7767 - Pay Attention


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We enter chapter 2 of the book of Hebrews in our study together today. This begins the first of five warning given to us by God through this book of the Bible, so lets “Pay attention”.

Listen to Hebrews 2: verses 1-3a:
We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

In this passage is a reference to the occasion of God’s passing of the Law to Nation Israel on Mt. Sinai. This is one of the principal events in the book of Exodus.

The spiritual status of the societies of the world was very wicked. Idolatry and witchcraft, and perversion were accepted daily activities in the many cultures.

God said to Moses before He gave the Law to Israel: “...tell the people of Israel: you yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession... You will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (Ex. 19:3-6).”

God’s desire was that Israel be a missionary nation to the world as His chosen people.

With awesome display of God’s power and holiness, the law was passed to the Hebrew people.

Galatians (3:19) tells us, “The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator.” Therefore, although the angels were not mentioned in Exodus they were involved in this monumental event of history. That should be expected because angels constantly surround God and carry out his desires.

Acts 7 (v53) substantiates that angels were involved in placing the Law into effect.
This giving of the Law is the event to which reference is made here in Hebrews.

Now notice that God’s covenant commands were not just suggestions for how to live. No, No! The Scripture says that this was binding. That’s a command and was to be carried out by the people.

We note also that every violation and disobedience was punished according to God’s instructions. A study of the early books of the Bible will show that many times a violation brought the death penalty.

Contrary to some of society’s present attitudes, God commanded that evil conduct and practices were to be removed from the nation by application of the death penalty. Many times God commands to “purge the evil for among you.”

The point of this passage is that disobedience to God’s commands is a very serious matter.

And now that Jesus Christ has died on the cross and has fulfilled the Law and the Prophets, He has ushered in the age of salvation by grace. This was the very truth that the Law was pointing to throughout the Old Testament.

Galatians tells us that the Law was our schoolmaster, our custodian, placed in charge to lead all the people under law to the promised Savior Messiah, the Christ, so that they might be justified by faith.

Now this great salvation is in place. It was consummated and completed by Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the major message of the book of Hebrews as well as the entire New Testament.

Take notice! We must pay more careful attention to this final message of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. If we choose to be self-willed and independent, or even just complacent; if we ignore or reject this offer of salvation, then we will not escape the final punishment by God—separation from Him forever in eternal suffering in hell.

Oh friend, let us pay careful attention to God’s gracious offer of salvation, and embrace His offer of eternal life by faith in Jesus.

And let us understand that obedience to the Lord’s commands and instruction is a necessary part of the grace covenant.

God tells us that anyone who claims to know Jesus as Lord, yet does not do what he commands is a liar and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4).”