Ten Commandments Litany by Katherine Hawker
This week’s scripture references: Exodus 19-20, 24-25, 32-34, 40, Matthew 22:34-40
Rules are an important part of our lives, helping to keep us safe and helping to maintain order. God recognized that the Israelites needed help living in community with respect for each other and for God. So he gave Moses a set of ten straightforward, no-nonsense rules for how the Israelites were to relate to God and to each other. “God taught the Israelites who he was and what he required of them: “I am holy, so you are to be holy.” God wanted his people to become compassionate, merciful and just.” (The Story, page 69-70)The Ten Commandments 1. Love God above all else. 2. Do not worship anyone or anything but God. 3. Do not misuse God’s name. 4. Keep the Sabbath holy. 5. Respect your mother and father. 6. Do not murder. 7. Be faithful in marriage. 8. Do not steal. 9. Do not lie. 10. Do not be jealous of what others have.
The first four commandments are about our relationship with God. What are some things that we make more important than our time with God? How do you honor God with your worship? How can we use God’s name in an honoring way? What would it look like for you to keep the Sabbath day holy?
The rest of the commandments deal with our relationship with others. What is one way we can honor our fathers and mothers? What would other people think about our relationship with God if we stole something or lied about something? What do we long for that belongs to someone else? Why do we struggle to be satisfied with what God gives us? How do we thank him for filling all of our needs?
God knew we would have trouble keeping these commandments so he sent us Jesus to teach us how to live and how to love. Jesus simplified these commandments for us into the Greatest Commandments:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”- Mark 12:30-31
The law of God hangs on the love of Jesus. How would you describe your relationship with Christ? What are you doing to nurture your relationship with God? In what ways are you serving God? How do you love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? In what ways do you love others as yourself? What would it mean to love God with such intensity that nothing else will satisfy? How does your love for God inspire you to cherish the relationships entrusted to you? How does following Christ help you to be compassionate, merciful and just?
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