God gave us rules of how we should treat Him and other people.
Exodus 19, 20 and 32.
After the people of Israel crossed the Red Sea they went into the wilderness.
This was like a dry desert and there were only certain places where
they could find water, but there was no food. And so the people had
to trust the Lord to provide them with food and water.
The time had also come where it was necessary for them to know what was right,
and what was wrong, in what they did and said. And so God gave them
His Law. That is, He gave them rules as to how they should behave
themselves as proper servants of His, and how they should treat and respect
God and each other.
Everything is Moses' Fault!
However, before this, they had some very hard experiences. Whenever
things didn't go the way that suited the Israelites, they blamed Moses for
it. Like when they came to a place where the water was bitter, they
immediately went and complained to Moses. God told Moses how to make
the water sweet, and this made the Israelites happy for awhile. But,
they soon forgot that it was God who had brought them out of Egypt, and
that He was taking care of them!
They had brought some food with them from Egypt, but soon that food was gone,
and again they blamed Moses. But Moses found out from God what to do.
And God caused food to drop right down out of the sky! The
Israelites called it manna, and it was little white flakes that tasted sweet
like honey. They had to gather the manna every day, as it wouldn't
keep for two days, except at the end of the week. Then they could
gather enough for two days, and it would last them over the Sabbath.
At Mount Sinai:
In the third month after the children of Israel came out from Egypt, they came
to Mount Sinai and camped in front of the mountain. And God told Moses,
"Go to the people and make them holy and let their clothing be washed.
For on the third day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai." Moses was
to warn the people that any person or animal that touched the mountain was to
be put to death.
When morning came on the third day, there was thunder and flames and a thick
cloud covered the mountain. A ram's horn sounded and all the people
shook with fear. But Moses made the people come out of their tents and
assemble at the foot of the mountain.
The Ten Commandments:
Moses then climbed up the mountain and God gave him the Ten Commandments:
- You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourselves an idol.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
- Honour your father and your mother.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery (sleep with another person's wife or
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false testimony (evidence) against your
- You shall not covet (long to possess something belonging to someone
God sent Moses up the mountain so that he could receive the Ten Commandments.
Up to now, there were no laws that the people had to follow, so God
felt they needed rules on how His people were to love Him and treat
others. The first four commandments tell us how to respect God, and
the last six tell us how to treat other people. The commandments
given to Moses are still needed today, especially in the times we live
But, who of us can say we are not guilty of breaking some of these
Commandments? (Let the children respond
). A girl was watching
a lamb one day and thought how white it looked against the grass
background. But when it began to snow she exclaimed, "But how dirty
it looks against the white snow!" It was the same lamb, but with a
It's the same when we compare ourselves to man's standards. We look
pretty clean, but when we compare ourselves to the snow-white
righteousness of God's standards, we see that we are unclean in His sight.
All of us have sinned, and only Jesus can forgive us and cleanse us
from all our sin and make us pure in God's sight. In Isaiah 1:18,
"Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow."
Do you respect, honour and obey your parents in a way that's pleasing to God?
And are you kind, respectful and care for other people? People
in the world use Jesus' and God's name as a swear word, but we should never
follow their example. God wants us to tell the truth at all times.
We should never desire and wish we could take something that belongs
to another person and never steal anything.
How do you treat God? As children that serve God, you should love Him
and put Him first in your life. In Jeremiah 31:33, God said:
"I will put My law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be My people."
This means that God puts into our heart the way we should respect and treat
Him and other people. And because God writes it on our hearts, we
will want to please Him in all we do and say!