The book of Deuteronomy is basically a review of all the things the children of Israel have done in Moses’ lifetime. The book reviews the laws (or rules) that God has given to them and ends with Moses blessing the people and dying. But why does the Bible spend a whole book going back over what has just happened and all the laws? Because remembering what God has done for us in the past encourages us for the future, remembering our mistakes helps us learn from them and remembering the rules helps us know what we should and should not do.
Throughout Deuteronomy many very specific laws are reviewed but in a couple of places the Bible spells out what is the base of all the laws. Deuteronomy 6:5 says:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
The most important rule is to remember to love God. When we love God, we want to do what is right. Deuteronomy and other books help us figure out specific hard situations, but the most important rule is to love God and then that love should be showed to others. Deuteronomy 6:7 say:
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
This reminds specifically parents, but also all of us, to share God’s word with others. God gave us rules, not to punish us but to help us know what good behavior looks like. If no one ever told us something was wrong, we wouldn’t know any better. God (and parents) provides rules to help keep us safe from harm. While many people think rules are there to ruin the fun, they are really to help us!
Have everyone think of a house rule and then explain how that rules helps us in the long run (you may have to help with the explanations!).