For instance, some of us might be appalled at the way a particular priest or pastor dresses during a Sunday service. What would we think when we saw the elaborate garments of the High Priest in Israel? Perhaps we are bored with old hymns of the faith or Bible passages that are put to songs (ex. Lord's Prayer). However, we fail to realize that most of the Psalms were to be sung and accompanied with musical instruments. In fact, certain psalms were sung by worshipers as they approached the temple in Jerusalem or after certain sacrifices.
Please hear me the right way. I am not condemning any particular church or saying that our congregational worship is way off kilter. I am simply a seminary student...not a pastor or an elder or holding any church office. Rightfully, I have no ground to ridicule that which I don't actively pursue. What I am saying is that one of the major themes of the entire Bible is worship to God. We are fortunate to have the Scriptures laid before us to see the demands that God places on man if they want to enter into His presence. Even though God is present everywhere at all times, I know that He deeply cares about a group of His witnessing children who gather together in fellowship for the purpose of bringing Him glory.
Any on-looker interested in the way that Israel worshiped their God, would have been taken back at the procedures of the sacrifices and all the things the High Priest had to do before He entered the Holy of Holies. They would have seen that Israel's worship was very distinct, precise, orderly, and costly. Unfortunately, I think that people visit our churches and walk away with a different perspective. Perhaps they think it was entertaining, exciting, or just boring. Aside from the gathering of believers on Sunday, what do people think when they visit you? Can they tell that your life is marked by distinction, precision, order...Worship to God?
I'll write more about dispensationalism later.