The Great Quake

Text: Hebrews 12:25-29
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: April 15, 2007

If you have lived long in California you have experienced at least one earthquake. Most earthquakes do very little damage. Even the most severe quakes typically cause damage in a limited area. The Bible records several earthquakes, each of which displays the power of God and the instability of our life on earth.

In this week’s text, the shaking of the ground when God gave the law at Sinai foreshadows a final great shaking which is spoken of by the Old Testament prophets, including Haggai. At the Lord’s coming everything which is inconsistent with the holiness of God will be shaken apart and removed. All that will remain is God’s unshakable kingdom, with us as his co-regents.

This truth should motivate us in at least two ways: First we should be thankful that, because of Christ, we belong to the kingdom which cannot be shaken. Such thankfulness should produce a life devoted to holy service to God. Also we should heed the warning that those who refuse to listen to God will not escape judgment from Him Who is a consuming fire.

The end of Hebrews 12 is the climax of the theological argument of the entire book. Chapter 13 contains concluding practical exhortations, greetings and a benediction.

Posted on April 15th, 2007 | Permalink