Posted by: wwyeshua | December 1, 2017

MOSES AND THE 10 COMMANDMENTS – Exodus 19 – 20

The Israelites had been traveling in the desert for about 3 months when they finally arrived at Mount Sinai. 

This great mountain rises straight up from the desert. It was near the place where Moses saw the burning bush.

This is where the Israelites camped, right in front of the mountain.

God spoke to Moses from the mountain and told him. “Don’t let the people touch this mountain. This is a holy place. Soon everyone will see me come to the mountain top.”

Remember Moses was already over 80 years old when this was all happening.

So God talked to Moses and told him to tell the Israelites to get ready because He was going to show up and was going to talk to them. 

So when Moses came down the mountain, he told the people to take a bath and to clean all their clothes in preparation of the coming of the Lord.

By obeying, the people were getting prepared to hear important words from God.  It is very important for all of us to show respect to God when He tells us to do something according to what the Bible tells us.

So they all went to sleep and waited.

On the third morning after Moses had talked to God, the Israelites were sleeping when all of a sudden there was a large rumble and thunder over the mountain.  If anyone was still sleeping they woke up startled and suddenly.

Everyone went out of their tents to see what was happening, and the mountain was wrapped in smoke. God had come down on it in a cloud of fire. The whole mountain shook wildly and the people were terrified.

A trumpet began to sound louder and louder.

Then Moses spoke to God and He answered in thunder. The people were so afraid that they thought they would die. “Don’t let God speak to us anymore,” they begged Moses.

Moses then went up and entered the cloud and the thick darkness on the mountain; and God called him to the mountain top.

Moses and God spoke together there on the mountain for forty days. God told him about all the laws Israel should obey.

God also gave Moses two tablets made of stone where God himself had written the Ten Commandments which He had told the Israelites when He showed up on the mountain top.

Let’s take a look and see what the 10 commandments say:

You must not have any other gods except me: The first commandment is to put God first. This means that nothing should be more important than God – a hobby you enjoy, TV or video games, money, even your friends and family should not be more important than God.

You must not make or have any idols or statues: The second command is to worship only God. This is   like the first commandment in that God wants our love, and He doesn’t want us to bow down and worship a statue just because we can’t see Him. In other words   God is the only one that we should pray to and worship.

You are not to take the Lord’s name in vain: The third commandment is broken all the time. God commands us to use His name with respect. Many people use God’s name like a swear word, or say it when they’re upset. God wants us to use His name when we’re talking to Him, or telling others about Him in a nice way. To use His name in these other ways is very disrespectful and hurts God.

Remember to keep the Sabbath as a holy day: The fourth commandment tells us that we are to remember God’s Seventh Day and keep it holy. The Old Testament Sabbath was Saturday; many Christian’s worship on Sunday, the day that Jesus was raised from the dead. Christians love to worship God every day.

Honor your father and your mother: In the fifth commandment God tells us to respect our parents. Sometimes you might think you know what’s best, or you get frustrated because your parents won’t let you do something. Remember your parents were once kids just like you, and they are trying to keep you safe and from making the same mistakes they’ve made.

You must not kill or hurt anyone: The sixth commandment says don’t hurt others. Now imagine for a minute if everyone in the whole world obeyed this rule like God wants us to. We probably wouldn’t have any jails and we would all get along with one another.

You must keep your wedding promises: The seventh commandment is for those who are married. God tells us to be faithful in marriage. He wants us to love our wife or husband only and to treat them with respect.

You must not steal: The eighth commandment is don’t steal. This means that we shouldn’t take something that doesn’t belong to us. And if we do we need to return it and ask for forgiveness.

You must not tell lies: The ninth commandment is don’t lie. It is always better to tell the truth because parents know when you’re lying, and if you get caught, you are going to be in trouble. The most important thing is that we should not lie because the Bible tells us that liars will not go to heaven. Remember, God sees, hears and knows everything that we do.

You must not be envious of others: The tenth and last commandment is don’t be envious of others. This means that we shouldn’t wish to have things that someone else has. I know there is always a new toy or game – there is always something that we want to get.  It’s important to remember that these things aren’t really important because God is the most important of all.

Remember the first commandment says: PUT GOD FIRST!

Next time we will see what happened when Moses came down from the mountain to give the Israelites the Ten Commandments written by the finger of God on the tablets of stone..

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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