Hebrews 12:25-29 as applicable to us today as it was almost 2000 years ago.
For the moment… for at least the next 2 weeks… whatever the regular patterns of your life have been… have most likely been drastically changed. Since March 14, 2020, in the US, in North Carolina, we have been urged to have no gatherings with more than 50 in attendance. And then the guidelines came to have no more than 10 in attendance… as we attempt to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the coronavirus. Some places in the US and around the world have been given even stricter guidelines of quarantine and to shelter in place.
This has been a time to quickly adapt to the challenges presented to us. I am so very thankful for the online technology that is available to me and to many.
I am also so thankful that this has been the year of studying the book of Hebrews, which has urged us not to forsake the assembly. So, our ladies’ Bible study has engaged with each other through online discussion, using the Zoom video conferencing program.
We appreciate now, more than ever, the face to face interaction that we have had and look forward to having again.
I usually record my class lectures and post them as videos, but with all the changes taking place so quickly, (which take time in themselves to handle!), I felt the best way to share teaching would be through an audio recording.
The main passage that I will explain is:
Hebrews 12:25-29 See that you do not reject the One who speaks; for if they did not escape when they rejected Him who warned them on earth, even less will we if we turn away from Him who warns us from heaven. 26 His voice shook the earth at that time, but now He has promised, Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven. 27 Now this expression, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of what can be shaken– that is, created things– so that what is not shaken might remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us hold on to grace. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.
The warning, truth, and encouragement in this passage is just what we need … every time we read it… whether the coronavirus crisis is happening or not.