Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken

For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” This phrase, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of things that are shaken–that is, things that have been made–in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:18-29

In today’s verses the writer of Hebrews compares the earthly Mount Zion with the heavenly home of God. No one except for Moses was to be allowed on Mount Zion and Moses was only allowed at certain times. Similarly only the high priest was allowed to enter the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle and the Temple. Now we no longer have these restrictions. Any believer can enter in God’s presence.

The old earthly places where God was were subject to destruction. Earthquakes shake mountains and buildings sometime destroying them. The Temple was destroyed by the Romans and has yet to be rebuilt. But the heavenly Jerusalem and Temple is beyond destruction, they are eternal and have been there from before creation. What we had on earth was only a shadow of them.

God’s kingdom to which we are to enter cannot be shaken. That is what we have been given to right to inherit as sons and daughters of God. We have been given a promise from God that He has a place for us. It is a place that will never be taken away from us. Heaven is eternal all the universe is transitory. It will eventually be blown away like dust and only two places will remain. Hell set aside for Satan and his followers as well as those who choose to live without God and Heaven where God, His angels and all who choose to follow Him will reside for all eternity.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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