Exodus 19:8 "And all the people answered together, and said, "all that the Lord hath spoken we will do"
The worst trade that ever took place in sports history was when the Boston Red Sox traded future baseball icon Babe Ruth for $100,000 and a loan of $300,000 to finance the musical No, No Nannette. Red Sox owner, Harry Frazee, dealt Ruth to the arch rival New York Yankees and watched them dominate the World Series for the next 20 years while his team won absolutely nothing. Again, the worst trade in sports history!
The covenant God made with Abraham and his seed was based totally on grace. Every blessing that Abraham and his descendents received was unearned. Every promise undeserved. This is clearly seen in the exodus of Israel. On their flight from Egypt they complained and murmured, and still God did not treat them as their sins deserved. Instead He gave them grace.
At Sinai, everythingchanged. The Israelites traded the grace and goodness of God for the law. They actually chose a covenant whereGod's blessings now hinged on their faithfulness.
THIS is undeniably THE worst trade in history, of all time! Before the law, the Israelites sinned and received God's grace. On the day they received the law the Israelites sinned again, but this time 3,000 people died. Like I said, the worst trade in history. They exchanged God's grace and mercy for a performance based covenant, the law..
But thanks be to God for the blood of Jesus, which paid the penalty for our sin once and for all, and redeemed us from the curse of the law. Romans 10:4 says, "Christ is the END of the law for righteousness to them that believe". Hallelujah! The trade has been reversed and it's time to win, win, win, again!