Teaching the 3rd and 4th Commandments to ChildrenJuly 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Biblical Teaching, Exodus | 11 Comments
Tags: 3rd Commandment, 4th Commandment, children's Bible lessons, Commandments of God, Exodus 20, God's Name in vain, Sabbath, Sabbath Day, Sabbath rest
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
The Bible has many negative things to say about vanity, and Commandment No. 3 is a good starting point for teaching children what it means. “Vanity” refers to things which might mean something to people here on earth now, but will not mean anything one day in Heaven. When we take God’s name “in vain,” we make it seem like God is not important to us. That’s one reason why we don’t want to say things like “Oh God” or “Oh my God” in a casual way. Even terms like “gosh” can be a form of taking God’s name in vain. A good rule for children to remember is to only say God’s name when you are actually talking about God.
Here are some names for God in the Bible that most children can easily understand, or may know already:
3. HOLY SPIRIT
4. HOLY GHOST
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Here, under the 4th Commandment, it is important to teach children the reason why God rested. He did not “rest” because He was tired. He rested to show that He was finished with the initial work of creation, and to set an example for us. He also rested in order to set apart a special day – and some things – as special to Him. God wants us to show that we care more about Him than making money.