God-Worshiping: 10 Commandments #1 - No Other Gods
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
You shall have no other gods before me.
Have you ever made a wish "upon a star"? Or, thrown pennies in a fountain to get what you wish for? Usually when we do this we don't really expect to have our wishes come true. It's just a game we play. But sometimes we (or our children) have a good luck charm that we consider powerful enough to give us what we wish for. But God isn't a wish giver, God is a Father. God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want. God wants the very best for us. That is why he gives us the Ten Commandments.
Today's program is the beginning of a series of programs about the Ten Commandments. Keeping the commandments doesn't save us. Rather, keeping the commandments is a way to say thank you to God by living a righteous life.
These commandments are like guideposts along the road. They keep you on the right path, God's path. The first commandment is "You shall have no other gods before me." The Heidelberg catechism describes it this way, "That I sincerely acknowledge the only true God, trust him alone, look to him for every good thing humbly and patiently, love him, fear him, and honor him with all my heart."
All the other commandments flow from the first commandment. Put God first and you won't worship idols. Put God first and you won't misuse his name. Put God first and you'll set aside one day out of seven for worship and service. Put God first and you'll honor your parents. Put God first and you won't murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, or be jealous of what other people have.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What do Liz and Spike find when they clean out the kid’s clubhouse?
A. A secret room under the floor.
Q. What do they find?
A. The “Talisman of Omou.”
Q. What do they believe that the talisman can do for them?
A. Give them three wishes.
Q. What happens when Liz has only one wish left?
A. All the kids tell him to wish for what they want.
Q. What character from the Bible helps Grandpa Anole teach the kids a lesson?
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why does God want us to worship no other gods?
The God of the Bible is the only one true God. The NIV study Bible puts it this way: “No deity, real or imagined, is to rival the one true God in Israel’s heart and life.” The God of the Bible is in charge of all things. The God of the Bible is the only one who created the world, who saves from sin, who can give us eternal life. The God of the Bible is the only one who truly answers the key questions of being human—Why am I here (creation)? What has gone wrong with the world (fall)? How can it be fixed (redemption)? God doesn’t want us to settle for anything less than the very best.