God Gave Good Laws to His People Israel
Prayer. “Lord, help the children see that you gave your ancient Law to prepare your people for something better.”
Choose activities that fit the children’s needs and ages.
Moses received Ten Commands. Have an n older child or a teacher read or relate how God gave Moses the Ten Commands for the nation of Israel.
Tell how God prepared the people to receive His law, Exodus 19:9–13.
Tell what God did on mount Sinai, Exodus 19:16–25.
Explain briefly each command, Exodus 20:1–21.
Children may copy the picture. The older children may write the commands
· What was the mountain like when the people went there to meet God? [Exodus 19:18.]
· What would have happened, if the people had touched the mountain? [Exodus 19:24.]
· How did the people feel when they saw the mountain in smoke? [Exodus 20:18.]
· What were the Ten Commands that God gave to Moses? [Let the children name as many as they can remember.]
· Since Jesus died and rose from the dead, and sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, we are no longer under the ancient law of the Old Covenant. Romans 6:14 assures us, “You are not under law, but under grace.”
· Jesus fulfilled the old Law given to the nation of Israel, Matt. 5:17.
· We are saved by God’s grace, not by keeping the ancient law but by the transforming work of His Holy Spirit, Eph. 2:8–10.
· Under the New Covenant we obey Jesus’ commands out of love, not out of fear. He said, “If you love me, obey my commands”, John 14:15.
Jesus commanded many things. We can summarise his commands in the seven basic commands that the first believers obeyed, Acts 2:37–47:
1. Repent, believe and be filled with the Holy Spirit
2. Baptised new believers
3. Love and forgive
4. Celebrate the Lord’s Supper
7. Make disciples
Arrange to present this also during worship. Use your teaching time with the children to prepare these five roles: 1) Narrator: summarises the story and reminds the children of what to say. 2) Voice of God. 3) Moses. 4) Paul. 5) Israelites (young children).
Narrator: “The new nation of Israel, many thousands of people, were wandering in the desert without laws. God prepared them to receive His holy law. Listen to what God said to their leader Moses.”
Voice of God: Read loudly Exodus 19:9–11 in a loud voice.
Narrator: “Hear what the people of Israel said.”
Israelites: Shout, “Look at the smoke on the mountain!” — “Look at the lightning.” — “The thunder frightens me!” — “We cannot go near God or we will die!”
Narrator: Read Exodus 19:16–20. Then say, “Listen to what God said to Moses.”
Voice of God: Read loudly the words of God in Exodus 19:21.
Narrator: Explain that God told Moses to come up on the mountain to receive the Law for the people. Then say, “Listen to what God said to Moses at the top of the mountain.”
Moses: Climb up on a chair and say, “We will obey these laws so you will bless us.”
Narrator: “Galatians 5:18 says, ‘If you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law’. Hear what the Apostle Paul said many years later, after God made the New Covenant.”
Paul: “Jesus died to save us. We are not under the law. We obey Jesus out of love.”
Israelites: Shout: “Then we can break God’s Law now!” — “We can do whatever we want!” — “Let us sin, so God can show us more forgiveness and love!”
Paul: “No! No! No! God is holy! We obey Jesus out of love. He commands us to love God and each other. His Holy Spirit produces love in our hearts. If we love, we will not murder or steal or worship idols. We will do what pleases God.”
Israelites: Shout: “Will God appear on a mountain with smoke and lightning?” — “He’s too far away and too holy”. — “We cannot get near Him!” — “I am afraid to talk to him!”
Paul: “No! No! No! Under the New Covenant, God is no longer far from us. He lives in us. We can talk to him like a father. We are not afraid to talk to him now.”
Narrator: When the drama is over thank the children. Ask them if they have questions for the adults to answer. (Prepare them to ask the adults the questions under part 2.)
Discussion. Ask the children, “What is the difference between the Old Law and the way we obey Jesus now? (Let them give examples.)
Draw a picture of a mountain smoking for the children to copy. Let them show the pictures to the adults during worship time and explain that it illustrates God’s holiness.
Memorise Matthew 7:12.
Poem: Let three children each recite one of these verses from Psalm 19:7, 10 & 11.
The law of the
LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
They are more
precious than gold, than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
By them is your
in keeping them there is great reward.
Prayer: “Lord, you are Holy. You hate our sin. Thank you for showing us our sin so that we could repent and find forgiveness in Jesus. We want to obey you not because the Law forces us to, but because we love you.”