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Here are some easy to learn hand motions I have learned as I started my new teaching series on the Ten Commandments ("The Big Ten"). I believe it will help you and your church family remember the Ten Commandments from Exodus 20:


You shall have no other gods before Me.

(Hold up one finger like a big #1)


You shall not make any idols to bow down to and worship.

(Hold up your index finger on each hand and make your right index finger bow down to the index finger on your left).


You shall not take the name of the LORD in vain.

(Hold three fingers up to your lips, instead of the usual one finger, and say, “SHHH.”)


Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy.

(Hold up your index and middle fingers on each hand, joined together like a steeple. Then, rest your cheek on your right hand like you’re sleeping. This is to represent going to church and then using the Sabbath as a day of rest.)


Honor your father and mother.

(Raise your right hand to your temple in a military salute to show honor)


You shall not murder.

(Hold up six fingers, pointing one finger like a gun into the palm of the other five.)


You shall not commit adultery.

(Hold out your left hand palm up and have your index and your middle finger of your right hand walk on the palm, like a bride and groom walking down the aisle.) Then say, "A marriage is two people - a husband and a wife."


You shall not steal.

(Hold up both hands backward with the palms facing you and with your thumbs tucked in. Turn them around and show that, in some countries, you can lose your thumbs for stealing!)


You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

(Hold up one hand with four fingers and the other hand with all fingers and thumb. Then say, "Five is not four. That is not true!" Cover your mouth with one hand after the other. No lying! God always wants us to tell the truth!)


You shall not covet.

(Hold up ten fingers and pretend to “grab” in front on you as if saying, “Gimme! I want it!” )

I just shared these motions with our adult services at our church. The results are overwhelming as people have talked about the Ten Commandments all week long and many, for the first time in their Christian life, can remember all ten commandments in order!! Try it this weekend with your congregation!

- Dr. Larry Petton

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