Monday, September 8, 2014

Reflection for the Week–September 8

Covenant, which connotes YHWH’s love, liberation, and identification of a people to be in community with Him, is a central theological motif in both the OT and the New. Grace, law, and holiness find their place in this broader category of covenant. YHWH both establishes (unilateral) and cuts (bilateral) covenant, where each requires an action by the giver and yet a necessary response on the behalf of the receiver. In covenant there is a mandate for unity, a call to justice, and an appeal to love, to listen, and to do. YHWH’s people are to engage in and act upon covenant in order to stand out and be known as those who are marked by a vision for the redemption of the world.