Pastor John Piper comments on Exodus 19-20, our Bible reading passage for today, where God makes a covenant with Israel and gives the 10 commandments. Piper asks, “what are the divine promises and human conditions of this covenant? What does God commit himself to do? And what does he require of his covenant partner?” Here is an except from the sermon, “God’s Covenant Through Moses”–
The foundation of the covenant is grace. Therefore, when Exodus 19:5 says that Israel must “obey God’s voice and keep God’s covenant,” it does not mean they must earn their blessings by working for God. It means they must keep themselves in an attitude to receive God’s grace and mercy and forgiveness.
And what attitude is that? One answer is given in Exodus 20:5–6 in the midst of the ten commandments: “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the…
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