Ten Commandments for Children

Ten-Commandments (Charlton Heston)

We all have different ways of studying and making appropriate application of the word of God. One of the things that I do is I try to think how I would teach the pasage or material to someone else.

How would a non-Christian respond to this?
How would a man respond to this truth?
How about a woman?
How about a single person?
What would a teenagers response be to this or that truth?

I was working through Deuteronomy and started working through a “how might I talk to children about this?” idea. What follows was the result.

Maybe it will be helpful to some parents. But maybe some of you can help me too. I would love to have someone improve on some of the phrasing. It would help me the next time I get to spend some time with my grandchildren.

10 Commandments for Kids

  1. 10-Commandments- (Oldest Known)
    Oldest Known 10 Commandments*

    Love God with all your heart. (Deut. 5:6-10)

  2. Only use God’s name to talk to God or about God. (Deut. 5:11)
  3. Remember to worship God with others on the Lord’s Day.  (Deut. 5:12-15)
  4. Obey your mother and father. (Deut. 5:16)
  5. You shall not hate. (Deut. 5:17; Matthew 5:21-22)
  6. You shall always be loyal to your mate. (Deut. 5:18)
  7. You shall not steal. (Deut. 5:19)
  8. You shall not lie about your friends or anyone else. (Deut. 5:20)
  9. You shall not take your neighbor’s things. (Deut. 5:21)
  10. You shall not covet anything that your neighbor has. (Deut. 5:21)
* The two-foot-square (0.18 square meter), 115-pound (52 kg) marble slab is inscribed in an early Hebrew script called Samaritan. It is actually a Samaritan copy which drops the second commandment in favor of a command to worship on Mt. Gerizim. Most likely it adorned a Samaritan synagogue or home in the ancient town of Jabneel, Palestine, which is now called Yavneh in modern Israel.

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