Object Lessons

Correct, Caught, Cleansed

Objects: A tape measure, a yardstick, a red cardboard cross, a spike, a small whip or stick, and a block f wood six inches wide and six inches long. (Paint the nail and block black; drive the nail into the center of the block.)

If you wanted to make sure this tape measure was correct, what would you do?

"Test it with another measure, such as a yardstick."

Here is a yardstick, with which we can test the tape measure. Yes, it is neither too short nor too long. . Did you know that it is possible to be correct in many things, and yet be caught by sin?

We will loop this tape measure around this black nail, to show you what sin does to people. (Double the tape measure in the middle, and loop over the nail.) Sin not only catches, but it draws its victim closer to it. (Wind the doubled tape measure around the nail like a clock spring.)

This tape measure reminds me of Job, when he said "I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame. I was a father to the poor" (Job 29:15, 16). As far as the standards of men were concerned; Job measured up pretty well, for he seemed to be quite kind to other people. The time came, however, when he realized that his own heart was not right— that he was a sinner in the sight of God. Then Job said, "I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee; Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes" (Job 42:5, 6).

There was only one way to be freed from sin in Job's day, as there is only one way now, and that is God's way. We shall take the tape measure to the cross, and see what happens. (Allow the outside end of the tape measure to pass around the coil, coming into the inside position. This will cause it to be free when uncoiled.)

It is free, just as Job was free when he repented, and as all are freed from sin when they accept Christ.

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