The Essence of the Covenant

From page 37 of Peter Craigie’s Deuteronomy commentary:

The essence of the covenant, it must be stressed, lies in the relationship between God and man, and though God is the first and freest mover in establishing that relationship, nevertheless a relationship requires a response from man. The operative principle within the relationship is that of love; God moved first toward his people in love and they must respond to him in love. The law of the covenant expresses the love of God and indicates the means by which a man must live to reflect love for God.

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