1 bowl with solid salt in it (put a bowl in the microwave with a small drop of water and salt, the salt hardens)
1 tray of water
Tell the kids that ice cream is the truth. Put a scoop of ice cream in a bowl and ask a volunteer to taste it.
Ask him, “What does it taste like?” (It tastes good, it tastes like vanilla). Make the connection with the story of the day and say that the truth tastes good.
Now put a scoop of ice cream in the 2nd bowl, but this time, put salt on top.
Tell the children that salt is a lie. It doesn’t really look like a lie… (make the analogy with lying, often people don’t realize you’re lying).
Ask another volunteer to try it (it won’t be good!). The lie is not good, even if it does not appear to be bad. Often we lie, because we want to fix a situation to our advantage or we want to get out of trouble. That’s what Rebekah did.
Put a scoop of ice cream in the 3rd bowl, sprinkle with salt and add the chocolate syrup on top. Make the analogy with the fact that often after lying, we try to cover up our lie, but yet it does not help.
Ask another volunteer to try this new blend. The taste of salt (the lie) is still there.
Tell the children that when lying is part of our lifestyle, we toughen up. (Show the bowl in which there is solid salt.) Fortunately, Jesus is there (put your bowl of salt in the water), he is the one who gives us this ability to get rid of the lie and makes sure that we get rid of it. If we acknowledge our sins, God is faithful and just, and He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all the evil we have committed. (1 John 1:9)