The Ten Commandments
The 10 Commandments were given to Moses and the Israelites in between the time they left Egypt as slaves and they entered the Promised Land of Canaan as conquerors. Why? God wanted his people to know how he expected them to live and worship him. Are the 10 Commandments relevant to our lives? Following these rules will not save us (only faith in Jesus Christ will save us), but they do give us powerful guidelines for living with others and for worshiping God.
How can we teach the 10 Commandments to our children? Try shortening each commandment:
- Worship only God!
- No idols.
- Do not misuse God's name.
- Keep the Sabbath holy.
- Honor your parents.
- Do not murder.
- Do not commit adultery.
- Do not steal.
- Do not lie about anyone.
- Do not want what others have.
Here's another idea: try phrasing each commandment as a positive action with a positive consequence.
God spoke all these words saying, "I am the Lord God your father who loves you and wants to protect you.
- Worship only me, and I will free you from being a slave to things like money or friends.
- Serve only me, and I will be with you forever to love you, to give to you, and to keep you safe in me.
- Use my name in an honorable way, and I will listen when you call to me.
- Keep the Sabbath holy, and your body, mind, and spirit will be refreshed and ready to face another busy week with me as your guide.
- Honor your parents, and your life will be richly rewarded with love and respect.
- Respect all living things, for I have created everything-including you.
- Respect your body for it must last you a lifetime.
- Respect other's property and depend on me to fill all your needs, for I will do so.
- Tell only the truth so that you will be respected and through your life, my name will be glorified.
- Enjoy what I have given you and be happy, knowing that a heavenly kingdom waits for you."
We've designed a special Kids Corner 10 Commandments bookmark to print it out. This bookmark will be a handy reminder of God's rules for living for you and for your family.