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Written by Miss Doreen Roth
Have you ever lain on your back in the grass and looked up, up, up into the great blue sky? Try it. If you look straight up, you can see the trees reaching their branches to the sky, and some birds flying above them. Beyond the birds is an airplane gliding silently overhead, and beyond the airplane are some long white clouds stretched across the sky like cotton balls. And beyond the clouds is É what? What is beyond the clouds? Sky, and more sky! Who could have created a world so great that the sky goes on forever and ever?

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It is God who created the world and everything in it. It is God who created us. And He has given us rules to teach us how to live life in His world. These rules are called the Ten Commandments, and we can find them written in GodÕs Word, the Bible. But before our Creator starts with His first commandment, He tells us something about Himself. He begins with these words: I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Who is He? He is the LORD, He is God, and He is the Saviour. The Israelites were slaves in Egypt, and God rescued them, bringing them to a wonderful new land, called Canaan. We are slaves to sin, and God is willing to save us too. What a great Creator and Saviour He is!

God begins in the first three commandments by telling us how we are supposed to worship Him.

I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

There is only one God in the whole universe, and that is who we must worship. Nothing can be more important to us than Him. We must love God more than our moms and dads, more than our best friends Ð more than anything else in our lives.

II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

God has created an incredible world for us to live in and learn about. There are people, however, who study the world, but believe that it came into being all by itself. And there are others who think the world itself is living, and they worship the sun, moon, rivers, and earth. When we are amazed by the things God has created, let us praise and worship Him as the Creator.

III. 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.

God has many names for Himself in the Bible. Can you think of some of them? When we use these names to talk about God, or when we talk to God by praying, we must do this reverently. This means we must think about what we are saying, and not just quickly mumble a prayer. The next time you bow your head to pray, think first of the great Creator, Ruler, and Saviour who you are praying to.

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Now roll over onto your stomach; there is much more to see in GodÕs great world! The green blades of grass criss-cross each other like a spiderÕs web, and crawling between them are all sorts of creatures. Five ants wind their way home through the maze, carrying pieces of food three times their size. Inside each body is a miniature system created for the ant to breathe air and digest food. You watch them scurrying tirelessly back and forth. Boing! Suddenly a grasshopper leaps in front of your nose, startling you. Wow! If you had the strength of his leg muscles, you could jump over your house! A butterfly lands silently on a purple clover, right at your fingertips. You are careful not to touch it, because you donÕt want to damage any of the tiny feathers you know are on its wings: feathers too small for you to even see! God has carefully planned every detail in the world around you, and He cares most about His last creation, people. Read what Jesus says in Matthew 6:26.

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