|October 25||Grade 4-6||Exodus 20||10 Commandments – God’s Excellent Way To Live|
Prepared by: Teresa Klassen
Introducing the big idea (3 Minutes – keep it moving so kids stay tuned in)
Last week we talked about Moses and how God was powerful enough to help him, and all the people of Israel, escape from slavery. In fact, remember the big problem he faced when he came to the Red Sea? What did God do to help them with that problem? (let the kids answer: God parted the water so the Israelites could walk across)
Eventually, Moses and all the people came to a mountain called Mount Sinai. This was where God told Moses to come so he could give them rules to live by. We call those rules the Ten Commandments. The rules were meant for our own good. They teach us how to behave towards God and each other. God wrote these commandments on tablets of stone.
Let’s take a look at what that might have been like:
Moses and the 10 Commandments DVD – (2 minutes)
There are some good links on YouTube. Here is one you might try (it will need a little set-up): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG-BFIpkSXA&feature=related
God knew that people needed to hear from Him about how to live excellent lives. That’s why Moses was so thankful to hear from God with these 10 commandments.
The first four commandments tell us how to behave toward God. The first rule tells us that there is only one God and we should serve only Him. The second rule says we should not make idols, which are images of other gods. He doesn’t want us to make anything or anybody more important in our lives than Him. The third rule says we should not use God’s name as a swear word. The fourth rule says to keep the seventh day holy. God made all the world in six days and on the seventh day he rested. He wants us to use one day a week for resting and thanking God.
The next six rules tell us how to behave toward each other. The fifth rule says we should honor our parents. That means we need to obey our parents. The sixth rule says do not kill. The seventh rule says married couples should be faithful to each other. The eighth rule says do not steal. The ninth rule says don’t tell lies about others. The tenth rule says don’t want something that belongs to someone else.
God gave us these rules to live by because he loves us and wants to show us His excellent way to liver. Your parents have rules at your house because they love you and want what is best for you. The children of Israel found it hard to live by all the rules at first, but after a while they realized that things worked better when they obeyed the rules. After many years Jesus came to explain the rules. He said we should love God first with all that we are and love our neighbour as ourselves.
Ok…since we are talking about God’s excellent way to live…we are going to take a break and do something eggggg-sellant.
Just For Fun – an Eggggg-sellant Relay – (2 minutes)
- Divide the kids into two teams
- Give each of them a tablespoon and a plastic egg
- When you say “Go”, send them one at a time from one end of the youth center to the other and back to their team at your starting line
- It is a pretty quick game, just to get the wiggles out of the kids
Conclude: Eggg-sellant job. Now let’s keep talking about God’s excellent commandments and a cool way we can remember them:
10 Commandments Memory DVD – (3 minutes)
Try this great link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K4q22kMzm4
10 Commandments For Kids Game
- Divide the kids into two teams
- Show them the poster board on the wall with the blanks (I have filled in the blanks for you here)
- Give each team the mixed up cards and sticky-tac
- On your “ready, set, go” see which team can get the commandments into the right place.
1. Have no other gods but The One True God.
2. Do not worship statues.
3. Be careful with God’s name.
4. Keep the Sabbath day special.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. Do not murder.
7. Keep your marriage promises.
8. Do not steal.
9. Do not lie.
10. Do not wish you had other people’s things
What’s The Problem?
Keep this moving or the kids will get antsy – say,
“I am going to give you 1 minute to decide as a group
a) What would happen if people didn’t keep the commandment..
b) Why is this an excellent commandment to keep?”
- Divide the group up into a few smaller groups and give them each a commandment to talk about and have them present their commandment to the larger group
- Do this again until you have gone through all the commandments
This is week one of the memory verse, so go over this in small steps, repetitively. We will do this for 3 weeks.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
This is a good verse to put actions to.