Hebrews 12; 18-29 v 24 “You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s.”
In the Old Testament God was close to His people, physically able to touch them and they could hear His voice although it frightened them, they were often trembling and afraid. He gave commands and the people repeatedly disobeyed them. Then Jesus came and as such “you come to the city of the living God” You have come to Jesus, who brings the new promise from God, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel’s.” Be careful that you do not refuse to listen when God speaks. “Now He has promised “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the sky “However “the things that cannot be shaken will remain.” “Be thankful that we have a Kingdom that cannot be shaken. “After all, our God is a destructive fire.”
I knew someone who lost everything in a house fire. Years later she still found she missed things and used the phrase” we lost that in the fire,” with a sad voice. I also knew a Minister who had a Church burn down and talked of the negative effects of that on himself and the congregation. Fire is destructive and causes grief for years afterwards. And “God is a destructive fire!”
I also heard from two different sources this week that certain pine trees have a resin on the cones that drop to the ground. It is through fire, that the seeds are released. The high temperature causes the resin to melt and the seeds to be released to grow in the ashes that provide the perfect soil for the growth of a new plant.
God is strong and destructive like fire but Jesus showed us He is also good and will grow something new.
Prayer: Almighty God, save us from your destructive fire by directing our path to the things that cannot be shaken, to loving those around us , to pray and praise without ceasing. Amen.