Hebrews 12:28 – Verse of the Day 1/18/14

Verse of the Day Hebrews 12:28

In Hebrews 12, the author remembers that in the Old Testament God commanded the people not even to touch Mount Sinai because they would die if they came into God’s presence without having their sins forgiven (12:18-21). By contrast, through faith the people have come to Mount Zion, the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God (12:22-24).  Under the New Covenant, God’s holiness has not changed, but our ability to approach Him has, through the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins. Now we can approach Him without fear, but we are still to come with reverence and awe, and this should shape how we worship.

In a world that values the casual, the fleeting and the trivial, God calls us to worship him with seriousness, steadfastness, and careful reflection. As you remember that God has forgiven your sin and enabled you to come before Him in all His splendor, ask Him to help you to learn to worship Him according to His desires. What a wonderful gift to enter into the presence of the true and living God. Give thanks in your heart as you praise Him.

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Lynda Salings
Lynda Salings

AMEN! I am a citizen of the Kingdom, and my heart is full of gratitude for all He is and all He has done!

Thomas Bowers
Thomas Bowers

Very interesting! We are told in Isaiah that when God destroyed the large Assyrian army that had come against the southern kingdom of Judah, in one night an angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian army and wiped out 185,000 troops; one night, destroyed the army, one angel. In the morning when the Israelites got up, looked out to see the enemy that had been camped around them, there was nothing but these dead corpses, 185,000. And it said a fear gripped the hearts of the sinners in Zion. Those that were in the city who were sinners, man, they really got scared. They saw what the fire of God could do. They said, "Who among us can dwell in the midst of this devouring fire?" (Isaiah 33:14). They got panicked when they saw what God's fire can do. Our God is a consuming fire.