“For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched, that is ablaze with fire, and to gloom and darkness and a raging storm, and to the blast of a trumpet and a voice whose words make the listeners beg that nothing more be said to them” (Hebrews 12:18-19); “but rather, you have come to Mount Zion, even to the city of the living YAHWEH, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless multitudes of angels in festal gathering, to the assembly of the first born whose names have been written in heaven, to YAHWEH, who is the judge of all, to the spirits of righteous people made perfect, to YAHSHUA, and to the sprinkled blood, which says better things that the blood of Abel” (Vs.22-24).
The difference between the experience at Mount Zion and Mount Sinai is worth noting for us to realize the wonderful grace of God toward us. When God came down to Mount Sinai to meet the people of Israel, He came expressing vehemently His holiness through fire, in a dense and black cloud that enveloped the mountain. At that time, He declared His covenant with the people and gave them the Ten Commandments. At that time, Israel had a glimpse of the extent of the holiness of God; and not being able to bear it, they begged Moses to speak to them, instead.
and the earth shall be utterly laid
waste and utterly pillaged; for the Lord
has said this (Vs.3). This chapter of Isaiah is a mini book of Revelation.
Throughout the Old Testament God’s future judgements are predicted ultimately
to destroy the earth and its wicked people with it. It is His final measure to
deal with the stubborn, rebellious people. When this period of grace is past,
His wrath will dominate the world and none who have rejected Him will escape.
It will be merciless, with vengeance and no turning back. We see in this
chapter, the character of His judgements, and the extent of it in verses 1-3:
The scope of His judgements will include all peoples and all class of people.
It shall be with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with
this master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with
the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so
with the debtor. No class of people will
escape with the exception of those who have accepted Him. YAHSHUA said, For it
will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. But for those
who have accepted Him He gave a word of warning: Keep awake then and watch at
all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability to escape
all these things, that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son
of Man (Luke 21:35-36).
Lord spoke to the Prophet Amos saying, I will not pass by and spare them
anymore. He was finished warning the nation of Israel, due to their hardness of
heart. In their exit from Egypt, Israel experienced God’s protection in every
way they needed. They escaped all the plagues applied to Egypt, and even the
last one, which was the death of all the firstborn sons. By the blood of the
sacrificial lamb, upon the doorpost of their houses, their sons were spared from
death. That was a token or a sign that when God saw the blood He would “Pass over”
the nation of Israel and no plague would destroy them. God’s mercy is available
in the opportunities that come to us. Its door has been opened for a long time
for all to enter because our God is longsuffering. He desires that all be
saved. There is no limit to His mercy while its door is opened. God’s mercy is
such that can never be compared to human’s mercy in the fullest extent of it. Webster dictionary describes mercy as: refraining
from punishing offenders, enemies, persons in one’s power; kindness in excess
of what may be expected or demanded by fairness; forbearance and compassion;
the power to forgive, clemency, etc.
For just in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah went into the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away….(Matt. 24: 38-39)
They did not know, consequently, they suffered. The phrase, They did not know implies lack of knowledge about something. Or does it? One can hear something without giving heed, or paying attention to, or not believing it. YAHSHUA uses this as an illustration in Matthews 7: 24-27. He said, So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them will be like a sensible man who built his house upon the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid man who built his house upon the sand. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell and great and complete was the fall of it. These two men heard the message. One acted upon it and was saved; the other ignored and suffered the consequences because his heart was hard. They both heard, they both had a choice to accept or not, and both made their decision.
wonderful book of Ephesians is without a doubt, a treasure for the believer in
Messiah YAHSHUA. The first chapter is full of blessings from the beginning to
the end: We are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and set
apart as blameless; we are adopted as His own through our Lord YAHSHUA; in him
we are redeemed and in Him we were made heritage and have obtained an
inheritance; we have been stamped with the seal of the long-promised Holy
Spirit as a guarantee, an anticipation of our redemption (Ephesians 1).The
beautiful thing here is that we have all of these blessings now, while in our
corrupted body. Also, we have been raised with Christ and He has made us to sit
down together in the heavenly sphere with Him (2:6). That’s where we are
spiritually speaking; that’s the position God has given us now and forever that
He might clearly demonstrate through the
ages to come the immeasurable riches of His free grace in His kindness and
goodness of heart toward us in Messiah YAHSHUA (2:7). The believer has
become in Him children of Light. YAHSHUA is the light of the world. His light is
reflected in all believers. We were marked for our redemption through the seal
of the Holy Spirit, as Israel was when the door post of their houses were marked
with the blood of a sacrificed lamb for their salvation.