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See to it that You do not Refuse Him!
Hebrews 12:12-29
Shared June 25th, 2021; Updated June 25th, 2021
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Main Point Summary:
Main Point Summary:
We must be strong so that we do not fall short of Grace of God. We must understand the Promises and Purposes and respond with Gratitude and Reverence as we pursue Shalom with all and Sanctification with God.
Hebrews 12:12-29
Therefore, 1 a strengthen the hands that are weak
and the knees that are feeble,
and a make straight paths for your feet,
so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather b be healed.
a Pursue peace with all men,
and the b sanctification without which no one will c see the Lord.
See to it that no one a comes short of the grace of God;
that no b root of bitterness springing up causes trouble,
and by it many be c defiled;
that there be no a immoral or b godless person
like Esau, c who sold his own birthright for a single meal.
For you know that even afterwards, a when he desired to inherit the blessing,
he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance,
though he sought for it with tears.
a For you have not come to b a mountain that can be touched
and to a blazing fire,
and to darkness
and gloom
and whirlwind,
and to the a blast of a trumpet
and the b sound of words which sound was such
that those who heard c begged that no further word be spoken to them.
For they could not bear the command, “ a If even a beast touches the mountain , it will be stoned .”
And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, “ a I am full of fear and trembling.”
But a you have come to Mount Zion
and to b the city of c the living God, d the heavenly Jerusalem,
and to e myriads of 1 angels,
to the general assembly and a church of the firstborn who b are enrolled in heaven,
and to God, c the Judge of all,
and to the d spirits of the righteous made perfect,
and to Jesus, the a mediator of a new covenant,
and to the b sprinkled blood, which speaks better than c the blood of Abel.
a See to it that you do not refuse Him who is b speaking.
For c if those did not escape when they d refused him who e warned them on earth,
1 much less will we escape who turn away from Him who e warns from heaven.
And a His voice shook the earth then,
but now He has promised, saying,
“ b Yet once more I will shake not only the earth , but also the heaven .”
This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes a the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things,
so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Therefore, since we receive a a kingdom which cannot be shaken,
let us 1 show gratitude, by which we may b offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe;
for a our God is a consuming fire.
We must we strong and pursue peace with all and the sanctification which is necessary to see God. The strength is necessary so that we do not fall from grace. Falling from grace will result on bitterness, rejection and a hopeless end. We must understand the promise of God, what He is accomplishing and why He operates the way He does. We are not approaching Mt. Sinai, but Mt. Zion. We are coming to a better Place, with better Promises, Prospects and an Endless Hope. God will and is shaking up things so that the permanent and eternal may remain. We cannot refuse God and return to the old things and ways. This is Futile, Dangerous and Perilous. All this is only possible through Jesus is is the Mediator of the New Covenant. We are receiving an unshakable kingdom from the living God, who is the Judge of all. In the light of the New Covenant, w e must respond to Him with faith, gratitude, and reverential service. How can we refuse Him and reject so great a promise? How can we escape if we refuse so Great Salvation? cf. Heb 2:3.
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