Teaching Games: The Law: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. “The Law” is part 4 of a series on Exodus.

The Big Idea: Being obedient, living the way he requires

Passages you could look at: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17-20, John 14:15

Game Without Rules

exodusrSYou will need: A soft ball, two goals set up

Aim: To Show that rules can be for our good.

Tell the group that the aim of the game is to score as many goals as you can. Shout ‘Go!’ It won’t be long before the players are demanding rules, instructions or are claiming that someone is cheating. Say it’s impossible to cheat – there are no rules. You have no instructions – just play.

After they have had a go, and before open warfare breaks out, stop the game and ask what went wrong.

With no rules to play by, there is no game. The smaller, weaker players miss out and it’s boring for all but the few who can get the ball. It can also be dangerous.

Ask for some suggestions of rules and play again, following the rules suggested.

After the game, say something like:

The Israelites were called to be God’s people. But in order to be God’s people they needed guidelines on how they were to live. While they are in the desert, God gives them ‘The Law’ (10 commandments and more) which showed them the way he wanted them to live. They were called to be obedient to the commands he had given.

We also need guidelines to show us how to live as God’s people today, and God has given us those in his word. We’re going to talk about that a bit more in our small groups now.

Small group questions

  • Why did God give the Israelites the Law?
  • Does the law still apply to us today?
  • What difference does Jesus make?
  • Do you think obedience is important to God?
  • Do you find it easy or hard to obey God?
  • How do we know what God requires of us?
  • Do you think there are consequences for being disobedient to God?

For more in the Exodus series see also: Trapped, The Cloud & the Pillar of Fire and Manna & Water