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There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you. (Deut. 12:7) The Lord has made a covenant with us and we are to hold our- selves accountable to it so that we may reap God's provisions. We are to put God’s commands “upon our hearts” and “walk in his ways,” constantly rejoicing and remembering the covenant God has made with us. God should be the center of our hearts, minds, and lives. Some of the most beautiful, simplistic verses in Deuteronomy describing this entanglement, this relationship of God and man are verses 26:17-18: "You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in his ways, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws, and that you will obey him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands." This covenant remains in the New Testament, as God gifts His people the Holy Spirit in keeping with his promises: He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. (2 Cor. 1:21-22) Christ is God’s fulfillment of His covenant and of His promise. The parallels seen between Deuteronomy and the New Testa- ment illustrate God’s unending faithfulness and everlasting love, incarnate in Jesus Christ. The relentless love and faithfulness of God and His covenant described in Deuteronomy form the groundwork for the coming of Christ. Deuteronomy changed my opinion of the Old Testament. It showed me that the rawness, truth, and conviction found in Paul’s letters in the New Testament originated in the Old, pro- viding the basis for the narrative that would unfold in the Gos- pel. I found a newfound love and praise for our God. He is beautiful in His dichotomous character—in His fierce love and anger. He is also faithful, keeping His holy covenant through the generations from the promised land to the blood of Christ. He is glorious, righteous, my provider, my conqueror. I know more now what it means to truly fear and love our God. All passages taken from the 1984 NIV. Mikaela Carrillo is a freshman intending to concentrate in Public Health. It is in the midst of the laws and regulations of the early Old Testament, and the constant stumbles of his people, that God's divine love and faithfulness shine through, culminating in the powerful, arrest- ing affirmations and truths of Deuteronomy. A beautiful covenant between God and His people is reflected in these lines as both declare their commitment to one another. It is in the midst of the laws and regulations of the early Old Testament, and the constant stumbles of his people, that God’s divine love and faithfulness shine through, culminating in the powerful, arresting affirmations and truths of Deuteronomy. This makes it all the more beautiful to see those promises, those affirmations, those truths reflected in the Gospel and God’s ul- timate sacrifice. He pursues His people to the point of giving His one and only son: the epitome of sacrificial love. In His covenant to His people and in His unconditional love, God lays down the life of His son, Jesus Christ, so that His people may be reconciled to Him and redeemed from the laws and procedures established in the Old Testament that could never be upheld. 9