6:51, 53-56.

LOVE OF MONEY

This loaf of bread looks good, doesn't it? When one is hungry, there's nothing like a good piece of bread and butter, as you boys and girls well know. (Discuss bread—how it is made from wheat, threshed, chaff removed, ground, etc.) Let us cut off a few slices of this bread and see if it is as good on the inside as it looks on the outside. Why, see what is in this loaf of bread! It's full of money! Such bread as this would never satisfy a hungry boy or girl, would it?

And yet some folks today are eating bread like this. They are trying to satisfy the hunger of their hearts, by money-making and money-saving. The rich young ruler, who came to Jesus one day, was like this. His love of money kept him from the true Bread, the Lord Jesus (Matt. 19:16-22).

Money in itself is not bad,—but it's the place some folks give it in their lives that is dishonoring to the Lord—God has entrusted money to many of His children who count themselves as His stewards and seek His guidance in the spending of all He has given them.

The Word of God has much to say against the love of money, and riches that keep one away from the Lord. Read James 5:1-5, Luke 12:16-21. Put the Lord first in your lives, boys and girls. Money will never satisfy. Feast upon Christ, the Bread of Life.

WHITED SEPULCHRES

HOW good this cake looks, doesn't it? The frosting is so white and smooth. Anyone would enjoy a piece of cake like this, I know. Let us cut it. Ah, see what is in it! Dirty rags! Think of such things being found in a cake!

And yet, boys and girls, many folks are like this cake. They have filled their lives with a righteousness of their own, which God says is to Him as "filthy rags." Isaiah 64:6.

The outward appearance of this cake was very beautiful,—quite a contrast to what was found inside; so, many people appear very reli­gious, as far as their manner and conduct is concerned, but "God looketh on the heart." 1 Sam. 16:7.

When the Lord Jesus was here upon earth, He called such people "hypocrites" and "whited sepulchres." Hear His words, "Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."—Matt. 23:27, 28.

Nothing is hidden from the all-seeing eye of God. Self righteousness will never save a boy or girl, man or woman. God has provided a righteousness in Christ Jesus which is available to all who will receive Him as Saviour. Rom. 3:21-24.

Self righteousness will never satisfy the hunger in one's heart—only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, can satisfy. John 6:51.

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