Hebrews 12:14-25 ….Do Not Reject God’s Warning

Do Not Reject God’s Warning

14 Follow peace (set at one again) with all men, and holiness (cleansing, set apart to YHVH), without which no man shall see the Lord:

15 Looking diligently (beware) lest any man fail (fall short) of the grace of God; lest (forbidding) any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

We see this in the rebellion of Korah in Numbers 16. 1 Corinthians 15:33 “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

If we look deeply into the rebellion we see that Korah wanted the distinction that was given to Aaron as the High Priest and this was not YHVH’s design. Korah wanted to perform the religious actions of the faith, but he wanted to do it his way. Korah was going to use the same instruments and the same actions, yet it was not according to YHVH’s instructions. In his bitterness he did not believe the words of YHVH this is what defiled him.

16 Lest there be any fornicator (morally unrestrained), or profane (wicked) person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.

As the firstborn it was automatically Esau’s duty to carry out the spiritual leadership of the family as the Aaronic Priesthood had not yet been established. This “dumping” of his responsibility was a direct affront to YHVH. Something “evil-ra” or wicked is something that stops something or someone from being able or capable of fulfilling their Divine purpose.

17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

Hebrews 10:26 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”

YHVH has a prescribed manner in which we are to conduct ourselves. Paul is constantly explaining this to us by reminding us of the actions of those that are both righteous and unrighteous before YHVH.

Are we trying to listen to YHVH or are we bitter because we cannot do things our way?

How many times have we walked tearfully down the aisle to confess the same failures in our walk with God? Does it feel like the mouse on the wheel? Maybe we are not listening to the right voice. Repentance is not sobbing on the prayer rail and saying “I’m Sorry”, true repentance is the actions associated with the change in behavior. The word in Hebrew is ‘teshuvah’ which means “turning back to YHVH”. Are we ready to turn back to YHVH?

18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:

(Exodus 19:10-16 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying, Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it: whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death: There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount. And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.”)

20 For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:

21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:

Paul is retelling the time in which YHVH set forth the instructions on how to conduct ourselves as His followers. Yes the people had difficulty in completing the task at hand. Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Yet we can see from the scriptures that the instructions are not impossible.

Luke 1:5-6 “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”

Matthew 11:29-30 “Take my yoke {instructions} upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” The same instructions that were issued at Mt. Saini we reaffirmed in Yeshua.

Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law {instructions}, till all be fulfilled.”

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,

24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that (blood) of Abel.

25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth (Moses in Numbers 16 concerning Korah’s rebellion), much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven :(Yeshua)

Are we willing to add action to our beliefs?

James 2:18 “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.”

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