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Outline your knowledge and understanding of Gods covenant with Moses. (30 marks)

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Outline your knowledge and understanding of Gods covenant with Moses. (30 marks) "Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all my nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" A covenant was a legal agreement that set out the terms of a relationship between 2 or more parties. The covenant was the basis of Israel's relationship with god, the covenant was god's initiative and the people of Israel were to accept the terms of the covenant and try to be obedient to them. The covenant allowed the people to have an intimate relationship with god and it set them apart from others to be a holy nation. ...read more.

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to the unbreakable union with Yahweh "The escaping slaves recognised their dept to Yahweh and his servant Moses and pledged themselves to worship him." (Drane) Therefore the people owe god worship, fidelity and obedience, and god promises to assist them and deliver them, however if they are unfaithful then god will remove his favour. Moses was a strong caring leader and when the people of Israel failed to obey god during the exodus, he pleaded with god on there behalf, Moses had a very personal relationship with god and he was a role model for all the later prophets. He guided them through the journey out of slavery and did as god asked." This is the land I promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... I have let you see it with your own eyes but you will not cross over into it... ...read more.

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Moses again plays another important role in the history of Israel as he is the one who is chosen to go to the top of the mountain to meet Yahweh alone. He receives the 10 commandments and explains them to the people of Israel, He then puts them into writing and prepares a ceremony where the people of Israel agree to the rules of the covenant "and taking the book of the covenant he read it to the listening people and they said " we will observe all that Yahweh has decreed; We will obey" The laws of the covenant had many important features and were moreso based on moral requirements than worship (although this was an important factor) the central theme of the laws created were that Honesty, truth and justice were as important (if not moreso) than Religious worship. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Mc Cartney 13l RE Mrs Hampsey ...read more.

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