The first part of Hebrews Chapter 12 is about discipline – the Lord’s discipline. All the Sons of God have discipline. Further you might say we all do have trouble, trials, testing, problems, in short- discipline. God uses these to get us saved if we are not. Or for HIS people- He wants to make them perfect. That is the direction He is going in. The Lord loves us, He loves us so much. Those He loves He chastens. He wants to make people sharper to know Him better and to be better at being Christian.
‘He wants us to straighten our paths so that our lameness doesn’t get worse, but that it is healed’. Heb 12:13. He wants us ‘to pursue peace and holiness. Without which we will not see the Lord’. My job, it says, is to help people ‘to obtain the grace of GOD’. This sounds tough to do and it is all a very tall order. Spiritual work that we are not good at is difficult. We have to use different muscles to make it happen. I know it gets hard going through all the above and life is almost always hard to cope with- it can lead to bitterness. With all our failures and trouble daily, it can’t help but to lead to bitterness— without the Holy Spirit! I’m not saying that Christians are perfect who have the Holy Spirit. But I am saying that the Holy Spirit is the answer to bitterness and troubles. He helps us and He reminds us that bitterness is not the way to go.
Bitterness can be harmful. If it comes about it ‘can defile many’. The anger and frustration from life and God’s chastening of Christians can cause frustration and outbursts of wrath that can make God look different than what He is. Moses did that and didn’t go to the Promised Land because of it. If we let out our bitterness, that’s what will happen- many could have doubts and fear because of your strength of opposition and conviction. God has a higher purpose for that anger. So the H.S. can remind us that we should make peace in that situation.
I know the Holy Spirit pulls a root of bitterness out of my heart quite often. Just in my mind’s eye I see a root being pulled out like a gardener. It is a reminder and an energy release that turns me a bit away from that function. It is so welcome and timely. Even more the scripture comes to my mind, so be careful don’t push this to insanity and demand my own way, I tell myself. My wife tells me this too.
So I want to give you some more scriptures from Hebrews 12 that will illustrate my point better: Heb 12:16 No one should be immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal.
Heb 12:17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he could not find any opportunity to repent, even though he begged to repent with tears.
This is why Esau was immoral and profane because he gave up his whole future for one meal. It meant nothing to him- his double portion for the first born and his relationship with God. When he wanted it, years later, the promise and blessing from his dad, he was rejected. And no place in him was found for repentance because he was godless. He could have changed all of history, and his life, also he would have changed God’s will, if he could have repented. But he could not and did not even though he pursued it with tears—wanted it badly but could not do it.
And vs 18: , Heb 12:18 You have not come to something that can be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, to gloom,
Esau’s life was touched and changed because he did not repent of his evils. The Jews had Mount Sinai where the first covenant or 10 Commandments were given. God was therein with blazing fire and terrible gloom. He was showing His power and that he was the same God as in the Ten Plagues when they left the land of Egypt. He wanted to be worthy of their obedience. God was instilling fear in them and a fine job He did that day. Read vs 19-21 Heb 12:19 to a trumpet’s blast, or to a voice that made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them.
Heb 12:20 For they could not endure the command that was given: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.”
Heb 12:21 Indeed, the sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling with fear.”
They were exceedingly afraid even Moses. The New Covenant is not this way. It is better, and we shall go into it next time. God is not that way anymore He has changed His image. He is still the same God in every way but in how He is dealing with us He has changed. Now He is all Jesus, His love, His kindness, His healing the whole country of Israel. This is Him. He is love. The other was love too and holiness that would consume sin in every form, and still will……….