Now, the Law is good, and God gives it to His people, but God’s primary purpose in bringing Israel to the mountain is not to give her the Law; it’s to give her Himself. We tend to think of the Ten Commandments as legalistic rules and regulations to keep a distant, uptight God happy. But Israel understood them as wedding vows, commitments of fidelity and devotion, aimed at the flourishing of their life together.
And they’re pretty simple vows:
Don’t cheat on me with other gods.
Remember to rest so we can celebrate life together.
Don’t lie, cheat, murder, or steal.
Let’s live together forever!
— Joshua Ryan Butler, The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home, 35.