My Life With God The Fourth and Fifth Commandment
INTRODUCTION Joe has a curfew of 10 PM. He obeys, but pouts and complains. Joe's dad always speeds on the way to work and has several tickets and complains every chance he gets about the cops. Joe's little sister does everything she needs to for Sunday School, but she tells her mom how much she hates doing it. Joe is nice in public, but tells his little sister that he hates her and makes fun of her in private. Each obeys what is required of them, but they do it reluctantly. Are they breaking commandments or not?
THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth. What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not dishonor or anger our parents and others in authority, but honor, serve and obey them and give them love and respect.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD Who are the people whom God places in authority over us?
Ephesians 6:1- 2 1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—
God gives parents or legal guardians authority over me. Who are your parents? They are the ones that take care of you, feed you, and clothe you. Often they are the ones who gave birth to you. Even if you live with a brother or sister, grandparents or foster parents - those in charge of you are your "parents".
Hebrews 13:7,17 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
God gives people in church authority over me. People hold many different offices in the church. Some of them are pastors, ay school or Sunday School teachers, elders, circuit pastors, etc. While humans serve in these positions, they are put there by God.
1 Peter 2:13-14 13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
God gives people in government authority over me. There are many levels of government: local, national, police, army, fire fighters - even public schools and those teachers. No matter who the government requires me to obey, God has placed that authority over me.
God places people in authority over me in the home, my church, and my government.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or disagree and why? Parents that don't let their kids date until they are at least 15 are too old fashioned. Agree or disagree and why? George said, "I think it's stupid that the government says I have to wear a seat belt in my car, so I'm not going to do it."
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How does God bless us through those he places over us?
2 Timothy 4:16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them.
God places people in authority over me in the church to teach me his saving word. (care of my soul). There are many ways that the people at church care for your soul. Give an extensive list of how your church serves Christians from cradle to grave. Imagine that you were in a country like China or Iran. There would be no church and no people to feed you with God's Word. You would be all alone without any help or guidance.
<ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 13:3 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. </li></ul></ul></ul>
God places people over me in the government to keep law and order. (care of my body). There are countless ways that the government cares for your body: (be creative in your list) - imagine if there were no police, no fire department, no judges, no public schools. God cares for our bodies through the government.
<ul><ul><ul><li>1 Timothy 5:8 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. </li></ul></ul></ul>
God places people over my body and soul. At this point in your life, you owe virtually everything to those who God has chosen to be placed over you in your home. Just think about all that they provide for your body. (list) Most important of all, they also tell you about your savior Jesus and provide ways for you to grow in that knowledge. Imagine you didn't have a home for a moment - no food, no shelter - appreciate your blessings.
God places these people over me to provide many wonderful blessings both for my body and my soul.
God wants us to obey all of His commands. If our parents or someone else in authority tells us to break a commandment, how would God have us respond? Acts 5:29 - We must obey God rather than men! How does this passage help you in your decision?
THE FIFTH COMMANDMENT You shall not murder. What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and befriend to them in every bodily need.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD Why is life so precious and who alone has the right to end life?
<ul><ul><ul><li>Genesis 2:7 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. </li></ul></ul></ul>
Life is a precious gift of God. If the president of the US was to give you a Rolex, you would be proud of it, treat it with care so that it is not stolen or broken. You do it because it is expensive and because of the important person who gave it - so too with life.
<ul><ul><ul><li>Genesis 9:5-6 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. 6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. </li></ul></ul></ul>
If anyone takes a life he has to answer to God. If I give a bike to my five year old daughter, you don't have the right to come and take it. I have the right to take it back, but you have no claim on my daughter’s bike. God says, "Keep your hands off of your neighbors life - if you do take it you will have to answer to me the giver of life."
<ul><ul><ul><li>Romans 13:4 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. </li></ul></ul></ul>
God gives the government the right to take life. It’s a sin for me to take a gun and shoot another human being. But if I am a police officer and am protecting myself and others from a person that is threatening life, then the government has a right to end that life. Execution falls under the same category.
<ul><li>Life is so important because it is a precious gift of God and no one else has a right to take it but the government that God appointed. </li></ul>
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARY Suicide - self murder - taking your own life against God's will. Murder - taking someone's life whether intentionally or by neglect - cutting someone's "time of grace" short Capital Punishment - the "death penalty" - the governments right as God's instrument to punish those who have committed crimes worthy of death
STUDYING GOD'S WORD When do people sin against this commandment?
Genesis 4:2-15 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. 4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Genesis 4:2-15 6 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.” 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Genesis 4:2-15 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The LORD said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.
Genesis 4:2-15 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the LORD said to him, “Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.
By taking another person’s life. There are many ways that people carry out murder. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes by accident and sometimes they even hire others to kill for them. Sometimes people want to have a doctor kill an elderly parent or spouse or someone suffering. This is called "mercy killing", but it is still murder .
