Children’s Stories – J.C. Ryle Chapter 3
There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: 25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; 26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; 27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; 28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces. 29 There are three things which are majestic in pace, Yes, four which are stately in walk: 30 A lion, which is mighty among beasts And does not turn away from any; (Proverbs 30:24-30 NKJ)
I. What are some of the things Ryle says “wisdom” is better than? Do you agree with him?
II. What things do we need to do to be wise?
III. What four creatures does Proverbs 30:24-30 tell us we may learn wisdom from?
IV. What wise thing(s) can we learn from ants?
V. What time does Ryle tell children is the best time for laying up food for their souls? How as older people can we apply this truth to ourselves?
VI. What do we learn from the conies or rock badger?
VII. What or who is the hiding place for our soul?
VIII. Do you think you could tell this story of the rock badger – cony to a child and use it to lead a child to think about his soul?
IX. What can we learn from locusts? Does what Ryle say children can learn from locusts, apply to adults? How?
X. What can we learn from spiders? Why might this be even more important for an older person than a child?