From the book of Genesis we are told how God walked with Adam. He spoke to Cain about his brother Abel. Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took him. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. God talked with Noah and gave him instruction to build an Ark. God shut the ark door, and when it was all over God gave Noah and his sons a sign and told them to be fruitful and multiply. A little after that, the Lord went down to Babel to see the city and the tower men were building. He confused their language and scattered the people. God spoke to Job in a whirlwind. He spoke to Abraham establishing a covenant with his seed. He sat and ate with Abraham on the Plains of Mamre. The Lord appeared to Issac telling him where to dwell. Jacob wrestled with a man, and said he had seen the face of God. Joseph dreamed. God spoke to Moses in a burning bush and led the children of Israel out of Egypt with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. God spoke to Moses in a cloud, he talked to the children of Israel from heaven. These are many of the recorded ways that God communicated with His people.
We read in the book of Exodus:
When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.
“And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” “Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!” As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.”
We read the results of this in the book of Deuteronomy:
Moses continued, “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, ‘Don’t let us hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.’
“Then the LORD said to me, ‘What they have said is right. I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him. I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf. But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.’
“But you may wonder, ‘How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the LORD?’ If the prophet speaks in the LORD’s name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.
Notice after Moses that God would raise another prophet “from among your fellow Israelites”. This is the beginning of the prophets. A turning point if you would for the children of Israel. From here on out, when God spoke to His people He used a prophet as His voice. God used a mediator between Himself and the children of Israel.
Peter told us that:
Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
The scriptures are full of these prophecies and their fulfillment’s. There is example after example. Amos 3:7 is quoted time and again:
“Indeed, the Sovereign LORD never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.”
There was a lot in Gods’s plan. The portion of this plan I want to focus on is found in Jeremiah. Jeremiah prophesied that God was going to establish a new covenant with His people, one unlike the covenant He made with their fathers.
“The day is coming,” says the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife,” says the LORD.
“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the LORD. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the LORD. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
We read about the fulfillment of Jeremiahs prophecy in the book of Hebrews:
But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. But when God found fault with the people, he said:
“The day is coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and led them out of the land of Egypt.
They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them, says the LORD. But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the LORD: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the LORD.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already. And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
When God speaks of a “new” covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear.
Here we see there is a clear distinction between the old covenant and a new one. The mediator changed, A restoration took place restoring the communication between God and His people.
And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom -Mark 15
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. – Hebrews 1
You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. -Hebrews 12
Just before His ascension Jesus told His disciples:
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles told us in 2 Corinthians:
For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the LORD. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.”
God restored fellowship with man. He sent His Son into the world, a perfect sacrifice. No longer do we need a mediator to speak to us and teach us. Now Jesus is at the right hand of our Father, and He has sent us the comforter. We are Individuals led of the Spirit, In the words of Isaiah, “This is the way, walk ye in it.”