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May 18

A “Fearful Thing”

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Under the Law of Moses, punishment for violation of its statutes was ordained to be swift and just.  The children of Israel were expected to be devoted to God and His laws.  After all, Jehovah had plainly demonstrated His existence through His miraculous provision.  He had delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage and from the threat of Pharaoh and his army.  He had miraculously provided for them in the wilderness and guided them to the promised land.  How could an Israelite respond to God’s grace with disobedience?

Now, fast forward to our century.  God’s blessings are manifold.  He provides food, shelter, safety, good health, and our very breath.  Most significantly, He has provided forgiveness and the hope of everlasting life through the suffering of His Son and His atoning blood.  In Heb 10:26-31, the biblical writer compares the two covenants (the Law of Moses and the Law of Christ), and the severity of punishment under each.  We can certainly understand how a severe punishment was justified under the Law of Moses.  But, when we consider how much greater the benefits are under the Law of Christ, and the price our Deliverer paid for our salvation, we can understand why punishment under the Law of Christ is far greater.

Evidence for the gospel is overwhelming. There is no excuse for atheism, agnosticism, cultism, paganism, or disobedience of any kind.  The most important thing we can do in this life is to give our lives in complete devotion to our Creator’s service.  We must live pure lives free from sin.  We must worship and study with the church every opportunity that we have.  We must do everything we can to convince others to do the same.  We might not realize, at this very moment, that this is the most important thing we can do… but one day we will.  One day we will all stand before God and give an account of our lives.

When that day comes, will we have wasted our entire lives sleeping in, playing video games, watching TV, shopping at the mall or Walmart, or going to the beach or park with our friends?  Or, will we have been good stewards of the time and things God has blessed us with.  Surely, the Hebrew writer speaks the truth when He writes, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  Heb 10:31

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