Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” (Exodus 24:7)
Passing down key points of life verbally can be engaging and memorable. There is something however about writing it down.
All the rules and the nature of the conversation God had with His servant Moses were carefully noted down. Not just written, but then read in the company of the people.
Whenever an agreement is going to be made it’s important to understand the nature of the agreement. The people heard clearly what the Lord wanted from the people He delivered. In so doing they are not just hearing demands of an overlord, they are hearing the heart of a Deliverer who is also concerned to establish true peace among His people. To hear such a heart in the light of such deliverance and such provision gives the people a strong basis on which they can make their agreement.
What’s important to remember, though, is that for all that would take place in the ruptures in the relationship, the basis of the agreement was a fair one. There was their experience, there was their encounter and there was their written agreement.
Saying those words would have heavy repercussions in the future. For now, it was worth celebrating the fact that the God who delivers is concerned for the peace of His people for which He seeks our agreement.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden