"No other gods"

Lesson includes the "Moses Mask" craft
and the "Climb Up Mt. Sinai" Bible game


* 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 us. 

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 Commandments:

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 commandment.
Check out the Look n' Learn Flash Cards to help children memorize the commandments in minutes. Click here.

"No other 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. To learn more, Click here.

Copyright 2002 / 2013 Sarah A. Keith 

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God's Top 10
Understanding God's Love in the
Ten Commandments

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Covers 10-20 sessions
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Craft: Moses Mask

What you need:

Create your own mask design, or use the Moses Mask pattern from the book, wooden paint stick, crayons, yarn, glue, fabric, scissors, stapler.

What you do:

Copy pattern onto cardstock paper. Color Moses' face. Cut out the mask and eye holes. Glue yarn on for the beard and hair. Glue fabric on for the head garment. Staple onto the paint stick. (Depending how children decorate their masks, they can make various Bible characters, male or female.)

Enrichment Idea: Have students act out the Ten Commandments skit using their masks.


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Bible Game: Climb Up Mount Sinai

This game will remind the players that God told Moses to climb up to the top of Mount Sinai to give him the Ten Commandments.

Set up: Using chalk, rope, or tape, mark off a large triangle. (approximately 25í long and 10í across the bottom) Divide the triangle into two vertical sections. You will need to use 2 Tablet Props.

How To Play:

Place the tablets in the top section of the triangle. Divide the players into two teams. Have both teams line up at the bottom of the mountain. Players must decide how they will "climb" Mount Sinai (ex. hop on one foot, both feet, back hop or crab walk). At the "GO", first player from each team must hop to the top of Mt. Sinai, grab a tablet, then hop back down the mountain to hand the tablet to the next player on their team. Player goes to the back of the team line and sits down. The next player carries the tablet back to the top of the mountain, leaving it at the top for the next player to retrieve. Then hops back down the mountain to tag off to the next player. Play continues like this until all the players have raced to the top and returned with the tablets to the bottom of the mountain.

How To Win:

The first team to have all their players hop to the top of Mount Sinai, return with the tablet and sit down, is the winner!

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Copyright 2002 S. A. Keith

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