In this 4th Grade lesson, we study the 1st Commandment. Weakened by sin, God gave His chosen people the Ten Commandments to help guide them back to a good relationship with God. The First Commandment reminds us that nothing is more important than God.
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Moses before the Burning Bush, Domenico Feti (1613-14)
Original Sin is disobedience to God. Adam and Eve did not listen to God’s one rule. They broke the bond between God and man. Jesus repaired this bond because He was God and man. God didn’t send His Son into the world right after Adam and Eve because people needed to learn many things before they could learn from Jesus. Because of sin, learning these things was very hard.
A few great men, like Abraham, Noah, and Jacob, obeyed God without a lot of difficulty. This is why God used these men to begin teaching His people. When the time was right, God chose a man named Moses to give His people very specific instructions.
Moses was a very holy man. He listened to God and did what God asked him to do. Moses saved God’s people from the King of Egypt. The King had God’s people as his slaves. The people begged God to save them, and He sent Moses.
Moses brought God’s people out of Egypt. When they were safe from the Egyptian King, the people didn’t know what they should do. They were tired, hungry, and confused. They asked Moses to talk to God for them. Moses went up to the top of Mount Horeb and spoke with God for 40 days. God’s people waited at the bottom of the mountain. When Moses came back down the mountain, he had God’s instructions for His people. These instructions were the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments teach us how to love God and love each other. Because of our weaker human nature, we learn better by learning what not to do first. You will notice that out of the Ten Commandments, eight of them teach us what not to do!
The first three Commandments teach us how to love God. The others teach us how to love each other. The order of the rules is important. God must be whom we think about and love first.
The first Commandment is: you shall have no other gods before me. This is another way of saying that God comes first in all things. Nothing in the world is more important than God! This is the first Commandment because it is the first rule that men broke. Putting something else before God is at the center of Original Sin.
Adam and Eve show us that it is very easy to put other things before God. These other things become “false gods.” They are what we put first in our life. Let’s make a list of some things that people do that is against the first Commandment:
1. Hiding your Catholic Faith from others.
2. Not paying attention at... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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