Week 16: Exodus 19-20

The Ten Commandments

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Kiddo Activity

“Cooking up Commandments” 

If you watched the kid video, you learned the Wieneke family doesn’t always keep their family rules, even Dad Wieneke who made the rules! This week, we are studying the 10 commandments, which I like to call “The 10 Good Rules” gifted to us by God. God knows we often make mistakes and act without thinking and gave us these commandments as reminders of WHO God created us to be. The Lutheran church divides the commandments into two sections:  the first three commandments deal with loving God and our relationship with Him and the last seven deal with our relationships with others. I have the l0 commandments listed at the end of this activity.

For this activity, make sure you have a responsible adult near you as this one requires a stove top!

You’ll need: two frying pans, a heat source, and your bag of water beads.

  1. Heat one of your frying pans. Put your beads into the hot cooking pan and see what happens. If you give it a few seconds, they start moving and bouncing all around and a few might even fly out of your pan! The beads represent the people of Israel. They are wild and did what was right or wrong in their own eyes. Sin makes things out of control in our lives too. But after a while, God gave them the 10 commandments.
  2. Turn off the fire underneath the hot pan and transfer the beads from the hot pan to the cold pan. What happened? The beads stopped moving and bouncing all over. The 10 commandments are like the cold frying pan. They helped keep the beads together peacefully. When we follow God’s commands as He intended, our lives are better and more peaceful and joyful too.
  3. The peace didn’t last for long. Moses stayed too long up on the mountain and the Israelites started to worship a golden calf. They threw a big party in the desert. Put the beads back into the hot pan. They start to move and get bounce all over again. 
  4. When Moses comes down from the mountain, he destroys the golden calves and the people start to obey the 10 commandments again (put the beads back in the cold pan).

This back and forth process of obeying and disobeying God continually happened with the people of Israel. If we are being honest, that happens with us at times too. I’m sure you can think of a lot of things you have done that could make you go back and forth with these pans a few more times too. Living according to God’s will can be challenging. We want what we want. We listen to others on doing things that makes us happy even if it isn’t what God tells us to do.

Thankfully, we have God’s Word, and we can continue to study and memorize these commandments to grow as followers of Jesus who love God and love others. We can also thank Jesus for forgiving our sins when we fall short…and we all fall short.

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10 Commandments (Lutheran Style) ☺

  1. You shall have no other gods.
  2. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
  3. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not murder.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. 

Devotions

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The Ten Commandments

By Nancy Dryburgh

As an elementary teacher, one of the first things I do at the beginning of a new school year is discuss rules. I remind students of the rules in our school and the behavior expectations. We talk about why it is important to follow the rules. I emphasize that the rules help us all to stay safe and happy. Then we spend time making rules for our classroom.

I like to have the students come up with the rules so they buy into them and feel some ownership. Not surprising is the fact that the rules almost always end up the same no matter the group of kids: be nice, take turns, raise your hand, and don’t run inside are a few of the most common. Why do the rules always end up being similar from year to year? It’s because by second grade, the grade I teach, students have figured out what everyone needs to do to make school a happy place. They have a very good understanding of how they and their classmates should behave to keep things running smoothly in a classroom so everyone can learn.

When the rules are followed there is order, kids stay safe, students can stay focused and the teacher (hopefully) doesn’t lose their mind! That doesn’t mean they always follow all the rules but they have the knowledge of how they should behave.

We often think of the Ten Commandments as God’s set of classroom rules. He wrote them in stone for us to follow to keep the covenant with Him. He outlined how we should live and treat others. Just like in second grade, when everyone follows the rules, things go smoother. He gave us guidelines to keep us and those around us safe and happy.

Just like my students, I know how I should behave but that doesn’t mean I always stick to the rules. Nope! I screw up and gossip. Or I look longingly at that beautiful new car that the neighbors got. I lose my patience, I yell and I use sarcasm instead of keeping my cool. Not sure if you are keeping count, but I blew it on a lot of commandments. Thankfully, God gave us the Ten Commandments and Jesus! His Commandments are a constant reminder that we need a savior. We cannot keep them perfectly and we all need Jesus.

God’s Commandments haven’t lost their relevance, even if we live in a different time and under a New Covenant. We still need God’s wisdom and guidance in our lives. We need to know these “rules” and do our best to live them out. Jesus followed the Ten Commandments and as followers of Jesus, we should do what He did: love God and love your neighbors. By knowing and following the Ten Commandments, we are showing obedience to God for all He has done for us. And when we fall short of the “rules,” because we will, we can have faith in Jesus, knowing that He offers forgiveness to us.  

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