Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jesse Tree: Day 10, Rules to Guide Us

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:1-22

Symbol: Tablets

Reading: God wants us to be good to each other. God wants us to treat others the way that we want to be treated. To help us to understand how to care for each other, many years ago God gave Moses the ten best rules for living. These rules are called the Ten Commandments, and they are still good rules for us today.
Not everybody likes to follow the rules. They think rules keep them from having fun. But God gave us the rules not as a punishment, but as a way of helping us to show God that we are thankful for what God has done for us. God wants us to do good, and will help us to do the right thing by guiding us to the right path.

Talk about: What rules help your family to live together and be happy?

Prayer: Righteous God, thank you for giving us rules to guide us.

Activity: Sit together and write out each of the ten commandments in a way that your kids can understand. If they are old enough, ask them to do this task and discuss it together. Below are some ideas, but be creative and work together. Explain to them that these rules were given to us to show us how to live life best.

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
    ours: Don’t make anything more important than God
  2. You shall not make idols.
    ours: Don’t worship things, worship God
  3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
    ours: Use God’s name with respect
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
    ours: Use the Sabbath as a day to worship and rest in Jesus
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
    ours: Respect your dad and mom
  6. You shall not murder.
    ours: Don’t hurt others with your words or actions
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
    ours: Love your family and be loyal to them
  8. You shall not steal.
    ours: Don’t take what belongs to someone else
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    ours: Speak only what is true
  10. You shall not covet.
    ours: Do not be greedy for what another person has, be grateful with what you have

*The symbol and devotions are from The Reformed Church of America and you can use this link to find what I have used and more at their advent site. 

A copy of the directions to make your own Jesse Tree are here and the patterns for the symbols are here

To find a list of all the linked Jesse Tree posts click here

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