One of the more interesting studies in the Bible is to look at the context that surrounds commands. If you observe closely, there is a pretty clear pattern that emerges.
The pattern that emerges is that most commands are rooted in a promise or action taken by God. The reason that this pattern is important is for the sake of obedience to these commands. Many times, we look at the commands as this long list of to-do’s. We often have the pattern backwards. If we obey the commands, then we receive the blessing of God’s promises, or God’s love, or God’s acceptance. When, in reality, our obedience flows from God’s love, acceptance, and promises in Christ. Continue reading