Moses, an author who wrote about God’s work in the lives of the people of Israel, repeated these words of God in the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 5, verse 6: “I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.”
After those words of God, Moses quotes the rest of what God says regarding how he required Israel to act. God required obedience and commitment.
But, before God gets to commitment, He starts with a pronouncement.
God begins by saying WHO he is: “I am…”
Then, God says WHAT he does: “…who rescued you…”
First, God proves his identity to us, then He proves his commitment to and love for us.
This is what we call “GRACE”.
Before God requires obedience, he offers grace.
How have you been viewing God lately? Have you imagined him as an angry father requiring action on your part without ever showing you any commitment or love?
If that is your view of God, then you might believe in a different one than the one I follow.
My God offers grace first, then equips us through his grace to live a life of obedience.