The Ten Commandments - March 7, 2021

Bible Study “The Ten Commandments”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Lent has begun and now we begin our long walk toward the resurrection light. It is often said that we cannot experience the joy of Easter without first experiencing the pain of Good Friday; this is true also of walking through the season of Lent. In Lent we search ourselves and face, head on, the vices that separate us from God. During this season we dedicate ourselves, through discipline and prayer, to growing closer to God and letting go of the things that distract us.  We are blessed to experience a journey of covenant with God. Each week in this Lenten season we explore a text from the Hebrew Scriptures that focuses on an aspect of covenant with God.

 

Opening Prayer:  Holy God, Strengthen us each day to walk in your way. Amen

 

The people were wondering in the desert, following Moses out of slavery in Egypt, searching for the land flowing with milk and honey they had been promised. The people were getting tired of wandering and searching and started to rebel against Moses and against God. They had put up with enough and wanted to find immediate gratification for their needs. This made God sad and perplexed Moses, who felt ill equipped to get the people back on track. So God spoke to Moses and gave him these 10 straightforward, but deeply challenging rules to assist the people in following God and honoring the “dignity of every human being.”

“Our job today will be to listen to the 10 Commandments and then think of ways we can help others understand them better.”

 

Please open your Bibles to Exodus 20:1-17 and read or read the scriptures below. 

 

Exodus 20:1-17

20 And God spoke all these words:

2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Reflection Questions:

  • Why do you think God made the first commandment to have only one God?
  • Which commandment is the most important?
  • Are any of the commandments harder than the others?
  • Which one is the least important?
  • Why did God give the commandments to the people?

 

Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

Exodus 20:1-26 The Ten Commandments NIV - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2_LORLWfYU

Ten Commandments - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nzBtRgncfg

The Ten Commandments (7/10) Movie CLIP - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoFSpoAbXLc

 

Activities

Maze:

Crossword Puzzle:

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/2065542/the-ten-commandments/

Write the Ten Commandments:   God saw the need for us to have something we could actually touch and feel to teach us the law. Today we are going to make our own tangible reminder of God’s law for us.  You will write our own “Ten Commandments for Sharing God’s Love” that you can share with others.  Click on Commandments for the list of the Ten Commandments.  Think of some ideas for the Commandments you should add to the list. Some ideas might be:

• Sit with new kids or visitors at church.

• Invite kids who are alone to play with us at recess.

• Visit or call someone that you haven’t seen for a while.

• Send a card to my neighbor, “just because.”  

Ten Commandment Clay Craft:

 

Prayer:  Dear God, You sent the Commandments to help the Israelites to follow you. Help us to hear your commandments with new ears and to use them in our lives today. Amen.