“You have not come to something that can 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 not another word be spoken to them.” vss. 18-19
The writer of Hebrews had a deep and profound appreciation for the scriptures and the ancient stories had been the foundation of his faith. But as he wrote to early Jewish Christians he was convinced that those ancient truths had been replaced by a new and more gracious image of God in the person of Jesus Christ. At Sinai the people had been terrified by their encounter with God–they begged that not another word be spoken to them. But now it was different. A new word had been spoken by God and that word was Jesus, and in the word made flesh they had discovered a God who would no longer be a threat to them; now in Christ there were promises of a new life that was already available. What a relief it must have been to those Hebrews who had come to faith in Jesus. What we take for granted, they were learning for the first time. When our image of God shifts from that of a vengeful judge to that of a loving and compassionate savior, our lives open up and we can begin to live freely and without constraint. Each day becomes a gift and a delight, and that’s how the new life in Christ is meant to be. Praise God!
Thought for the Day: What is it like to be afraid of God?