Sunday, January 21, 2007

Hebrews 10:19-31

Today’s reading contains two seemingly contrasting ideas about God.
“Draw near to God”
“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

As I thought about these verses, I remembered meeting my wife’s Uncle Scott.

Shortly after our wedding, my wife and I visited her grandmother and it was there that I met Uncle Scott. He was a former Marine and he maintained the carriage and manner of a military officer. My wife couldn’t believe that I felt intimidated by him and his presence. She saw her uncle as a loving, caring man that doted on her. I saw him as a man trained for combat and someone willing to protect his family (including her) from all harm (including me). Over time, I got to know and love Scott but I will never forget how he told me to “treat his girl right.”

There wasn’t any difference in Scott – he was the same man, only seen from different perspectives.

I think that sometimes we focus so much on God’s mercy and compassion that we lose sight of his holiness, his hatred of our sin and hypocrisy between our belief and our action. Today’s reading reminds us that we need to see the whole nature of God – drawing near to him because of our assurance in Christ but also remembering that without Christ it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Alan Davenport

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