Devotional: After the children of Israel escape from the Egyptians, they continue on their journey to the land God always promised them - Canaan. They sometimes took breaks on their travels and set up their tents. They only traveled when God’s presence - a cloud by day and a fire by night - led them. When it moved, they moved. When it stopped, they stopped. After a few months of traveling, they came to a mountain in the wilderness of Sinai.
Read Exodus 19:1-6
When Moses gets to the top of Mount Sinai, God gives him a set of laws for the Israelites to live by. These commands are not just for them, but they are to be told to their children, their grandchildren, and every Israelite that comes after them. They are called “The Ten Commandments,” and they gave the Israelites instructions for how they were to live for God and how they were to treat one another.
Read Matthew 22:35-40
When Jesus was on earth, He said people could fulfill the Ten Commandments by living out the two commands of loving God and loving your neighbor as yourself. These two commands help everyone to live the kind of lives that God has designed for us. Just like the rules for driving, God’s rules for living are to give us the best life of all.
DISCUSSION: What does it mean to love God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind? What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? Are there ever times when following these commands is not easy?
Prayer: In your prayer, thank God for giving us His laws so that we can enjoy the best life possible and ask for His help as we seek to love Him and love everyone around us.