Christian Churches of God

No. CB76

 

 

Lesson:

Seventh Commandment

 

(Edition 2.0 20050914-20070303)

 

The aim of the lesson is teach the Seventh Commandment with the emphasis on the sanctity of marriage and its relationship to Christ and the Church. We seek to help children learn and understand the importance of marriage and the role of the family.

 

 

 

 

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Lesson:Seventh Commandment
 
Childrenís Bible Study



Goal:

The goal of the lesson is to teach the Seventh Commandment with the emphasis on the sanctity of marriage and its relationship to Christ and the Church.

 

Objectives:

  1. To show the children that God ordained the marriage covenant.
  2. To help the children learn the importance of marriage and the role of the family.
  3. To assist the children with learning there is a spiritual application to Christ and the Church.

 

Relevant Scriptures:

Genesis 1:27-28; 2:21-24; Mark 10:6-9; Ephesians 5:21-33; Philippians 4:8-9; 1Corinthians 13:4-8. ††††††

 

Reference Material:

Law and the Seventh Commandment (No. 260)

Marriage (No. 289)

Marriage Ceremony (D2)

Creation of the Family of God (No.CB4)

The Ten Commandments (No. CB17)

 

Memory Scripture:

Exodus 20:14Thou shalt not commit adultery.

 

Activity Options:

  1. Make a doll family out of clothe-spins (pegs).
  2. Make a cardboard cube for each child and have child draw a family member on each side of the cube, then go over how the family is the building block of society (S&S (in USA) also sells simple cardboard cubes for pictures that would work on the same concept.)

 

Supplies for Clothes-pin families:

  1. Different size old-fashioned clothes-pins.
  2. Markers
  3. Coloured yarn (black, brown, yellow, red, gray)
  4. Fabric scraps, ribbons
  5. Glue or paste

 

Format:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Go through the formal aspect of the Seventh Commandment having older children read some of the Scriptures and encouraging as much participation as possible.
  3. Make dolls of family members and discuss what we value or appreciate about our families.
  4. Close with prayer

 

Formal aspect of Lesson:

 

(Childrenís questions in bold)

 

Q1. In the beginning who always existed?

A. God. (Jn. 17:3; 1Jn. 5:20)

 

Q2. Did God want to always be alone?

A. No. (Ex. 3:14)

 

Q3. Did God know how everything would work out before He started creating?

A. Yes. (1Jn. 3:20)

 

Q4. What was the first thing He created?

A. The spiritual Host. The Being who became Jesus Christ was the very first to be created (Rev. 3:14; Col. 1:15-16).

 

Q5. Did God create everything perfect from the beginning?

A. Yes. (Ezek. 28:12)Satan and the fallen Host chose to disobey (Isa. 14:13.14), and man also chooses to disobey or sin (Gen. 3:6).

 

Q6. What was created next?

A. The physical Earth and universal planets (Gen. 1:1; Job 38:7).

 

Q7. Who was put in charge of taking care of the Earth?

A. Lucifer/Satan (Ezek. 28:15; Eph. 2:2).

 

Q8. Did Lucifer always obey God?

A. No (Ezek. 28:15).

 

Q9. What happened when he disobeyed God?

A. His name was changed to Satan which means the accuser (1Pet. 5:8; Rev 12:10; Zech. 3:1). One third of the Host (Rev. 12:4) followed Satan in disobeying God; they were thrown to Earth and the Earth became a waste place (Gen. 1:2).

 

Q10. What happened next in the Plan of God?

A. The Earth was refashioned (Gen.1:3 ff.) or cleaned up so the man and his wife could be created and have a safe and healthy place to live and raise their family.

 

Q11. Who were the first man and woman?

A. Adam and Eve (Gen. 2:19; 3:20; 1Tim 2:13).For more information about Adam and Eve see the paper Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (No. CB6).

 

Q12. Who taught Adam and Eve?

A. The Angel of Yahovah who was later known as Jesus Christ (Gen. 3:8).

As a loving Father, God would always teach His children how to have healthy happy lives(Deut. 30:19; Mat.7: 9; Lk.11:11). Adam and Eve were taught Godís Laws.

 

Q13. Who was created first?

