PJ’s Daily Devotional for Saturday, April 1, 2017.
Two contrasting words are found side by side in today’s Bible Reading. Be sober, wise and discerning as you read both; please understand that God put them side by side on purpose. So that you can know your position before God.
The first is for a wise person: “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith…”
The Bible says in 7 straightforward verses, Hebrews 10:19-25, “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
The second is for a foolish person: “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
The Bible next says in the next 6 equally straightforward verses, Hebrews 10:26-31, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, ‘Vengeance is mine; I will repay.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Jesus too distinguishes between those who hear His words and put them in practice verses those who hear His words and do not do them. Read Matthew 7:24-27. One is the wise man who builds his house on the rock and the others is the foolish man who builds his house on the sand. When the storms come, one man’s life (house) stands firm for it is built on Jesus (the rock) and the other man’s life crumbles for it is built on himself.
I will not commentate on today’s Scripture any more than this: How do you respond to the thought of being in the hands of God: With faith or fear?