Object Lessons

Confession and Cleansing

Objects: A drinking glass, a goldfish, a piece of thin black silk, a piece of red cloth about a yard square, a small piece of white paper, and small piece of black paper. (The glass should be ribbed on the outside. Make a sleeve of the silk to fit exactly inside the glass, reaching to within an inch of the top. To this silk, attach a silk thread that will reach over the side of the glass, and about halfway down the outside. Attach a button to the outside end of the thread. Cut a piece of white paper about three inches long, and three-quarters of an inch wide. Cover half of one side of this paper with black paper. Put enough water in the glass to bring the level up to the top of the silk. Shortly before the lesson, put the goldfish in the glass. A flower could be substituted for the fish.)

Would any of you like to have a drink from this glass?

"No, it looks like ink."

You cannot always tell by looking. We will stick this white card down in the glass.   (Insert the card with the white side toward the audience. While the card is in the glass, reverse the sides with a slight shifting of the fingers, causing the side to show which has the black on it.)   Now what do you think?

"I think it has ink in it."

This glass reminds me of David. He had committed a great sin. In the sight of God, his heart was as black as ink. He tried to act as if he had done nothing wrong. God sent His messenger to tell David that he. was a great sinner. David acknowledged his sin to God, and was forgiven. After he had been forgiven, we find him saying in Psalm 32:1, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered."

As we place this red cloth over the glass, let us remember that God covered David's sin with the blood of a lamb, representing the coming Saviour, the Lord Jesus. (Catch the button hanging on the outside of the glass, and pull the black silk out of the glass as the red cloth is removed.)

The water in the glass is clear and has a goldfish in it. After David's sin had been covered, he was cleansed and had a new life within.

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