Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hebrews 12:25-29

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Questions to consider:

  • Who are "they" in this section?
  • How is God’s dealing with "them" a warning to the Hebrews?
  • How does the author show the superiority of the new revelation here?

Possibilities for prayer:

The goal to worship God acceptably--with reverence and awe-- seems to be one that has been around for awhile. Worship seems to be a space in which people are more easily able to encounter God, which is a great thing. But sometimes it can be easy to forget that when we are worshiping, we are worshiping the GOD of the UNIVERSE, which is a pretty serious thing, and rightly deserves reverence and awe. Today, let’s ask God to show us what reverence and awe in worship looks like, and try to act that out in our times of worship.