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It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The writer of the book of Hebrews is writing in the new age of grace. Yet he reminds his readers that God is still God. Just before this statement, he references an Old Testament passage in Deuteronomy 32:35-36, where the Lord says, “It is mine to avenge, I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” He then says, “It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Many years ago, Jonathon Edwards, the renowned colonial preacher who pastored the church in Northampton, Massachusetts, preached a message titled “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God.” It was a message that began the “first great awakening” in America in a spiritual way, which lasted from 1730-1755. The sermon by Edwards depicted vivid images of hell n. Yet the writer of Hebrews doesn’t present that look in this passage. He doesn’t call God the “Angry God,” but instead refers to Him as the “Living God.” Living is the word used instead of idol, which would refer to a dead piece of wood or stone. The writer says it’s dreadful to fall in His hands if one is unwilling to yield to God’s love. The reason is that our “Living God” spent His anger on His Son, Jesus. Jesus paid the price for our eternal salvation. That’s why, in this case, there comes an end to God’s Grace on judgment day should His love be rejected by those it’s been extended to.
I’m grateful for Your grace. Thank You for taking the anger that was meant for me so that I could have everlasting life. Amen