Finally, the law of Moses was for Israel, not for America or any other nation. Advocates of illegal immigrants make an erroneous application of Old Testament civil laws to the current Western situation. God’s people is the church, not Israel or America.
“Whenever Yahweh appears in storm theophany in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word kol is properly and logically translated ‘thunder,’ ‘thunderous voice,’ or the like.” ~ Jeffrey Niehaus, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Why is this “excursus” inserted in the story of the appointment of Moses as the leader of God’s covenant people? Is there anything to learn from this incident?
A husband promises to love and to cherish his wife, but would he keep this promise if his wife was unfaithful? Not so with Christ, who, like Hosea, kept his promise, even to an adulterous Bride: he “loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
It is God who calls us to assembly; we do not assemble together of our own desire. God does not need our worship because he does not need anything in himself. On the contrary, he commands us his covenant people to worship him.
God instructed Moses to go to a mountain where he will show him the extent and the beauty of the Promised Land he is giving to Israel before he died. But beyond this disappointment, God also assured Moses that Israel, after he died, will be ably led by Joshua, a Spirit-filled man, in their conquest of the Promised Land.
How shall we escape from these curses and receive God’s blessings when we can never perfectly obey God’s law? We are to march from the Ebal, the Mount of Cursing to Gerizim, the Mount of Blessing, through the perfect obedience of another Man.
Dr. Michael Horton, in the latest White Horse Inn broadcast (“Christianity Confronts Islam”) on November 29, 2009, interviewed Muslim scholar and former professor of Shari’ah law Sam Solomon, who had to flee his own country after his conversion to Christianity.