This Week's Lesson
The Ten Commandments
BIBLE PASSAGE: Exodus 19-20
STORY POINT: God gave rules to show how to love Him and others.
KEY PASSAGE: Matthew 22:37-39
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What is God like? God is holy, good, and loving
God Knows Best
In today's Bible story, we see the boundaries that God set for his people with the Ten Commandments. Sometimes when we think of rules, we think of someone trying to control us; but when it comes to God, he gave those boundaries because he knew what is best for the people of Israel, and he knows what is best for us too! What are some boundaries that you know of that are sometimes hard to obey but that you know are for your good?
Overview For Parents:
As the rescued people of Israel traveled toward the promised land, God gave them laws to guide them in how to live and to help them understand God’s perfect holiness. God’s laws covered every part of their lives and were summed up in the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments can be grouped into two categories: The first four laws deal with a person’s relationship with God and the last six laws deal with a person’s relationship with others. God did not give laws for the sake of giving laws; the laws had a purpose. Not only did they show what righteous living looks like, they were part of the covenant God made with Israel, known as the Mosaic covenant. (See Ex. 19:3-8.)
God had promised Abraham that all the peoples on earth would be blessed through him. (See Gen. 12:3.) “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3). God’s promise to Abraham would be fulfilled in Jesus. But God gave the law to guide people until Jesus came.
As you teach, avoid presenting the Ten Commandments as a burden—a list of laws they must try to keep to earn God’s favor. God’s rules are good and are meant to help us, but the Bible is clear that we are all sinful and fall short of God’s standard for holiness. Our obedience can’t save us.
Point kids to Jesus and help them understand that God is pleased with us because He looks at Jesus, who never sinned. Because of Christ, we have a right relationship with God. He gives us power through the Holy Spirit to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37-39).
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