“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
With two, not three, swings of his staff at the rock, Moses struck out of the Promised Land! But we have a Mediator better and more complete than Moses. Moses could not give the people Living Water. Only God could. And Moses could not accompany Godâ€™s people into the Promised Land. Only Christ could, by his provision of the Living Water of eternal life.
Numbers 11 and John 6 show us that Jesus as our Mediator is better than Moses the mediator between God and Israel. Unlike Moses, even in his darkest hour, Christ did not grumble against God about the rebellious people he was saving. Instead, he prayed for their salvation and for God to be with them.
When we are fully obedient to Godâ€™s word in our pilgrimage, and when we invite others to join us, God promised to bring us together to our Promised Land, a place that will be for us a “resting place” (Numbers 10:11-36).
From several examples from Scriptures, we see that corporate worship is a covenant renewal ceremony, a liturgical dialogue between God and man. How is it a liturgical dialogue?
What is Reformed worship? It’s none other than worship recovered by the 16th century Reformers such as Luther, Calvin and Bucer, after they realized that the medieval church had strayed far from Biblical worship.