耶西树将临期儿童圣经故事 | 12月8日

十二月8日
摩西与十诫

摩西是上帝为他的百姓以色列人所拣选的领袖。摩西曾把以色列人从埃及的奴役中解救出来,摩西还亲自领受了上帝的十条诫命。事情是这样发生的:

以色列人都是亚伯拉罕、以撒和雅各的子孙。他们曾经为了逃避饥荒而去到埃及生活,后来他们就一直待在那里——一直待了400多年! 当时,他们已经是一个大约有70人的大家庭了,但是上帝祝福他们,使他们成为了一个很大的家族——总共大约有200万人呢!
他们曾经在埃及过得很快乐。不幸的是,后来有一个新的统治者掌权,他让以色列人成为了奴隶。以色列百姓得在烈日下干活、烧砖、盖房子。他们的生活实在太艰苦了! 他们就呼求上帝的帮助,于是上帝差遣摩西来帮助他们!在摩西的带领下,以色列人脱离了埃及人,就开始向上帝应许给他们的老家走去。

他们大约走了三个月,就停在西奈山前安营。现在是上帝赐给他们律法的时候了。上帝告诉他们,所有人都要洗澡,洗衣服,然后聚集在山的周围——但不要碰那山! 他们都照做了,山就开始摇晃起来! 他们听到隆隆的雷声,看见闪电划过天空,还听到一阵吹角声! 然后,他们看见一片浓密的云从山上下来了。他们都很害怕!

随后,上帝从山上亲自对他们说话,告诉了他们十条诫命,包括“单单只敬拜上帝”、“顺服你的父母”、“不说谎,不偷盗”……过了一会儿,摩西上山去和上帝说话,上帝就用自己的指头把这些诫命都写在了两块石版上。

上帝也告诉给了摩西许多其他律法,比如怎样住在一起而不伤害彼此,怎样敬拜,怎样与不信的人保持距离等等。我们经常认为律法是不好的,是为了不让我们做自己想做的事。但是上帝恩赐的律法使以色列人与众不同!它保障了他们的安全。上帝这样做是为了让他们在一起,并且能永远记住关于那位救主的应许!

但是,在上帝还没颁布任何一条律法之前,在上帝告诉他们应该做什么之前,上帝先告诉以色列人祂自己为他们做的事! 祂说:“我是耶和华你们的上帝,是爱你们的神,是遵守自己应许的神,是将你们从埃及地为奴之家领出来的神。你们若遵行我的律法,你们将成为我所拣选的子民,一个圣洁的国度!”

上帝为什么将祂的律法赐给了以色列人,使他们成为他的选民呢?
上帝爱他们,希望他们成为耶稣所诞生的家族。

当我把这两块石板挂上耶西树,
我会收到这个将临期的应许:

上帝使以色列人成为了祂特殊的选民,
他们将会成为耶稣的家人。

DECEMBER 8
Moses and the Ten Commandments


Moses was the leader God chose for his people, the Israelites. Moses delivered the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, and Moses received the Ten Commandments from God himself. Here’s how it happened:

The Israelites were all the great-great-grandchildren of Abraham,
Isaac, and Jacob. They had gone to live in Egypt so they wouldn’t starve, and then they stayed there—for more than 400 years! They were already a big family—about 70 people— but God blessed them and made them a huge family—about two million people!

They were happy in Egypt until a new ruler came to power and decided to make them his slaves. They worked outside in the hot sun, making bricks and building buildings. Their lives were so hard! They cried out to God to help them, so he sent Moses to deliver them! With Moses as their leader, they escaped from the Egyptians and started walking toward the Promised Land.

After they’d walked for three months, the Israelites camped in front of Mount Sinai. It was time for God to give them his law. God told them all to take a bath and wash their clothes, and then to gather around the mountain—but not to touch it! As they did, the mountain started shaking! They heard roaring thunder. They saw lightning flash across the sky. They heard the blast of trumpets! And they saw a thick dark cloud come down over the mountain. They were so scared!

Then God himself spoke to them from the mountain! He told them the Ten Commandments, including “worship only me” and “obey your parents” and “don’t lie or steal.” A little later, Moses went up on the mountain to talk to God, and God wrote those commandments with his own finger on two tablets of stone.

God gave Moses many other laws for the Israelites too—rules about how to live together without hurting each other, how to worship, and how to stay separated from unbelievers. We often think of laws as bad things, rules that don’t let us do what we want. But God’s gift of the law made the Israelites special! It kept them safe. God did it so they would stay together and would always remember the promise of the Savior he had given them!

Before God gave any of these laws, though—before he told them what to do—he told them what he had done for them! He said, “I am the Lord your God, the God who loves you, the God who keeps his promises, the God who brought you out of slavery in Egypt. If you obey my law, then you are going to be my chosen people, a holy nation!”

Why did God give Israel his laws and make them his chosen people?
God loved them and wanted them to be the family in which Jesus was born.

As I hang the STONE TABLETS on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:

God made Israel his special chosen people,
the people that would be the family of Jesus.

MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE 出版
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