It is a shame when we separate out the “God of the Old Testament” from the “God of the New Testament,” like they’re two differing beings, or two different acts of a show or something.
The call to follow hasn’t changed. What God calls out to Israel is, in essence, what Jesus calls out to any who follow him. It is a road of obedience. It is a call to die to self. It is about the King’s agenda, not our own.
Lord, help us follow!
12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good? (Deut. 10:12-13)