<ul><ul><ul><li>Matthew 27:5 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself. </li></ul></ul></ul>
By taking your own life (suicide). There is a doctor in Michigan known as doctor death. If a person has a medical disorder and would like to leave this world in a painless manner, the doctor will aid in a suicide. When we commit suicide, we tell God that our life is not precious and we are in control rather than God. We may leave this life easy enough, but there will be hell to pay in the next because we die by willfully sinning against God.
INTRODUCTION Movies, TV shows and music are rated for content. Why? What does PG -13 usually mean? What does R mean? What does XXX mean? Why do think things that are put out there for viewing or purchase need to be rated? If you told your parents you were going to an R rated movie or purchasing a "parental warning" CD, what do think they would say? Is that telling you something about our society and its obsessions with what sells!
THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT You shall not commit adultery . What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not that we lead a pure and decent life in words and actions, and that husband and wife love and honor each other.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How did marriage start and what does God want marriage to be?
Genesis 2:21-24 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” 24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Marriage started when God made Eve and gave her to Adam . A so-called "marriage expert" said that "Marriage developed from a desire of Neanderthal men wanting to have someone take care of their home for them as they went hunting." Therefore there is no need to stay married for life, rules change. The expert is no expert at all. She doesn't even know where marriage came from or God's intent in this union.
Matthew 19:5-6 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
God intended marriage to be the union of one man and one woman. If the Milton Bradley Company asked you to create a game, you would have the right to make the rules so that the game is played the way that it is supposed to be played. God created marriage, and he set the guidelines so people would be happy in marriage. He says only one man and one woman are to participate in a marriage. Any variation thereof is sinful.
God started marriage with Adam and Eve and he intended it to be the union of one man and one woman for life.
GOD’S WORD IN MY LIFE Agree or disagree and why? If two men or two women really love each other and will be faithful through life, we should accept it as a true marriage.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How do married people ruin God's gift of marriage?
Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
By treating each other badly instead of a loving companion. If you spent hours upon hours of completing a huge, elaborate painting, you would be excited about it and want to show it to someone you loved. How would you feel if instead of praising your work, that person pointed out all of your mistakes instead of looking at all the good. So too in a relationship - rejoice in good, don't point out bad.
Matthew 19:9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.”
Getting a divorce for reasons other than unfaithfulness or desertion. Some people argue that if you are unhappy in a marriage, it's better to get a divorce than to be unhappy. Some even say that if you find another person who is more to your liking to "go for it." This is totally ungodly and shows that you have no commitment or love for God who is pleased when we love our spouse as ourselves.
1 Corinthians7:15 15 But if the unbeliever leaves, let him do so. A believing man or woman is not bound in such circumstances; God has called us to live in peace.
Married people break this commandment when they are harsh with each other, commit adultery or desert their spouse.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD How can someone who is unmarried break this commandment?
Ephesians 5:3-4 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
We should not even give the impression of sexual immorality . A man and a woman are getting ready to get married and decide to live together. They say that they are not sleeping together. Is this a God pleasing situation? Why or why not?
Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
God wants our thoughts to be pure. A man reasons that looking at pornography on the internet isn't bad because he isn't hurting anybody. A woman reads magazines that show men in underwear and tells all about 10 ways to make the guys go wild about you and notice. God wants our thoughts to be pure.
2 Timothy 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.
God wants us to avoid people and places and everything else that tempts us to sin against this commandment. In order to make a jug of water red, all you need is one drop of red food coloring. In order to make a person's whole being pure. Don't look at sexually explicit materials. Don't listen to coarse jokes and music. Don't sexually defile your body in any way.
We break this commandment when we give into sexual thoughts, actions and associate ourselves with bad company .
CHRISTIAN VOCABULARY Adultery - sexual relations with someone other than the person to whom one is married; impure words or thoughts. Sensuality - allowing oneself to have sinful bodily pleasure. Divorce - to end a marriage officially in a court of law. Sexual Immorality - acting contrary to God's moral law; a sexual sin with our body
1 Corinthians 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise.
What is this age? Concerning sex and sexuality, do the standards of "this age" often match God's requirements noted above? How are they alike or different: 1. In the movies and on television or the internet? 2. In school?
<ul><ul><ul><li>3. How are these ideas deceitful? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. What is God's idea of "safe sex"? </li></ul></ul></ul>
<ul><ul><ul><li>GOD'S WORD IN MY LIFE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate: Melissa said, "I'll dress the way that I want to. If guys gawk and lust after me, it's their own fault." </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Agree or disagree and why ? God doesn't want us to talk about or think about sex. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evaluate: Jeannie said, "The best gift I can give my husband on my wedding night is my virginity." </li></ul></ul></ul>
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