Don’t Fence Me In

Episode Theme

Community-Building: Follow the Rules

Memory Verse

Deuteronomy 6:18

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight so that it may go well with you.

If someone asked you "What good are rules anyway?" what would you say? What good are rules? Why do we need rules? What happens when rules are broken? Have you ever heard about the most famous rule-breakers of all history?

Their names were Adam and Eve. They were the very first man and woman. They lived in a perfect garden. Everything was beautiful. When they were hungry, they chose perfectly ripe fruit from trees and ate. No cooking. No dishes. No yucky chores. Lots of fun. Lots of perfect weather. Lots of happiness.

But along came a wicked serpent who decided it was too perfect in this garden. This crafty serpent got Adam and Eve to wondering about the one rule that God gave to them: do not eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. Why shouldn't they eat from this tree? Why should they have to follow this rule?

So, they decided to break the one rule God gave them. Eve ate from the tree. Then Adam ate from the tree. When God came to the garden, they ran and hid. When God asked them what they had done, they tried to blame each other. What happened next? Sin and death and pain entered the world. Adam and Eve had to leave the beautiful garden forever. Adam had to work very hard to provide for his family. Animals and people began to hurt each other and to kill each other.

This is world you were born into. A world full of pain. Why are rules so important? When we don't follow rules, we hurt ourselves. Or we hurt someone else. Or we break something that we loved. Or we break something that someone else loved.

What is the most important rule to follow? Jesus said it was to love God most of all and to love the people around us. It's called the Greatest Commandment, and it's the best rule of all.

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