Today’s lesson is based on Exodus 19-20
Let’s Start! (Map it Out)
- Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and draw your own imaginary country! (or print out the country outlines below). Think about what you would want your imaginary country to look like: would you divide it up into cities and towns or would it be all farmland? Would there be mountains or rivers or roads? What kinds of animals would live there?
- When you’re done, compare maps with your family members! Do you have any boundaries on your map(s)? (hint: boundaries are things that divide your map into sections: perhaps a fence to keep in animals, a river that divides the land, the border of a town or a wall around a city, etc).
- Boundaries are helpful because they help us to know where things belong or how things should work. For instance: when you go outside to play, you usually just play in your yard – you don’t run all over your neighbor’s yard or go in their house without asking! Your yard is your boundary.
- God set some boundaries for His people in today’s lesson. Let’s find out how:
- God led his people through the wilderness in a super cool way. Can you remember how? A cloud by day and a pillar of fire at night.
- What are some ways that God provided for the people’s needs? He provided food and water.
- What was the name of the mountain where God met with Moses? Mt. Sinai
- What were the rules that God gave to Moses? The 10 Commandments
- What do you think it means when the Bible says that the Israelites feared God? To fear God is to recognize how powerful he is and choose to honor him by living our lives for him.
- The 10 commandments gave the Israelites some instructions for how to live their lives in a way that honored God. It’s kind of like when you play a game and the game has some rules for how to play. The rules aren’t there to be mean, they’re to help you play the game well. Without some rules, with everyone playing however they want, the game would be chaos!
10 Commandments Memory Challenge
- Can you remember what the 10 commandments are? Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and write the numbers 1-10. Jot down as many as your family can think of (in any order) and then check your answers via Exodus 20 or the list below [worded to make it easier for younger kids to understand]. How many did you remember?
- Take a closer look at the ten commandments. What do they tell you about what God is like? The rules God gave his people showed that he cared about them and how they lived their lives. They showed that he cared about other people because and wanted them to treat others with kindness. That he cared about their families. And that HE alone was to be their God.
- As the people chose to follow God’s commands by trusting God and loving others, the world could see and know what He was like!
For today’s activity, you’ll need a balloon or a beach ball.
- Today, we’re going to play a game with only TWO rules.
- The balloon can’t touch the floor
- You cannot hold the balloon, you have to keep it moving!
- Play some fun music, and see how long your family can keep the balloon up in the air! To make it more challenging you can add additional rules like each person can only hit it one time in a row, or that you have to use something other than your hand to touch the balloon.
- Take some time today to look through the 10 commandments above. Are there any that stick out to you? Do any seem easy, or hard to obey?
- Sometimes, it can be hard for us to follow the rules God has given us. Sometimes we feel jealous of what someone else has and we really want it for ourselves. Sometimes we don’t honor God as the most important in our lives and instead do what we want. Sometimes we lie about something because we don’t want someone to find out what we did. But God still loves us, and always forgives us when we come to Him.
- None of us is going to perfectly do everything we should all of the time, and God knew that. That’s why Jesus came to be our rescuer. Jesus died to take the punishment for our sin and to set us free! He wants us to walk in freedom and in new life through Him!
- Take some time to prayerfully look through the list. Ask God to show you if there are things you’ve done that don’t line up with how he wants you to live. And then pray about those things and ask Him to forgive you!
Note to Parents: A few months ago, I (Bethany) felt convicted that I had completely abandoned the idea of a Sabbath. Oh, I knew it was in the 10 Commandments, it just didn’t seem as important somehow. Especially in this season, with my husband and I trying to work from home and homeschool and handle all the complications that the past year has brought with it, even our weekends had become filled with catching up on work or things we needed to do. It was exhausting and overwhelming. As we prayed about it, we felt God ask us to honor the Sabbath. At first I thought it was crazy. “We have too much on our plates AND you want us to fit in a day off? What? That’s crazy!” But, we decided to honor God by creating a Sabbath for our family. We aren’t always perfect at it, but setting aside a day each week to rest has been HUGE for our family. Even our kids have noticed a change and look forward to our Sabbath day. Not only that, but even with a day of much-needed rest, we’re still getting what we need to done. It’s easy to see the guidelines that God has set as just a list of rules – but they’re so much more than that because He is so much more than that. He’s worthy of our worship and our obedience because He is a good God, who really does know what’s best for our lives. We can trust Him!
Parents, end your prayer time by speaking the following blessing over your child(ren):