God’s Self-Revelation and Worship
Whereas it is common in our day to imagine that we can worship God however we please, God warns His People in Deuteronomy 4 to remain within the safe confines of what He has revealed. This is the ultimate problem with making an image of God to worship Him through it - He has not given us an image of Himself! Certainly, there are visible mediums wherein God has revealed Himself. He has revealed His divinity and power through creation (Rom. 1:18-23; Ps. 19:1-3). He also revealed His grace through visible events like the Exodus from Egypt and ceremonies like the bloody sacrifices. Today, the Christian Church has received visible revelation in the sacraments: bread, wine, and water. Generally-speaking, however, we are a people defined by faith, not by sight. God's words are central, powerful, and more certain. In this age, we receive those audible words by faith, always looking forward to the age of sight, when we will finally behold the revelation of God's glory in the visible face of Jesus Christ.