Laban did not tell the truth when he talked to Abraham’s servant. He ran out to see Eliezer, Abraham’s servant, because he noticed all of the gifts that his sister Rebecca received. Did he prepare the house for Eliezer? I don’t think so!! So why did he say that he did?
Discuss with your children:
- Why they think that Laban told Eliezer that he prepared the house.
- Is there a difference between telling a lie and stretching the truth?
- What are reasons why it is not good to stretch the truth.
- Are there times when it is nicer to lie than tell the truth? (For instance, what about when someone has bought a new outfit and they ask you how it looks.)
- Write a letter to Laban explaining why he shouldn’t tell lies.
- Write out a conversation that you would have with Laban confronting him that you know he did not clean up the house for Abraham’s servant. You can do this in a comic strip format.
- Be a local journalist and interview Laban about his actions.
- Mark Twain said, “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Write an essay about what this means.
- Friedrich Nietzsche said, “I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.” Explain what this means to someone younger than you.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko said, “When truth is replaced by silence, the silence is a lie.” Write a story where one character tells a lie by remaining silent.
- Make a billboard explaining why people should not lie.
- Write a tweet asking people not to lie.
- Look at the creative projects page and come up with a different project related to telling lies.