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Some people think that the ten commandments are just a list of religious rules we have to follow, but that’s not why God gave them to us.
God wanted to give the people some rules so they would know the right way to live. So, God called Moses to the top of Mt. Sinai and gave him the 10 Commandments.The first 4 commandments were about how they should relate to God. God should always be first, they should never worship any other thing, they should never use God’s name in anger and they should honor the day of rest. The other 6 rules were about how they should treat other people. They shouldn’t lie, steal, be jealous of what others have or hurt others. God didn’t give Moses these rules because he wanted to be strict and mean. He gave him the rules to help them. Jesus referred to these commandments many years later when he talked to a bunch of religious leaders who thought they were smarter than Jesus. Jesus pointed out that God’s commandments weren’t just a list of rules to be memorized. They were about learning how to love God and others. And guess what? These commandments are true and helpful for us today, too.