Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sunday School Lesson on the Ten Commandments - You Shall Not Steal

Use this Sunday School lesson on the Ten Commandments to teach children to respect others' property.


Needed: Bibles

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, Does anyone remember why God gives us rules? God gives us rules because He loves us. The rules He gives us are meant to protect us and others.

How many of you have everything you want? Can anyone think of something that you don’t have, but you want it? (Listen to kids’ ideas and prompt them to think if they don’t come up with anything right away.)
Do some of your friends or cousins or someone have some of things that you want?
What could you do to get those things you want? (Listen to kids’ ideas and help them to think of more. Suggestions could be that they could do chores, save up allowance, ask for the item for birthday or Christmas, etc).
You could always just steal what you want from the store or from your friend if they have what you want. Do you think that’s a good idea?       
How would you feel if someone stole something of yours?

(Have a student read Exodus 20:15.)

What is God telling us not to do in this Bible verse? God is telling us not to steal.

So when we want something, we just have to work for and earn the money for that thing we want or we have to wait and ask for them as a present.
But God has another rule that goes along with this one about not stealing.
(Have a student read Exodus 20:17.)
God says that we’re not supposed to covet what other people have. What does that word “covet” mean?            
It means to want what someone else has, to be envious of them or jealous that they have it and we don’t. God says not to want something that someone else has and not to be mad at someone for having something that we don’t have.

(Have a student read Hebrews 13:5.)

God says that we should be content with what we have. What does it mean to be content?

It means to be happy with or satisfied with you what have. God doesn’t want us to always be wanting more things. He wants us to just be happy and thankful for what we do have.

And we know that we always have the best thing because we always have God. Even if we don’t have everything that we want, God has promised that He’ll always be with us and having God with us is much better than anything else we could want.

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