Moses Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments. The Law is a Schoolmaster to lead us to a knowledge of our need of a Saviour.

 

Children’s School Visit

Today we had a visit from a Primary School Class to the Church. They came with lots of questions about church and Christianity. I love getting visits from the children, because they always ask the questions that no one else will. After giving them a few guidelines as to how the questioning would go, i.e. that they must listen to one another’s questions, so they are not repeated and that they put up their hands and I’ll point to someone to ask.
The very first question was a brilliant one. A little girl asked, “How many sins does a person need do to keep them out of heaven?”
I thanked the little girl, repeated the question so that everyone knew what it was, “How many sins does a person need to do to keep them out of heaven?”
I said, “Well first we need to try and discover what a SIN is, can anyone tell me?”
The responses were; doing something wrong, telling lies, stealing, murder etc…
I said, “So now we know what a SIN is, but can anyone tell me who says these things are wrong?”
They said; the teacher, a minister, mum or dad, the Bible.
I asked if there was anybody else that tells us “Lying, Stealing and Murder are wrong and we shouldn’t do it?”
They said, the Police and I probed a little deeper, “There’s something inside each and everyone of us, that is constantly telling us not to lie, steal and cheat etc, what is it?”
They responded with, “Our mind, our heart”
I asked if they would like me to tell them? I said, “It begins with Con….” They got it immediately, “The Conscience”. I explained that God has planted a Conscience inside every human being, so that we’ll know right from wrong before we do it.
I said, but God has also written it down for us in the Ten Commandments and our Conscience agrees with them 100%, if we’re listening to the voice of our conscience. Do you remember Pinocchio? He had a Conscience and they sang a lovely little song, “Always let your conscience be your guide””

“Now can anyone tell me some of the Ten Commandments?” We got most of them; lying, stealing, murder, obey mum and dad…
I then asked, “How many murders would I have to commit before someone called me a murderer?” One little boy said, “Four”… I smiled and said, “really, if I committed a murder, you’d let me walk away as if I hadn’t committed a murder?” He said, “Oh, no, only one then”
That’s right I said, “It takes just one murder to be classed by human society as a Murderer and that will stick with you for the rest of your life.”
Now I asked, “Has anyone ever told a lie?” They all immediately put their hands in the air. I then asked them, “How many lies does it take before I’ll be called a liar?” They all responded with “Just ONE”….
I said that’s right and it’s the same with stealing, If I steal just one thing in my lifetime, I become a thief and God will look upon me as a thief…
Not to get back to the first question that was asked, “How many sins, do I have to commit before I can’t get into Heaven?” They all didn’t know the answere to that one. I then said, “Well the Bible tells us that no liar, no thief, no blasphemer can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. So if I tell you just one lie, I’m a liar and I’ve broken God’s Holy Law, that was written upon my Conscience and in the Ten Commandments. The Bible makes it clear that no one who’s ever sinned can get into Heaven”…
Their little faces were a picture. “Who can get into heaven then?” they asked, “because we’ve ALL sinned and broken God’s commandments?”
I said, “That’s so right, we’ve all told lies, stolen something and broken many of the other commandments as well”
So if God were going to Judge us by the Commandments that He’s given us, who’d get into Heaven? “No one” they said.
Then I asked them, “How then can anyone get saved?” “What would you say to God to ask Him to allow you into Heaven?” They said, “I’d say sorry” or “Please forgive me” or “I’ll never do it again.”
I said, “That’s right, that’s what we’d all say, we will be sorry too, because no one can get into Heaven with sin in their hearts and we all ask God to forgive us, but will He?”
They said “God will forgive us, because God is full of love.”
I said, “You are right, God is full of love, God is Love the Bible tells us, but He also is a God of Justice”
Let me explain I said, then I told them this story;
The Car Thief: Imagine there was a man who stole a car, he gets caught in the car by the Police, who take him to Court and he’s standing in front of the Big Judge. The man tells the Judge that he’s really, really sorry and promises never to steal a car again. The Judge tells the man, “So you should be sorry, you committed a very serious crime”
I asked the children, “Will the good Judge let that man go free because he’s sorry for stealing the car?”
A little girl answered, “No way, that Judge would tell him, you should be sorry, but you’ll have to go to jail and face a huge fine too” Everybody laughed.
So it is with us all I said, “No matter how sorry we are for breaking God’s Commandments, He can’t just let us off, we broke His Holy Law and we must pay the fine and go to His prison”
There was total silence, because the truth was hitting home into their little hearts. I then asked the children, “Do you know what God has done so that every single human being can be allowed into heaven and be washed clean of all their sins?”
We eventually got to the Cross: “Jesus died upon the cross for the sins of the whole world”
I asked, “How do we get cleaned from all our sins then?” then explained, “Christians believe that we must turn away from sin in our life and ask Jesus to forgive them, and thank Him for taking our punishment upon the cross. He was punished so that we don’t have to be. He was nailed to the Cross so that all our sins could be washed away. All we have to do is say to Jesus “I’m sorry for sinning Lord and I’m asking you to forgive me, I trust that you died upon the cross for my sins and I receive you as my Lord and Saviour”
I said, “Once you ask Jesus and trust Him, you will be forgiven and your sins washed away”….
I’m not allowed to ask school children when visiting the church to make a commitment to Jesus, so I simply asked them, “Does that make sense? We’ve all sinned, we’re all guilty, we are all contaminated with sin and must be washed clean, no amount of promising to be good will wash it away, and only Jesus death can bring God’s forgiveness and cleansing, then we’ll be fit for Heaven.”
We broke into more questions that they may have.
Wasn’t that an amazing first question to ask, and what a discussion we had afterwards; They wanted to know the Ten Commandments… I wish I’d remembered to bring my Ten Commandment Coins to give them all. Next time! 🙂
I explained, “We need to be very careful though, because even though God gives us the Ten Commandments, no one will ever be saved by trying to live by them, because we can’t do it. They are just like a mirror that we use in the morning when cleaning our teeth, we want to see the dirty little specks and get them sparkling white before going out into the world. It’s the same with God’s Commandments, they, like a mirror, show us the dirt in our hearts and that we need to be cleaned before we can get into Heaven.”
We ARE SAVED By FAITH in Jesus Christ:
Galatians 3:24-26   “Wherefore the law (God’s Commandments) was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster (The Law).
26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
John 1:12-13   “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
They are just like a School Teacher: They show us our need of a Saviour, because we cannot get rid of the sin ourselves. God sent Jesus into the world to save sinners like you and me.
WOWzer! We become Children of God once we’ve trusted in Jesus Christ by faith in His death upon the Cross for our sins, and He rose from the dead and is alive and ruling in Heaven now…
I couldn’t ask the children, but I’m asking ALL who read this now; “Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour? Have you turned in repentance to Him to seek cleansing and forgiveness of your sins?”
Trust Him NOW! For today is the day of Salvation.
Have a wonderful day,
Don.