Moses receiving the law, by Marc Chagall; from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source.
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Covenant and Commandments
Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17 Commentary
by Cory Driver
It is easy, and perhaps tempting, for Christians to try to differentiate between rule-following and relationship in our Christian walk.
We would do well to remember that relationship is at the very heart of God’s gifts of covenant and commandments.
God brought Moses and the beloved community to Sinai to propose a dramatic intensification in their relationship. God used classic, covenantal language to solemnize their bond:
Moses brought God’s words to the people, and they exclaimed, “Everything that the LORD has spoken, we will do!” (Exodus 19:7-8). Prior to the giving of any commandments, God sought to establish an informed, consensual relationship with the Israelite community. The people ...
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Narrative Lectionary 328: Covenant and Commandments
October 07, 2018
Podcast on Exodus 19:3-7; 20:1-17, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Oct. 7, 2018 (Covenant and Commandments) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.