Covenant Theology, RPW, and Musical Instruments

As part of this discussion with the Covenants I’d like to work in (no pun intended) a discussion of the changing economy as regards to worship goes with the disestablishment of the Temple and all that goes with it. I have not yet figured out where exactly I want to begin that discussion so if you have any suggestions and or things you would like to see discussed then please let me know I’ll try and accommodate you. Monday will be a continuation of the Post on the Mosaic Covenant.

As an aside buy this book.

Old Light on New Worship

by John Price


6 thoughts on “Covenant Theology, RPW, and Musical Instruments

  1. Will you talk about EP along with instruments? One of the inconsistencies I have seen as that EP types will say psalm singing was part of OT Temple worship and good, but instruments, though part of Temple worship is now void. Anyway, look forward to your post.

  2. An important question to look at would be to look at how Yahweh regulated the worship at the feasts, e.g. Booths. We know from Scripture that the Jews were to celebrate the feast of Booths (Tabernacles) annually and yet nowhere were they told what they were to do at it (save the minimalist instructions of Deut. 16 and Lev. 23).

  3. Another issue that would have to be looked into is the issue of using musical instruments outside of Temple worship.

    That the musical instruments used in the Temple was regulated no-one doubts but (a) did Israel worship Yahweh outside of the temple? (b) if so were musical instruments used? (c) if so what warrant was there for their use?

    One example is that of Exodus 15. (a) Is this worship? Yes. (b) were musical instruments used? Yes. (c) what warrant was there for their use? Hmmmmm……

    An article that is related is Tremper Longman’s The Divine Warrior: The New Testament Use of an Old Testament Motif

    “More generally and perhaps explaining the newness of the new song is the relationship between music and the Divine Warrior. That relationship is similar to the relationship which bears between nature and the Divine Warrior. During the divine warfare, nature languishes, but after the victory, it is restored with greater vitality. Music too ceases during the warring of the Divine Warrior (the two themes of nature and music are intermixed in Isa 24:4ff), but with victory, music is renewed (Psalm 98). In the historical books, women playing music greeted military leaders after a victory (Exod 15:20ff; Judg 11:34ff). Thus in Revelation, Jesus’ victory-or better stated proleptic victory-results in the singing of a new song.”

  4. Looking forward to getting this one. I have to admit that the forbidding of musical instruments using the Regulative Principle has never made sense to me. While I see the danger of misusing worship as entertainment, the Bible clearly permits musical instruments, commands them to be played skillfully, and in no place can I find where they have been eliminated.

    Maybe this book can push me in that direction.

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