Chapter 5: 10 Commandments

Bible Basis
Exodus 19—25:22

Key Verse
[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:

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)?

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