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The Parable of the Two Sons

This animated Bible story for kids is based on Matthew 21:28-32.

Fold along the solid lines. Start by folding the long side to the long side. Crease well. Keep it folded, then fold in half, crease well, and fold in half again, creasing well. Now unfold it all the way and fold it in half short side to short side, so the dotted line in the centre is folded in half. Cut along this dotted line. Do not overcut! Now unfold the paper and fold it in half again, this time long side to long side. Now for the tricky part. Pinch both short ends of the paper, with the crease facing up. Bring your hands together, causing the cut in the middle of the paper to open up. You should have a plus sign now. The last step is to press all the pages down so the cover is on top. Mush the pages down and crease all the folds.  Now that you have a little book, read each page and illustrate it accordingly.

How does this parable apply to us?

So what is the meaning of the Parable of the Two Sons? This story should unsettle us. We might have the best intentions with our promises of faithfulness, but promised obedience isn't necessarily obedience. Like the fig tree, it's possible to convince ourselves that the appearance of vibrancy is proof of our devotion—but Jesus is looking for fruit.

Thankfully, the parable of the two sons reminds us that it's never too late to follow through on the things Jesus asks from us!

Have you ever experienced unfulfilled promises from others? How did this make you feel?