Questions About the Last Six Commandments:
- Q: What is the fifth commandment?
- A: “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.”
- Q: What does the fifth commandment teach us?
- A: To love and obey our parents.
A parent’s favorite commandment! This commandment forms a kind of bridge between the first four commandments (which are about our relationship with God) and the last five (which are about our relationship with our neighbor). Because God is the Father of all those who believe in him, obeying parents is like practicing and learning to obey God. That’s why this command comes with the promise of long life.
- Q: What is the sixth commandment?
- A: “You shall not murder.”
- Q: What does the sixth commandment teach us?
- A: To avoid hating others, all that leads to it, and all that comes from it.
- Q: What is the seventh commandment?
- A: “You shall not commit adultery.”
- Q: What does the seventh commandment teach us?
- A: To be pure in heart, language and conduct.
- Q: What is the eighth commandment?
- A: “You shall not steal.”
- Q: What does the eight commandment teach us?
- A: To be honest and not to take things that belong to others.
- Q: What is the ninth commandment?
- A: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
- Q: What does the ninth commandment teach us?
- A: To tell the truth and not speak evil about others.
- Q: What is the tenth commandment?
- A: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
- Q: What does the tenth commandment teach us?
- A: To be content with what we have and not want what belongs to others.
All of us are covetous, but with kids this particular sin can be really obvious and easy to talk about. When siblings fight over toys, the cause is coveting. When kids beg and pout for things they see in commercials or on store shelves, the cause is coveting. We can teach our children that wanting what is not ours leads to other sins. We steal things because we want what is not ours (8th commandment). We hurt others because they have things that we want (6th commandment). Parents need to help children understand this commandment and fight against it. It is the root cause of most of the sins we commit against other people.
- Q: Can anyone keep all of these Ten Commandments?
- A: No one except Jesus every has or can keep the Ten Commandments perfectly.
- Q: How do the Ten Commandments help us?
- A: They teach us our duty and show us that we are guilty and need a Savior.
The Ten Commandments aren’t supposed to be an endless burden. They burden us only until we realize that we are sinners in need of Savior and trust in Jesus. Every time your child breaks one of the commands, you can review the appropriate questions with them. Then you can remind them that only Jesus can perfectly obey the commands and that we all need forgiveness. Lead your children in prayers to God for forgiveness when they get in trouble. This will help them to understand that sin is ultimately about how we respond to God and his Word.