A Refreshing Perspective

“To begin with, the OT nowhere maintains that relationship with God can be earned. Instead, the biblical statement concerning the establishment of the relationship between God and Israel can be described best under the theological heading of election. The OT consistently maintains that, in an act of unmerited and inexplicable grace, God chose and redeemed Israel well before and apart from the giving of the Law. In fact, the Hebrew word often translated “law” can be better rendered “teaching,” “instruction,” or even “principles.” That is, OT “Law” is not a set of restrictive rules, but the principles or guidance for living life as the people of God. In short, God “saved” Israel by grace, but the life God wishes for God’s people has a certain principled character. It manifests identity. Life as God’s people is neither anarchic nor formless. As Jesus put it, “By their fruits you shall know them” [Matt. 7.20]. In effect, the “Law” describes the character of the “fruits of grace.”

Biddle, Mark E. Deuteronomy, Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary. (Macon, GA; Smyth and Helwys, 2003). 11

ht: Joel Usina

One thought on “A Refreshing Perspective

  1. Well, I’m glad you all are going to seminary cause now I can get “cliff notes” seminary education! Cause I’d never have picked up a read a commentary on my own!

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