I remember the first time I saw this idea presented. I thought it was silly, juvenile, and I felt really, really silly even participating in it.
But here’s the thing.
The presentation I saw took place over 20 years ago and showed us how to memorized the 10 Commandments in order using word associations.
And after 20 years, I still use that method and know them all in order by heart.
While this may seem really silly to you, I promise you it works.
If you have trouble memorizing Scripture, particularly larger portions of Scripture, I encourage you to give this a try, because it works so well.
Here’s how I learned how I learned the 10 Commandments in order using word associations:
1 – Bun: “You shall have no other God’s before me”. Envision a hamburger bun with an idol in it.
2 – Shoe: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image.” Envision a shoe kicking a hammer and chisel while crushing a carved image.
3 – Key: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” Envision a key locking your mouth.
4 – Door: “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” This one made me laugh because SabBATH. Envision door in a bathtub. You wont forget this one.
5 – Hive: “Honor your father and your mother…” Envision little baby bees around a beehive.
6 – Sticks: “You shall not murder”. Envision two sticks in the shape of guns.
7 – Heaven: “You shall not commit adultery.” Envision a married couple entering heaven together.
8 – Gate: “You shall not steal.” Envision a jail cell if you break this commandment.
9 – Vine: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Envision a snake on a vine.
10 – Hen: “You shall not covet.” Envision a hen laying golden eggs.
This format is easy for other lists in the Bible: such as in the Proverbs, Gospels, Pauline Epistles, and more.
Do you find it hard to memorize? What have you found works for you to help you memorize God’s Word?
- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.