A. Adam (Gen. 2:19; 1Tim. 2:13).

 

Q14. In whose image was Adam created?

A. Godís (Gen. 1:27).

 

Q15. Who are we to become like or grow up to be like?

A. See Ephesians 4:13,14.

 

Q16. What was Adamís first job?

A. Naming the animals and taking care of the garden (Gen. 2:19-20).

 

Q17. What do we think God was trying to teach Adam with this job?

A. To take care of his family and provide for his future family.

 

Q18. Did Adam like living by himself?

A. No (Gen. 2:20).

 

Q19. Did God think it was good for Adam to live by himself?

A. No. And that is why He created Eve as a helpmate or partner for him.

 

Have a child read the text of Genesis 2:18:

The Lord God said, ďIt is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a fit helper for himĒ (KJV).

The LORD God said, "It isn't good for the man to live alone. I need to make a suitable partner for himĒ. Contempory English Version (CEV)

 

Q20. What did God say in Genesis 2:21-23?

A. So the LORD God made him fall into a deep sleep, and he took out one of the man's ribs. Then after closing the man's side, 22 the LORD made a woman out of the rib.  The LORD God brought her to the man, 23 and the man exclaimed,  "Here is someone like me!  She is part of my body, my own flesh and bones.  She came from me, a man.  So I will name her Woman!" (CEV)

 

The woman was not created from the dust of the ground like her husband Adam but rather she was taken from the man.

 

Q21. Who created marriage?

A. God. Have a child read the text of Genesis 2:24:

That's why a man will leave his own father and mother. He marries a woman, and the two of them become like one person. (CEV)

 

We then see that, though marriage is for the physical union of a man and a woman, it is a God-ordained institution. God gave us the example of marriage from the beginning. Marriage is an agreement or covenant between the man and woman that receives its authority from God. Marriage is based on the authority and direction of God. We should never enter marriage lightly.

 

Q22. Are married couples to have children?

A. Yes. So God created humans to be like Him; He made men and women.

Genesis 1:27, 28 God gave them his blessing and said: Have a number of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth (CEV).

 

Q23. What does ďone fleshĒ or ďone personĒ mean?

A. It means they were to be one family; they were to love each other, help and encourage each other, and bring up children to the glory and admonition of God. Parents are to teach their children at all times (Gen. 18:19; Deut. 6:7; 11:19; Eph. 6:4; 2Tim3: 15).Just like God is the great Creator and has a perfect Plan for His spiritual creation and physical creation, God wanted to share that with mankind. God allows us to grow up and choose whom we want for a husband or wife and to raise a family and teach our family about God. God gave us the institution of marriage and the blessings of the family that we may more fully understand His love for us. We should never enter into marriage without seriously thinking, ďIs he/she the right person for me?Ē We should also ask other peopleís opinion about our future mate and get wise counsel.

 

Q24. Does God say anything about marriages in the N.T.?

A. See what it says in Mark 10:6-9:

But in the beginning God made a man and a woman. 7That's why a man leaves his father and mother and gets married. 8He becomes like one person with his wife. Then they are no longer two people, but one. 9And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together." (CEV)

 

Mark10:8-9:Therefore what God has joined together let not man separate (KJV)

 

Q25. Does it sound like marriage is very important to God?

A. Yes.

 

Q26. Any idea why God thinks marriage is so important?

 

Q27. Why does God hate divorce?

A. Just as we are to learn the spiritual through the physical (Rom. 1:20), God gave us marriages so that we can learn about Him and expand or help His family grow larger in Godís love.

 

Q28. Who is the head of Christ?

A. God (1Cor. 11:3).

 

Q29. Who is the head of every man?

A. Christ (Eph. 1:22; Col.1:18; 1Cor. 11:3).

 

Q30. Who is the head or in charge in every family?

A. The father (Gen. 3:16; Eph. 5:22-24; 1Cor. 11:3).

 

Q31. Who is the head of every woman?

A. Her husband (Gen. 3:16; Eph. 5:22-24; 1Cor. 11:3).

 

Q32. Who is the head or in charge of the Church/Body of Christ?

