Looking backward, forward, and outward.

"The lives of the people of Israel look backward to creation; they embody God's original creational design for the whole of human life. Their lives look forward to the consummation; they are a sign of the goal to which God is taking redemptive history: the restoration of all human life to its original blessing in the context of a restored creation. Their lives are to face outward to the nations; they are to be a contrast community, leading lives that differ from those of the peoples around them."

Goheen, A Light to the Nations, 193.