My church has started doing a new series titled "a covenanted people." The past several sermons have been about how God forms bonds with people in order to reveal his will.
Last year at SKS, I bought the book Old Testament Survey: the message, form, and background of the Old Testament by William Lassor, David Hubbard, and Fredric Bush.
While the book is packed with analysis and information, it is one of the least engaging books that I have ever attempted to read. Still, through the monotony, some things manage to catch my eye. On page 49, there is a passage that speaks closely to what my church is studying:
Abraham's righteousness resided in his faith in God's gracious promise. If righteousness is conceived, as in modern western society, as conformity to an abstract moral code, this equation is indeed hard to understand. However, righteousness in the Bible is not a norm-prescribing ethics, but faithfulness to a relationship. The righteous person is loyal to the claims of all personal relationships. Therefore, a person's righteousness in relation to God is fulfilled when that relationship is characterized by faith (see Rom. 1:16f.; 3; Gal. 3:6-9).