Teaching Your Child the Ten Commandments

As a family you may have rules, they may include things like not talking while an adult is talking or not leaving the house without telling an adult where you are going. There are many reasons for setting rules in a family not only to maintain order but to keep everyone safe.

God has made some rules for us as well, we know them as the “Ten Commandments”.

These rules are found in the Bible in Exodus 20 and are God’s guidelines for us:

“And God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I am the LORD your God…

ONE: ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.’

TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–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.’

THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’

FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’

FIVE: ‘Honor your father and your mother.’

SIX: ‘You shall not murder.’

SEVEN: ‘You shall not commit adultery.’

EIGHT: ‘You shall not steal.’

NINE: ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.’

TEN: ‘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, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.’

Teaching your children the Ten Commandments will help them to understand what God sees as sin and what God wants us to abstain from, however it is important to help your child to understand that sin is sin and that God does not see one sin as being “worse” than another though we as humans might.

You can point out to your child that some of the Ten Commandments have become part of our modern day society’s laws, such as murder or stealing, but that some of them are still just things that God has laid out for us, such as “Honoring your father and mother” or “not taking the Lord’s name in vain.”

Some activities for teaching the ten commandments to your child:

We must teach our children that though these rules may not be honored by everyone that we should strive to abide by and honor them as we honor God as our Lord and Savior. It is important that they know and understand them from early on in life and that they make them a valuable part of their life. Start early teaching them to your child.

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