A. Messiah (Eph.1:22; 5:23; Col. 1:18).

 

Q33. Who helps new people learn about God and Christ once God has called the person?

A. The Church; i.e. the people in the Church through Godís Holy Spirit.

 

Letís see what Ephesians 5:21-33 says about husbands and wives and the Christ and the Church.

 

Child reads text:

Honor Christ and put others first. 22A wife should put her husband first, as she does the Lord. 23A husband is the head of his wife, as Christ is the head and the Savior of the church, which is his own body. 24Wives should always put their husbands first, as the church puts Christ first.25A husband should love his wife as much as Christ loved the church and gave his life for it. 26He made the church holy by the power of his word, and he made it pure by washing it with water. 27Christ did this, so that he would have a glorious and holy church, without faults or spots or wrinkles or any other flaws. 28In the same way, a husband should love his wife as much as he loves himself. A husband who loves his wife shows that he loves himself. 29None of us hate our own bodies. We provide for them and take good care of them, just as Christ does for the church, 30because we are each part of his body. 31As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother to get married, and he becomes like one person with his wife." 32This is a great mystery, but I understand it to mean Christ and his church. 33So each husband should love his wife as much as he loves himself, and each wife should respect her husband. (CEV)

 

So, in our physical families the Dad is like Christ and he is to provide for and take care of his wife and children, just like Christ takes care of the Church. The Mom is to support, respect, and help her husband and raise the children. This is just like the Church helps teach and care for all of us under the direction of the Messiah. In our families we should be able to see Godís love and Laws at work all the time. We all should be willing to help each other even if it means giving up something we wanted for ourselves.

 

Just like in our families we learn to grow and fear God, so too it is in the Church. None of the people on the Earth is perfect yet. The reason why children, and Dads and Moms go to Godís Feasts is to learn how to worship and fear God (Deut. 4:10; 14:23; 31:12,13). The more we obey God, the more He directs our thoughts (Prov.16: 3). So the more we obey God, the more we think and act like God.

 

Even though the adults that are baptized are not perfect, we all try to become more and more like Christ and God. We all need to try to follow Philippians 4:8-9:

Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, right, holy, friendly, and proper. Don't ever stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise. 9You know the teachings I gave you, and you know what you heard me say and saw me do. So follow my example. And God, who gives peace, will be with you (CEV).

 

If we follow this advice we will only think about good or Godly things and we will never get ourselves in trouble by doing the wrong things.

 

When Christ returns to Earth as the Bridegroom or future husband (Rev. 19:7-10) he will take his bride, the Church (Rev. 19:7-10), to be his wife. There are a lot of Scriptures that talk of the wife/Church needing to be perfect and free of spot or wrinkle (Eph. 5:27). This is because to be spirit and see God we need to be perfect. God needs to know we will always choose to live by His Law and obey Him. The marriage supper of the Lamb is referred to as the First Resurrection (Rev. 19:7-10). See also Godís Holy Days (No. CB22).

 

The people who are the First Resurrection will then be spirit beings. They will continue to help and guide all the human beings who are alive and teach them to obey Godís Laws so they can live happy lives. All of Godís creation are like one big family with each part helping the other part; the loyal Host helping human beings, the Dads helping provide for their families and teaching them about God; the Moms helping the Dads and raising the children; children helping the littler ones in their families or being good examples of how to keep Godís Law at school or with their playmates.

 

In closing letís read what 1Corinthians 13:4-8 says about love:

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude.  Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.  It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails! (CEV)

 

Let us all try to show this type of love to all we talk to, play with, go to school with and live with.

 

Children are a blessing from God (Ps.127:3-5; 128:3; Prov. 17:6) and so our families are responsible for teaching us Godís ways (Deut. 4:9,10).The children are holy or set apart by one baptized parent (1Cor. 7:14).

 

Activity:

Have each child make a family of ďdollsĒ that represents his/her own family. These mini dolls can be made out of the old-fashioned type of pins (pegs) used to hang clothes on the line, fabric scraps, yarn, and markers. As they are working on the members of their family ask the children to think about the qualities of that particular person and why they are grateful to have him/her in their family. When finished ask the children to state what they like most about their families.

 

Close with prayer.

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