December 9 - Moses
God had promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, years later Moses led around six hundred thousand men and their families out of Egypt on their long journey to the Promised Land. It was not an easy journey and by the time they reached Mount Sinai they were ready for a rest.
While the people waited at the foot of the mountain Moses went up to the top to meet with God. It was scary for the people waiting, but it must have been even more frightening for Moses, meeting God face to face.
At this meeting God gave Moses a set of basic rules for life, we call these the Torah, or the Ten Commandments. When, many centuries later Jesus was asked which was the most important.
He reminded people what was written in the Old Testament. His reply was ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ adding ‘the second is like it, love your neighbour as yourself.’
It seemed simple, all that anyone had to do was to keep all of those rules, but as you probably know it is not the easy.
Wonder together about what commandments you could leave out or add.
Jesus summarised God’s guidelines by saying that we should:
- love God
- love others
- and love ourselves.
See if you can work out which of the ten commandments fall into each of those three summaries