Christian Law: A Kid’s Guide to the Ten Commandments
Do you know the 10 Commandments? You have probably heard or read about how Moses brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. It’s a fascinating story with signs, plagues, challenges, chariots, and the parting of the Red Sea. After the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they came to a desert. It’s here that God told Moses to go to Mount Sinai where he stayed for 40 days and night. In this time, God gave Moses the 10 Commandments which were written on two tablets of stones.
When Moses came to the people, he was very angry because they made the Golden Calf while he was in Mount Sinai. It was a big sin against God. In anger, Moses broke the commandment tablets and punished the offenders. Later, God told Moses to make two new tablets to replace the broken ones. After another 40 days and night at Mount Sinai, Moses brought the 10 Commandments to the people of Israel.
For Christians and Jews, the 10 Commandments are God’s laws that teach them what’s right or wrong. Let’s look at them in more detail.
The 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
- “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” – There is only one God. You have to put God first.
- You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.” – You can only worship God. If you love God and keep His Commandments, you will be blessed.
- “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” – Respect God’s name. It’s a sin to swear in God’s name.
- “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six Days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six day the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” – Remember the Sabbath day. This is why Sunday is a holiday.
- “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – Love and respect your father and mother. By doing this, God will give you long life.
- “You shall not murder.” – Do not cause harm to other people.
- “You shall not commit adultery.” – Stay faithful to your wife or husband.
- “You shall not steal.” – Do not steal.
- “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” – You shall not lie.
- “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, not anything that is your neighbor’s.” – It’s a sin be jealous of others. Be happy with what you already have.
It’s important to keep the 10 Commandments because they show you the right way to live your life. These Commandments are somewhat like a mirror. Surely, you don’t like people to lie to you. In the same way, you should not lie to others. Also, you don’t like people to steal your things. In the same way, you should not steal other people’s things. This is why Jesus said, “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) Try these games and activities to know more about the 10 Commandments.