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Ten Commandments

Joke: A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother” she asked, “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?” Without missing a beat one little boy answered, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Text: Exodus 20:1-17; 1 John 3:23

Prop: a poster of Moses with tablets of law or picture of stone tablets to color

Summary: We should obey God’s commands out of love for Him and our fellowman.

How many of you know what a law is? It is a rule. Do you have rules at your house? I have rules at my house such as “always say the blessing before you start eating” and “don’t spit your food out even if you don’t like the way it tastes.” We have other rules like “Don’t hit your sister” and “Look both ways before crossing the street.” Most rules are meant to keep us safe from harm; others are to help us have good manners. Rules have to do with how we behave. Today I want to tell you about God’s rules.

After three months in the wilderness the children of Israel came to 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.

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 what is best for us. 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 (and lots more rules) Jesus came to explain the rules. He said we should love God first with all that we are and love our neighbor as ourselves.

And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. (1 John 3:23) If we are going to love God, we must love Jesus, His Son. Once we love Jesus, we will be able to love each other. That is what God wants us to do.

©2000 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

Labor Day

Six days shall thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God… Exodus 20:9,10a

Text: Exodus 20:9,10

Summary: God created the Sabbath so man would have a day to rest from working.

Labor DayDoes anyone know which holiday we will have tomorrow? Labor Day. Yes, that’s right. God made the heavens and the earth in six days, but on the seventh day he rested. He gave us one day out of seven as a day of rest. He did this so we would not get too tired or sick from working all the time. It is important for us to take time to rest. It gives us a time to thank Jesus for all He does for us. It gives our bodies a chance to rest, so that we can stay healthy.

Labor Day is a national holiday that Congress started to honor the men and women who work every day in America. When they work, they earn money to support their families. They also pay taxes. The money taken in taxes is used to buy things that everyone uses. Can you think of some things that taxes pay for?

Here are some: roads and bridges, schools, government buildings, police and armed forces, and many other things. We can all be thankful that Jesus has given us our health and allowed us to have meaningful work. One day you will be older and will start to work. Then you will join the many millions of people who work hard to pay taxes so we may enjoy these services.

Let us pray: Dear God, thank you for working people. Thank you for giving us a day of rest, so we can remain strong and healthy. We love you. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

©1997 by Jim Kerlin. All rights reserved.

Obey Your Parents

Joke: There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, hire someone to do it, or forbid your children to do it.

Text: Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:1; Genesis 2:24

Summary: Children are instructed by God to obey their parents.

Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. – Exodus 20:12

This is the first of God’s commandments with a promise. If we honor our parents, God says we will have a long life and it will be well with us. But how do we honor our parents? One way is to obey them.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1

This is another time in the Bible when God instructs us to obey our parents. Notice that it is plural, saying parents, not just the father or the mother. Whew! What a job! We have to obey not just one parent, but both of them.

Family picnicHave you ever wondered why God gave children such an impossible task? It is because he knows that it is hard for children to do it without asking Jesus to help them. Jesus wants us to pray and talk to him all the time, and this is one of the ways he gets us to do that. And what about the parents? In all the organizations in the world, especially the military, they never give anyone two bosses. They only have one commander, one chain of command. It would be hard for a soldier to follow orders if he had two people telling him what to do.

But Jesus, in his infinite wisdom, put two parents in charge of the kids. He knew they would have to be talking to each other all the time to keep things straight. For example, have you ever asked Mom to let you do something, and she said no. So then you went and asked Dad, hoping he would say yes without talking it over with Mom first? Hmmm? Well, the answer is because Jesus sees parents as if they are one person, not two. When your parents got married, Jesus stopped seeing them as two people, and he sees them as one. He knows the only way that they can keep up with the kids is to pray to him for help!

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh. – Genesis 2:24

Wow! Jesus thought of everything! He knew that children would have a hard time obeying their parents without asking Jesus to help them, and that parents would never be able to rear children without praying for help. So a long time ago when he gave Moses the Ten Commandments, he made this the fifth rule. And the wonderful thing is, he made a promise when he gave it.

He said to honor our parents so we would live long on the earth. Have you ever wondered about that? I have. Now how does God keep that promise? I am not totally sure about that, but I think I know one thing. Who loves you more than anyone else? God. Who loves you more than anyone else on earth? Your parents. God knows that if we obey our parents, our parents will always be watching out for us here on the earth. They will tell us things like ‘look both ways before you cross the street’ and ‘brush your teeth so they will not rot out.’ You see, our parents are telling us these things because they love us, just like Jesus does. And if we do these things, we will likely live a long and healthy life.

Adapted from a “Christian Home Seminar” as told by Rev. Lewis Shaffer of Son Shine Ministries International Inc. Used by permission.