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About-Him.Com Devotional 07-20-2013
Don't Refuse Him Who Speaks From Heaven
Hebrews 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
The writer gives a vivid contrast between Mt Sinai and Mt. Zion. At Sinai, God was unapproachable, obscure and clothed in fire and darkness. However, we who have been washed in the blood of Jesus and sealed by His Spirit are given the privilege of being citizens of a great assembly known as the church of the firstborn. The firstborn of God are His heirs, who have an incorruptible inheritance (1 Pe. 1:4).
Hebrews 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
Sinai was fenced off, and anyone who crossed the boundary was struck dead. We now live under the new covenant which is a contract between God and man, administered by Jesus who signed the document with His sinless blood. Because of Him, we have the privilege of approaching God at any time of the day or night and presenting ourselves boldly before His throne (He. 4:16).
Hebrews 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
People who disregarded Moses and the law were severely punished. How much more are we deserving of punishment if we disregard the voice of the Savior who shed His life’s blood for us?
Hebrews 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
When the Lord spoke at Sinai, the earth shook at the sound of His voice. He has promised to shake not only the earth, but the heavens also. Everything that can be shaken, will be shaken. The only thing that will escape this coming shaking, will be the kingdom of God. Earthly conquerors and rulers have come and gone. Their ancient empires have been buried by the blowing sand. Many nations that once prided themselves as being build upon God’s foundation are now doing everything in their power to disavow Him and His law. Do you think any of them can survive when the voice of the Lord shakes this whole universe?
Verse 25 admonishes us to not refuse the voice of Jesus who speaks from heaven. In the gospels we have the record of His miracles and His teachings and His invitations to come to Him and find rest for our souls. After His ascension and seating at the right of God (He. 8:1, 10:12,12:2), He became our High Priest (He. 8:1, 9:11), our Advocate (1 Jn. 2:11) and our Mediator (1 Ti. 2:5). All the fullness of the Deity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, resides in Him bodily (Co. 2:9). So when He speaks, His words are not mere suggestions, they are commandments from the mouth of Almighty God (Re. 1:8), so we had better listen (Re. 2:17).
Jesus spoke in the book of Revelation to the seven churches of Asia. Five of them received more condemnation than praise. The church of Ephesus was condemned because they had forsaken their first love. They were rich, increased with goods and had need of nothing. Jesus thought otherwise. He said that they were poor and naked (Re. 3:17).
They were all urged to repent and be restored.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Those who hear His call from heaven and open the door of their heart will have eternal fellowship with Him, even to the extent of sitting with Him on His throne.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Our text concludes with a conclusion: Because we have been given an eternal kingdom, we need to walk in the grace of God which is His unmerited favor and divine enablement which gives us the ability to serve God in a manner that is acceptable to Him. We walk in reverence and godly fear, because we are ever mindful that He is still a consuming fire.
Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
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