Topic: Obedience, Rules
Exodus 19:1-24:8, specifically 19:1—20:21 &23:20-24:8
Three months after the children of Israel left Egypt they arrived at the base of Mount Sinai. This was to be a very special place for them. God spoke to Moses and told him to get the people ready. So for the next 2 days the people washed and prepared themselves to meet with God. On the third day the mountain was covered in smoke because God had come down on it as fire!!! The smoke billowed to the sky and the mountain shook and then trumpets began to blow. (Can you see it? Can you hear it?) Then Moses spoke and God answered. God told Aaron and Moses to come up on the mountain but the others needed to stay back and not touch the mountain or they would die! While Moses and Aaron were on the mountain talking to God, He gave them what we call the 10 commandments. All that really means is 10 rules to live by!! Here is a summary:
- God is the most important thing.
- We shouldn’t make anything that we worship like we worship God (Idols).
- Do not use God’s name in a mean way.
- Remember to keep a day of rest and worship every week (because God even took one when He created the Earth!).
- Listen to your parents and treat them nicely.
- Do not kill anyone.
- Do not cheat.
- Do not steal.
- Do not lie.
- Do not want what someone else has just because they have it! (Covet)
But why did God give them (and us) rules to live by? Have you ever tried to play a game you have lost the rules to? It almost always ends up a mess! Everyone is arguing that the way they remember is right. But if you have the rules everyone knows how to play! Life is like that too, if no one ever tells you what is bad how can you be good? You might do something wrong because you didn’t know better! God wants us to know the rules so we can be good!!
Try to draw a sign that shows each of the 10 commandments. For example, someone stealing something with a big “do not” circle over it.