Purpose: Use this children’s sermon about God giving Moses the Ten Commandments to teach kids how all of Scripture is directly inspired by the Lord.
Scripture: Exodus 19-31
Needed: a notebook and something to write with
(Summarize Exodus 19-31 with the following story.)
Say, After God used Moses to bring the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt, God needed to give the Israelites His rules for how they should live. They were going to become a new country, so God had to give them the laws they were supposed to obey.
So, God called Moses to come up a mountain and talk with Him. Moses went up on the mountain and talked with God for 40 days. That’s a long time, isn’t it? But God had a lot to tell Moses.
And while Moses was up on the mountain, God carved His ten most important rules on two stone tablets and gave them to Moses. When Moses came back down from the mountain, He gave them to the people.
Now, I want show you how this worked. I’m going to write something down. Pretend that I’m God writing the Ten Commandments. (Write a rule from your children’s ministry or a common rule for your church onto a piece of paper.)
Now, I need a volunteer. (Give the piece of paper to your volunteer.) _ is going to give the rest of you the rule I wrote down. _ is like Moses carrying the Ten Commandments and giving it to the people.
Is the rule _’s rule?
It’s not _’s rule. _ is the one who gave you the rule, but I’m the one who wrote it, so it’s my rule. And even though Moses was the one who gave the people the rules they were supposed to follow, they weren’t Moses’ rules; they were God’s rules.
But the Bible tells us that the whole Bible is God’s message to us. It’s all God’s rules, even if God didn’t write the whole Bible.
Let me show how the whole Bible can be God’s rules even if He didn’t write like He wrote the Ten Commandments.
(Ask for another volunteer and choose one who can write.)
I’m going to ask _ to come up and write something down for me. (Tell your volunteer to write down a rule that you give them.)
Now, _ wrote the rule, but is it _’s rule?
It’s my rule because I told _ what to write.
That’s what the whole Bible is. (Read or summarize 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16 , quoted here in the NIV.)
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
“All Scripture is God-breathed…”
These verses tell us that God told the people of the Bible what to write. That’s why we have to listen to the Bible. The Bible isn’t just Moses’ message to us or Paul’s message or Peter’s message. The Bible is God’s message to us.
Lord, we thank You for showing us that Your Word, the Bible, is Your message to us. It’s Your rules that You told Your followers to write down. Help us to listen to and obey the Bible because it comes from You. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermons about the Exodus