Here in Kids City at Redemption City Church, we just finished up our unit on God the Redeemer. God raised up a deliverer, Moses, to rescue His people from bondage in Egypt. God demonstrated His glory through a series of miracles to secure Israel’s freedom. The Exodus account was great, but God’s greatest rescue would come through His Son, Jesus, who would save people from their sin. We know that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 ESV).
Now, the story of Moses continues with the Ten Commandments, which is where we picked up this week. On Sunday, we started our new unit, called “God is Holy” and we learned about how the last six of the Ten Commandments teach us how we’re supposed to love others. Our new key verse for this unit comes from Leviticus 11:45, which says, “For I am the Lord, who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy.”
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
Throughout this unit, we will have one big picture question we answer every Sunday – and we would love for you to answer it during this family devotion. Now is the perfect time to ask your children our current big picture question: Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus.
Along with our big picture question for the entire unit, we also have a main point that goes with each lesson. Please share with your children that our main point for this week is that God gave us rules to help us know how to love Him and others.
These rules, the Ten Commandments, can be found in Exodus 20:1-17. But for this week, we want to focus on Exodus 20:12-17. Take some time to read these verses with your family now. (If you’re using The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook, this story is found on page 36.)
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Here’s a quick summary of the story to use with the Bible reading.
At this point in the story, Moses and the Israelites had spent several months in the wilderness. After that time in the wilderness, they arrived at Mount Sinai, where God made a special agreement with the Israelites, saying, “If you listen carefully to Me and keep My covenant, you will be My people.” The Israelites agreed to this and doing everything the Lord said.
Then Moses went up to Mount Sinai, where the Lord came down in a fire. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. The last six commandments told the Israelites what it looks like to have a right relationship with each other: “…You must honor your father and your mother. You must not murder. You must keep your marriage promises. You must not steal. You must not lie. You must not want what belongs to someone else.”
Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights and he received many more laws from God. When God was finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, He have Moses two stone tablets that He had written on with His own finger.
Now that you’ve read the Bible story, use these review questions to review what you just read together.
- Who wrote the Ten Commandments? (God)
- On what did God write the Ten Commandments? (two stone tablets)
- What are the last six commandments about? (God gave rules about loving others)
- Name some of the commandments we learned about tonight. (Answers will vary, but include that you must honor your father and mother, you must not murder, you must keep your marriage promises, you must not steal, you must not lie, and you must not want what belongs to someone else)
1st-5th grades questions:
- Where did Moses go to talk with God? (Mount Sinai)
- How did God’s presence cover the mountain? (in a fire and a dense cloud)
- What did God rescue His people from? (slavery in Egypt)
- How long was Moses on the mountain? (40 days and 40 nights)
- How many commandments did God give to Moses? (ten)
- Who can keep God’s law? No one can keep God’s law perfectly except Jesus!
We invite your family to spend a little time worshiping through song. It’s important for children to see their parents singing praises to God. You can sing one of your favorites or use this lyrics video to sing All the Saints (Holy, Holy, Holy).
Before you end this devotion time in prayer, we want to encourage you to make this Christ connection with your children. This Christ connection is important because it ties our Bible passage for the week to the Gospel. It connects Jesus with things that happened many years before He came to earth as fully God and fully man, showing that God has been preparing us to have a relationship with Him since the beginning of time.
God’s rules tell us what it looks like to be perfect. But we aren’t perfect because everyone has sinned. No one is perfect except for Jesus. Jesus loves everyone perfectly. He loves people so much that He died to take away our sin.
God’s law shows us what He requires – perfect righteousness. Everyone has sinned against God and against each other. God sent His son, Jesus, to live the perfect life that we have not lived and to take the punishment we deserve for our sin. When we trust in Jesus, God forgives our sin and gives us eternal life.
Pray and thank God for the rules He gives us that show us how to love Him and love others.