“Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Reference: Hebrews 10:28-31 )
Do you remember that from the first books of the bible? That many things were punishable by death? I am not talking about the basic ten commandments but all the other laws that governed their lives. Many of those laws were set aside in favor of God’s law that came through Jesus Christ. The laws of Christ were/are much easier to follow, but they require not only following them but believing in Christ as the Son of God. That is what the writer of Hebrews is telling his readers, that failing to believe and follow Christ is much worse than not following the law of Moses.
But does that mean there is no recourse, no hope for mercy? Not from this excerpted passage. But we know, beloved, that there is hope, and that there is mercy. There is always hope and mercy for those who believe. And if you believe, it is NOT “a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” It is in fact a wondrous thing!
May you beloved place yourself in God’s hands, accepting and acknowledging the Son of God, honoring Christ’s holy blood that was shed for to make a covenant with God, and asking for the Spirit of Grace to be with you all your days! Selah!