Finding the Way Back to Mayberry

Lesson 24 – Opie and His Merry Men

While Opie and his friends are playing Robin Hood in the woods, they come across a hobo who appears to be down on his luck. It seems that "Willie" was injured while attempting a daring rescue of a child that was about to be run over by a train. In Willie’s words the child made it fine, but he wasn’t so lucky. He came out of the incident with a game leg that prohibits him from doing any work. The boys immediately feel sorry for Willie and begin taking things from home to give to the hobo. This experience causes Opie to question why some people have plenty and others struggle just to make ends meet…

Lesson Points
Robin Hood (Matt. 25:34-40 / Exodus 20:15)

            Undercutting the law for the sake of good

            Is it ever ok?

Are We Rich? (Matt. 6:19)

            Is being rich a curse? (Matt. 19:24)

            What really makes us rich?

The Victim Mentality

            The hobo’s attitude – something for nothing

            Refusing to help ourselves (Gal. 6:7)

Andy’s Approach

            The law will provide

            What about compassion? (John 13:35)

In this episode, Opie is confused. He knows he shouldn’t steal, but the hobo needs help. Andy made the comment that "stealing is stealing", but are there ever situations that we should break the law to help those in need. Read Luke 13:10-17, and discuss Jesus’ handling of the law.

In the beginning, the hobo asked the boys if they were rich. Strangely, none of the boys knew if they were rich or not. When the question was posed to Andy, his first reaction was to say that they were not rich. But, upon further examination, Andy begins to realize how rich they are. Now, are you rich? And if so, what are the things that make you rich?

In today’s society, we see Willie’s attitude in a lot of people. Discuss the benefits of hard work, and the importance of impressing upon our children the value of a good work ethic.

While it was obvious that Andy had a clear picture of Willie’s motives, he didn’t show much compassion to the man. When dealing with those who are less fortunate, should we be more concerned with their motives or more concerned with meeting their needs?

Final Thought
"You see Ope, it ain’t only the materialistic things in this world that makes a person rich, there’s love and friendship – that can make a person rich." - Barney