7. a. The restatement of and additions to the daily, weekly (Sabbath), monthly, Passover, etc. offerings had several purposes—
- Things that are important are often repeated as reminders and for emphasis.
- This new generation may not have heard all the details taught recently or ever.
- Perhaps some or many of the sacrifices were neglected due to travel, battles, or other difficulties.
- It was important to keep relationship and peace with God while at war with their enemies.
- They were about to settle in the land where the ordinances could be observed regularly.
- They were entering a land where idolatry and wickedness were pervasive. It was important they remembered and retained the correct way to worship their God and not incorporate pagan practices.
b. These sacrificial observances, festivals, and assemblies—
- Set them apart as God’s chosen people.
- Made atonement for their sin.
- Reminded them individually and corporately to be thankful for God’s deliverance and provision.
Application for new covenant worship—
- Jesus Christ was the end of the law. Romans 10:4
- Jesus fulfilled all the law and the prophets. Matthew 5:17-18
- Jesus paid it all. His blood perfectly and completely atoned for every sin—past, present, and future. Hebrews 9:12
- Because of Jesus, I have direct, unhindered fellowship with God. 1 Corinthians 1:9 ; 1 Corinthians 6:17
- We no longer need a human high priest. Hebrews 7:23-24
- We no longer need a physical temple building as a place to worship nor as a place for Him to live among us. Matthew 18:20
Studying the life of Moses has made me so much more thankful for the finished work of Christ Jesus! My fellowship with His abiding presence is ongoing. All I need to do is incline my ear and my heart toward Him.
- He knows my every need.
- He knows the inexpressible desires of my heart.
- I’m learning my prayer lists are mostly worry and complaint lists.
- I’m learning to praise Him and thank Him for His promises, pray in agreement with His word, and not offer “prayers” of complaint.
We no longer have to wait at the bottom of the mountain to hear from the LORD. Our responsibility is now to pray, read, listen for His voice and obey. JayMack.net
8. On the subject of vows, there are several ideas that apply to us—
- Vows are usually a bad idea. Matthew 5:33-37
- Be careful and not reckless in what we say and promise. Especially being a people-pleaser, I can get myself in trouble. It’s okay to say no.
- We don’t need to bargain with God. We have access to His grace. He desires to give good gifts to His children.
- We bear responsibility to correct and teach those under our authority. We should speak up quickly.
- We also are responsible and privileged to vote and speak up according to God’s heart.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight. O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
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