Cleansing Characteristics of Fire
Works well with Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3
Pictures of things changed by fire (correlates toMatthew 3:11-17, Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22)
Tip: A pile of sand can be heated by a very hot fire and turned into a sword. (Heated sand also turns into glass.) A pile of clay can be shaped and heated to turn into a ceramic pot. Iron can be heated and made stronger to turn into scaffolding for a tall building. Gold is purified and becomes malleable through fire.
Tip: Using analogies is a wonderful way to make meaningful connections to spiritual concepts. They are kind of like mini-parables containing several layers of learning. And, just like a parable, a properly used analogy can open hearts and minds to specific promptings and teachings of the spirit. This personal instruction, between you and God, takes patience and deep thought. Directing your family through this process can increase understanding, commitment and relationships within your home. Seek inspiration on how to best apply analogies within your lessons.
Tip: All analogies have limitations. At times, some youth may take an analogy to an extreme, or beyond the scope of the analogy. “Play with fire and you get burned” would be taking the fire analogy to a place unintended. Addressing the proper use of analogies and acknowledging their limitations helps toset the proper tone.