What are the most frustrating rules in your life? Speed limits? Carpool pick-up line protocols? Deadlines for filing taxes? By nature, we tend to buck up against being told what to do and try to toe the line of obedience as much as possible. But in God’s Word, we see a difference between rules for the sake of rules and parameters given to us as a gift from the Lord to protect and guide us. Following the Lord means knowing that God can be trusted and obeying His way.
Obedience: Following God's commands His way, right away, all the way.
MEMORY VERSE: “If you love me, obey my commandments." John 14:15 (NLT)
This Week’s Finish Line: Following the Lord means obeying his way.
In the book of Exodus, God gave the Israelites the Law after He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He didn’t give the Israelites (and us) rules because He was mean and just wanted to tell them what to do. He gave them to us out of love and because He knows what’s best. God’s Word is always a gift and a blessing. We call this part of the Law the Ten Commandments. God’s Law instructed the Israelites to follow Him and obey His way by keeping God as their first priority and not making or worshipping any idols. He warns them to not misuse His name and to remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. He also commanded them to honor their parents and to stay away from things like murder, adultery, stealing, or lying. Those sound like easier commandments to keep, but they even include things like not getting angry with others, not borrowing things without permission, and not saying untrue things about someone behind their back. God also tells them that obeying His way means being content with what He has given you instead of being jealous and wishing you had what someone else does. God gave the Israelites His Law to show them what it looks like to follow Him and obey His way, which is always best. These are all great reminders for us today, too!
READ EXODUS 20:1-11 (The Ten Commandments)
- What do these first 4 commandments have in common? (They all have to do with our relationship with God and how we can love Him.)
- God loves us so much He wants us to have a relationship with Him! In these first 4 commandments He is showing us what it looks like to do that. Look at each commandment and make a list of how we can show our love for God by obeying HIS WAY.
READ EXODUS 20:12-17
- What do these 6 commandments have in common? (They all have to do with our relationships with others and how we can love them.)
- Why do you think God wants us to have good relationships with others HIS WAY? Continue your list from question 2 above by looking at each of these commandments and writing out how we can love others by obeying God’s way.
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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:
Teacher: Meal Time
READ JOHN 14:15, 21. Can any of you say you’ve perfectly kept all of God’s commands and obeyed HIS WAY? How has your sin damaged your relationship with God and with others? What’s the only way your relationship can be made right again? (By asking for forgiveness and accepting that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is the only way your relationship with God can be made right.) Why is this such good news?
Friend: Drive Time
Spend time in the car coming up with easy ways to remember the 10 Commandments. Make up a song, come up with hand motions, or think of some other creative way that you can keep these close to your head and heart as you seek to follow the Lord and obey His way.
Thank God for loving us so much that He showed us how we can obey His way and love Him in return. Ask Him to help you trust & follow His way out of love for Him.
At church, your child may have gotten a set of Ten Commandment matching cards. If not, make some of your own at home writing the commandment on one flash card and drawing a picture on the other of what each commandment represents. (Feel free to use a broken heart for commandment #7.) Use this to play a matching game as a family sometime and talk about how you can each choose to obey God’s way this week.
Thank God for loving us so much to show us how we can obey His way and love Him in return. Ask Him to help you trust & follow His way not out of obligation or legalism but out of love for Him.
Next week, we will continue in learning about obedience and how we should not hesitate in our obedience to the Lord!
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