“Wise Man and Foolish Man” – Digging Deeper

“Ok, we’re not in house-building school or architecture school. Why are we singing songs in Primary about building houses on rock and sand?” asked the music leader. She was talking about the “Wise Man and Foolish Man” (Children’s Songbook, 281). The answers are found (as always) in the scriptures.


For younger children, have them find the pink bookmark (see this post), then read 1 Corinthians 10:4 “That Rock was Christ.” For older children, you can just write the reference on the board and have them find it, then read the last four words. For Junior or Senior Primary, say it together. Then say it again: “That Rock Was CHRIST!”

Follow that up with HOW you build your house on the rock, explained in Matthew 7:24: “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.”  What are the two steps to building your house (your life) on the rock (Christ)? HEAR and DO. Say it again: “HEAR AND DO!”

“Ok, if Christ is the rock, what is the sand? What are other things we can build our house on besides Christ, that won’t last? Who else can we HEAR and DO besides Jesus?” Possible answers: friends that try to get us to make poor choices. You can HEAR and DO what some kids at school or on the bus are doing, but if you build the house of your life on that foundation, it will wash away. If you build your life on what Jesus says, and HEAR and DO His sayings, the house of your life will stand still no matter what storms arise or how hard it gets.

Stand strong, children. Build your life on the rock of Christ.


Artwork courtesy of ericmh90.blogspot.com/



Filed under Life Lessons, Music, Scriptures, Sharing Time

2 responses to ““Wise Man and Foolish Man” – Digging Deeper

  1. This song and activity could easily become an entire sharing time lesson! I love teaching doctrine through song, it is so much more meaningful and memorable to children (and adults alike!). To augment the above ideas you could bring in a bowl of rocks and a bowl of sand and have the kids do their own research on the matter, placing a toy house on each and pouring water on the foundation and seeing what transpires. Additionally, bring in enough smooth stones for each child and have them write on it, “The rock was Christ” they can then use this as a “prayer rock” that you place on your pillow to help you remember to say your prayers!

  2. Pingback: Actively Getting Children Into the Scriptures in Primary: sharing time ideas! | Primary in Zion

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