Chapter 5: 10 Commandments
[God's people] answered with one voice. They said, “We will do everything the Lord has told us to do." —Exodus 24:3, NIRV
When Moses went and told the people all the Lord’s words and laws, they responded with one voice, “Everything the Lord has said we will do.” —Exodus 24:3, NIV
Family Discussion Questions for Preschool & Elementary
• Why did God’s people need rules?
• Do you like rules or not?
• Those rules are pretty old now. Should we still use them today? Why?
• Which one of the 10 Commandments is the hardest for you to follow?
• What does God do with us as law-breakers?
Family Discussion Questions for Middle & High School Students
• What do you think is the most important of the 10 Commandments? Why?
• When Jesus was asked that same question, what did He say? (Read Matthew 22:36-40) Why did He answer this way? Do you agree?
• Is there any time in which it would be okay to break a commandment?
• What does God do with us as law breakers?
• What do the 10 Commandments and the story about the golden calf show us about God’s character? (He’s a jealous God; He cares about life; He wants us to look to Him for our needs.)
Family Activity Option
FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN: Playing “The Ten Commandments” song by Slugs and Bugs and having a family dance party is a great start to discussing God’s law: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qZf2AGZzwE&feature=youtu.be
Play “Two Truths and a Lie” as a family. In this game, each person thinks up two real things and one falsehood to share. Then everybody guesses which thing is the lie. Ask:
· What was the hardest part about this game?
· Did you learn anything new about your family?
· Was it easy to disguise a lie as the truth?
· How come it’s easy for little lies to slip out in everyday life?
· Why do we lie: Can you think of the underlying cause of this behavior? (Selfishness, fear of getting bad grades, etc.)
· What can we do as parents to help you not lie, cheat, or steal (or other commandments that feel hard to keep)?