What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?
Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone.
“If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing well.” – James 2:8
Outline for lesson
- Open in prayer. Thank God for being the truth and for His commands. Help us live in a right way that shows Your grace to others.
- Review: Supplies: Index cards, pen and scissors, lunch bag, stapler and timer. Cut the index cards in half. If you want to make this a bit harder, do not use the same index card that was cut for the same lesson. Older children will match the cut. Or you can write the question and answer using the same cut index card to help younger children. Write questions 1 – 11 on the smaller index cards. Place all cards in a paper bag and staple top. Have children open up bag empty the bag of the Q & A’s and put then together. Time them. Try a second time together and see if they get a faster time.
Tell or read the story of “ The Boy Who Cried Wolf” to your family. At end of story ask these questions:
*What did the boy do in the story?
*Do you like being lied to?
*Have you ever lied?
*Did the people believe the boy when he was telling the truth?
*Why do we like hearing the truth?
Is all lying wrong? What about a “white lie?” All lying is wrong.
Why are we tempted to tell lies? We think it might get us out of trouble with our parents, or it might make us more popular with our friends, or will help us control a situation.
Say, “The Bible has many warnings against lying and the 9th commandment says that God does not want people to lie.” Introduce question and answer 12.
- Read: Exodus 20: 1-17. Ask who are the people in these commands? These commandments are intended to help God’s people live wisely with each other. What does it mean, to be like God? God tells us in the Bible that, he is truth. Since God is truth, how should we feel about telling the truth? Read John 8:44. Who does this verse say is the Father of Lies? What do you think about lying? Telling the truth is being like God.
What does Coveting mean? Wanting things that others have. God cares about our hearts. Coveting often causes people to become focussed on things that can take the place of God in the hearts of his people.
- Recite: Memorize Q & A and verse from lesson 12. Pray that we will desire to tell the truth at all times.