Looking at the basis for our covenant with G-d, I noticed G-d said to Avraham (Bereshit 17:1): “Walk before Me”, which is sometimes understood to mean: “Serve Me”. And also (Bereshit 17:9): “You shall keep My covenant”.
Afterwards G-d Himself says regards this in Bereshit 26:5 that Avraham obeyed the Voice of the Almighty and indeed kept it.
I noticed some similarities looking at the story of Mount Sinai. First G-d says (Shemot 19:5): “If you will obey My voice” and “keep My covenant”.
The people response was: “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient (i.e. we will obey and keep).”
Secondly I noticed G-d saying (Bereshit 17:7): “I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to thy G-d and to thy seed after thee.”
While in Shemot 6:7 G-d promises that He will take them as His own people and that He will be their G-d.
Many more similarities can be found.
These covenants seems to be based on two principals. From G-ds side He makes certain promises, from the human side commitment and obedience is being asked. It all starts with acknowledging G-d, and accepting Him as G-d, but once we do this, it seems one needs to show obedience (we make ourselves avadim, to be His servants, and He promises to be our G-d).
With obedience to seem to be such a big part of our covenant/relationship with G-d, why isn’t it the first commandment to be found after getring to know G-d?
Isn’t serving G-d the biggest Mitzvah of them all? One that covers all other commandmens, one that enconpasses the entire range of what’s being asked of us? Ofcourse obedience and service is asked and commanded many times, but are there any commentaries which teach that serving G-d is the basis/main item for our entire covenantial relationship?