About the Book of Deuteronomy
The writer of this book is a man called Moses. God chose him to lead the Israelites out of the country called Egypt. Moses knew God and he loved God's Law. God talked to him like a friend. In this book, Moses explains to the Israelites what God has done to help them. God brought them out of Egypt. He was their guide through the desert for 40 years. God gave his Law to them at Mount Sinai. Now he will soon lead them into the land that he promised to give to their ancestors.
The Israelites have now arrived near the Jordan river. They will go across the river into Canaan, the land that God promised to give to them. But Moses will not go with them. God has told him that he will die before the Israelites go across the river. So Moses wants them to remember that they belong to God as his people, and God loves them. He tells them again about all the commands and rules that God wants them to obey. If they obey him, they will be happy. But if they do not obey God, much trouble will happen to them.
Deuteronomy 1-4: The journey through the desert.
Deuteronomy 5-26: Moses repeats the Law of God.
Deuteronomy 27-30: Rules for life in Canaan.
Deuteronomy 31-34: Moses says ‘goodbye’.