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Who are so foolish and wicked as to make images of wood and stone, and call them gods, and pray to them? The heathen, who have no bibles to tell them about the true God.
Can these images hear and help them when they pray to them? They cannot; for they are dumb and lifeless idols.
Are the people unhappy who worship idols? They are; for they kill one another, and burn themselves to death, and drown their little children, thinking to please their idol gods.
I bless the Lord, I was not born,
What is the third commandment? Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
What is it to take the name of God in vain? It is to speak his name foolishly, in anger, or in play,
How should you speak God's name? With fear, and love, remembering that he is a great and holy God, and hears all that I say.
Do persons ever take God's name in vain when they pray?' They do, when they call upon the name of God without fear and love.
never bear to hear,
What is the fourth commandment? Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work. But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord' thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy man servant, nor thy maid servant, nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates; for in six days, the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in "them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
If God made the seventh day the sabbath, why do we keep the first day of the week? Because the Lord Jesus Christ finished his work of redeeming sinners and arose from the dead on the first day of the week.
How must we keep the sabbath day holy? By loving God, and praying to him, and praising him, and in watching our hearts, that we do not think, speak, or act wickedly, on that holy day.
Where should we go on the sabbath? We should go to the house of God, to worship him.
Has God commanded us to go to religious meetings to worship? He has; and Jesus said where only two or three are met together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Is God in his house, looking at every one of us who go there to worship him? He is. And he sees every one who goes there to be idle and play.
What should you do when you go to the house of God? I should remember it is God's house, and that he is there. I should fear and love him, and delight to hear his holy word, and pray to him, when the people pray, and praise him, when they sing.
Will keeping the sabbath day holy help to make us happy? It will. The sabbath is a delight to all who love God.
Lord, how delightful 't is to see,
I have been there, and love to go,
What is the fifth commandment? Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
How must you honor your parents? We must love and obey them, and do everything we can to make them happy.
What is it to obey your parents? It is when we love to run quickly, and do everything we know they wish us to do.
Does it help to make your parents and brothers and sisters happy, when you obey them? It does; and when we all obey our parents we are all happy, and our parents love us, and we love them.
What does it do when children at school obey their teacher? It makes a happy school.
What does it do when people obey their good rulers? It makes a happy people.
How would it be, if people did not obey their rulers? People would steal, and quarrel, and fight, and kill each other, so that we should live in fear.
How would it be in school, if children did not obey their teachers? We should be rude, and noisy, and hurt each other, and could not learn any good.
How would it be if children should not obey their parents? They would contradict, quarrel, and hurt each other, and make their parents so unhappy that they would get sick and die.
And what would become of such' wicked children? They would have no one to provide food, or clothes, or any one to teach them, or care for thein, and must wander about without any house or home to rest in.
You see, dear children, that obedience is a good thing: Do you not think that all children should be taught to obey? We do: if we would be happy we must be obedient.
Let children, who would fear the Lord,
Mind what their teachers say,
And with delight obey.
Have we not heard what dreadful woes
Are threatened by the Lord,
Or scorns his mother's word ?
But those who love the God of love
And mind their parents' word,
Then go and live with God.
What is the sixth commandment? Thou shalt not kill.
Now, little children would not think of killing any body, but do not people break this command sometimes when they do not kill any body?. They do; for the bible says, he that hateth his brother is a murderer. There are things which lead to murder. ; Can
you tell what unkindness and cruelty do? They sometimes kill.
What do furious passions, such as anger and revenge, lead to? They lead to murder.
What do quarrelling and fighting lead to? They leade to murder.
What is wishing others were dead? It is murder.
What should your conduct be towards others? Love, gratitude, kindness, and pity.
Is it wrong to be eruel to animals? It is wicked to hurt any creature wantonly.
Hard names at first, and threatening words,
Which seem but noisy breath,
To murder, and to death.
Thus Satan tempts one mother's son
To rage against another;
Till he had killed his brother
We 're all children of one Father,
The great God who reigns above,
Would we be like him, all love.
Which is the seventh commandment? Thou shalt not commit adultery:
How must you keep this command? We must never think or speak of anything that is filthy.
Will keeping this command help us to be happy? It
will; for when we become holy we shall be happy. We must be holy, to be the children of God.
I hate to hear a wanton song;
Such words offend my ears,
With filthy words like theirs. What is the eighth commandment? Thou shalt not steal.
What is it to steal? To steal is to take anything for our own which belongs to another.
Are there other things which are the same as stealing? There are.
What is it to borrow and not return? It is the same as stealing.
What is it to buy things for which you never intend to pay? It is the same as stealing.
To what other wickedness does stealing lead? It leads to lying.
What is it to use others' things without leave? It is the same as stealing.
I know I should not steal or use
The smallest thing I see;
If it belonged to me.
What is the ninth commandment? Thou shalt not bear falsé witness against thy neighbor.
What is it to bear false witness? It'is to tell a lie.
What must you do to keep this command? Always speak the truth.
What is truth? It is to tell a thing just as it is.
Must you tell the truth of yourself when you have done wrong? God says that I must; and if I am sorry and tell what I have done, He will forgive me and make me happy through Jesus Christ.
Will there ever be a lie told in heaven? No; for it could not be a happy place, if they told lies there. What does the bible say about liars not going to heaven?