* Commandments #1-4: Teach us how to show love towards God.
* Commandments #5-10: Teach
us how to show love towards others.
The Bible tells us that God gave us the
Ten Commandments as a sort of guardian, or baby-sitter, to teach us
right from wrong. When we disobey a command of God it is called sin.
The Bible tells us that ALL people sin. Without the commands we wouldnít
know how to behave. But we also wouldnít understand how much we fall
short in being like God. He is perfect and without sin-he is holy.
What if we were never told it is wrong to steal, or to lie, or to
murder? Just think how much worse this world would be! However, it is
important to understand that the commandments are more than just a
list of "DONíTS." The commands show us how much God loves
Why do you think your parents do not want you playing in the
street when there is oncoming traffic? (Allow for discussion) Yes, you
could get hit by a car. Do they say, "Donít play in
traffic" because they hate you? No, because they love you and
want to protect you. Our Father God has given us the Ten Commandments
for the same reason: he loves us and wants to protect us.
This is how God gave us the Ten
Thousands and thousands of years ago
Godís people, the Israelites, were slaves in Egypt. Their slave
masters were cruel and worked them very hard. They even killed their
children. The Israelites cried out to God for help and God sent Moses
to save them and to lead them out of Egypt. Three months after Moses
led the Israelites out of Egypt, they camped at the bottom of Mount
Sinai. It was there that God spoke to Moses and told him to tell the
House of Jacob, the Israelites, "to get ready," because he
was going to do something very special for them. He was going to give
them the Ten Commandments.
Read Exodus 19:16-25, and 20:1-3.
If possible, read from a
child-friendly Bible with lots of pictures. Or, while you read, have
the children pantomime the story. Choose one child to be Moses and
another to be Aaron. Use a tabletop for the top of Mount Sinai.
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The first commandment is:
Have no other gods. Exodus 20:3.
In this commandment, we learn of Godís
love by knowing that God is the only true God. He is the one who
created us, loves us, and is powerful enough to help us. He is the
only God we will ever need. Therefore, why would we want any other gods?
Practice memorizing todayís
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gods" is the first lesson from a series of lessons entitled,
"God's Top Ten - Understanding Godís Love In
The Ten Commandments". Each lesson in the series is reinforced with a craft and a game.
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Sarah A. Keith
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