Why do we need to listen to the commandments? The commandments are part of a relationship, a give-and-take communication with God, initiated by God and continued by human responses. If we want to be in relationship with God, paying attention to God’s hopes and expectations for us is part of the bargain.
What were the groups and concerns of the people of Israel during the first century of the Roman occupation? What do we know about their thoughts, feelings, and hopes?