Exodus ch.20, vs.18 to 26
“Devotion” means: ? where people give themselves to some cause - a devoted teacher, say (so, we speak of devotion for God - loving Him with heart and soul); ? when something has been set aside for a particular cause (so, we speak of devotion to God). The Lord brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt to be His people (19:4-6) and then taught the people devoted to Him how to show their devotion for Him! This is also how God deals with us, when we come to trust in Christ. We find that He chose us before we chose Him (John 15:16), and that the directions He gives are not for us to follow on our own. He provides all we need - in Jesus. This is grace. The directions here, which the Israelites undertook to follow (see Ex 24:3), are given in the context of a relationship with God through grace.