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Kids SS – Q9: What does God require in the first, second and third commandments?

This week’s question is:

What does God require in the first, second and third commandments?

First, that we know God as the only true God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence.

Our memory verse is Deut 6:13-14 – “It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the people who are around you.”

John Lin – “If we are always trying to change who God is or replace him with something else, we’ll never be at peace. We’ll never experience true comfort, true significance, or true joy. We’ll never be whole.”

The first three commandments set the boundaries for our relationship with God. We worship him, and him alone, and with the respect that He deserves. These rules set the boundaries so that we can have freedom to worship him with all we are. Without these boundaries in the first 3 commandments, we end up making up our own god instead of living with the actual God of the universe. A god that we can make up is a god that will only disappoint and will only fail us. But the God of the Bible, the God of our fathers, the God revealed as Father, Son and Spirit, will never fail and will never leave us.

Kids SS: Q8 – What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments?

What is the law of God stated in the 10 commandments? You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

John Yates: “The commandments are our treasure. We cherish them. They’re a great gift, a love gift from God. They guide us. They warn us. They protect us. When we keep them, we show others what God is like. When we fail to live them, we bring great harm to ourselves and we dishonor our Maker.”

This week’s answer is quite long, but don’t fret, we’ll be spending several weeks on these commandments. So you’ll get plenty of time to learn them. This week focus on the fact that there are 10, that the first 4 deal with our relationship with God and the last 6 deal with our relationship with each other. Here’s a nice video about God’s law from the Bible Project:

Kids SS: Q7 – What does the law of God require?

This weeks question is:
What does the law of God require? That we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Our memory verse is Matthew 22:37-40
“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

John Wesley: “And the second commandment is like unto this; the Second great branch of Christian righteousness is closely and inseparably connected therewith…Thou shalt love…Thy neighbor; – this is not only they friend, thy kinsman, or thy acquaintance; not only the virtuous, the friendly…but every child of man…”

Last weeks question focused on “that” we should obey, but it didn’t tell us “how” to obey. This week’s question goes hand in hand with the other. In fact, without this weeks question and answer, you might misunderstand God completely. Jesus was asked what was the greatest commandment. A common question among rabbis of the day. If you could distill the law down, what would it be. The Talmud, a collection of Jewish writings from just after the time of Christ, captures how many different rabbis answered this question. (Here’s an interesting article on the Talmud: Jesus said it this way: love God and love people. If you want to know how to obey God’s law, love God and love people.
Jesus would spend all of his life, and even to death, showing us what that simple message meant. He would love God so deeply and perfectly people would be in awe of his devotion. And He would love people so deeply that He would meet them right where they were, and give His very life for them.
Kids often get obedience confused with oppression. Obeying isn’t fun, so it must not be good. But obedience to God’s law is not a daily ticking off of rules. It is love. Talk to your kids this week about how loving God and people is obedience to God’s law.

Kids SS: Q6 – How can we glorify God?

This week our question is:
How can we glorify God? By loving him and by obeying his commands and law.
Our memory verse is Deuteronomy 11:1
“Love the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.”

Bryan Chapell: “I’ll walk with him and love him in all he requires, because in doing so, I will actually enjoy the path that he has designed for the best life that he desires to give me.”

Sometimes obedience gets a bad rap in our culture. We think if we obey then we’re somehow giving up freedom. And there is no greater value in our culture today than being free. But that kind of freedom is actually bondage. Here’s an interesting article on the bondage of too many choices:
Like having too many choices actually makes us miserable, having too many choices to turn against God makes us miserable too. Only when we obey God and his ways are we truly free, because then we are fulfilling God’s purpose for our life.
Talk to your kids this week about how choosing what God wants for our life and following his ways actually makes us free.

Kids SS: Q4 – What else did God create?

Q4: What else did God create? God created all things, and all his creation was very good.

Our memory verse is Genesis 1:31

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

John Calvin: “God has given us, throughout the whole frame-work of this world, clear evidences of his eternal wisdom, goodness, and power; and though hi is in himself invisible, he in a manner becomes visible to us in his works.”

You may have seen this video before, a zoom out from a person to the edge of the universe, and then a zoom in down to the protons and neutrons. It gives a sense of the breadth and depth of creation. Colossians 1:16-17 says “16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Jesus Christ is holding the very universe together, down to the protons and neutrons, and out to the furthest reaches of the universe.

It might make you feel small, and it rightly should. James 4 says “we are a vapor.” That smallness should lead us to worship. 

It also should embolden us, because the God of the universe that has made all things, knows the hairs on your head. He knows you and loves you. He moved heaven and earth to secure your place with him in eternity by the sacrifice of his precious Son.

Share with your children this week the incredible weight and glory of God, and that He is the creator of everything, and that He created them.