21 Rules from God

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Exodus 20:2a.

Do you have a code of conduct or rules at school? What sort of rules can you remember? Are they easy or hard to keep?

Do have rules at home? What about?

Do you think it is important to have rules? Why or why not? What would happen if there were no rules?


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The story so far…

About two months after leaving Egypt the people of Israel reached Mount Sinai. God told Moses that if the Israelites obeyed him, he would make them into a special nation and they would have a special relationship with him. Only Moses was allowed to go up onto the holy mountain to hear God’s words. God gave Moses ten rules or “commandments” that the people were to keep in order to stay close to God. The first four are about our relationship with him; then, six are about our relationship with others.

Now read Exodus 20:2–8,12–17 together.


What happened next…

While God was speaking with Moses on the mountain there was thunder and lightning and smoke. The people were terrified. But Moses told them not to be afraid. God wanted the people to know his rules so that they would know right from wrong and stay close to him.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 36 together.


Did you know…?

Sinai This is the name of a mountain and the desert area around it. God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and gave him the ten rules for living. Sinai is also where Moses was working as a shepherd, some time earlier, when God spoke to him through a bush that burned but did not burn away.

Food for the poor As well as the ten rules that were given to Moses on Mount Sinai, God gave his people many other laws. One law said that, at harvest time, the farmers or people who owned fruit trees could only gather the crops from their fields and trees once. Anything that they left behind or dropped was to be left for poor people or foreigners to pick.

Food in the desert On their journey to the land that God had promised, the people complained a lot about how hard it was to live in the desert. God sent them “manna” each day, a sort of biscuity-wafer that tasted of honey. They could collect manna on six days a week but not on the day of rest, the “sabbath”, so they collected twice as much the day before.

Manna This word means “what is it?” It comes from the Hebrew words “man hu”. It’s what the Israelites said when they first saw the white flakes on the ground.


Try it out

Love and obey God with a wristband reminder.

You will need: a paper strip 3 x 20 cm, felt-tip pens, sticky tape.

1 Write the words: “Love God and do what he says” along a strip of paper. Decorate around the words with patterns and colours.

2 Wrap the strip loosely around your wrist and fasten it with sticky tape.

3 Make another band for your Bible Coach to remind them to love and obey God too.


Talk to God

Ask God to help you live his way.

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