Shaking Things Up

Hebrews 12:27-28
(27)  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
(28)  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

God promises that when He comes to set the record straight, things are going to be shaken up both in heaven and in earth. Those things that mankind considers sacred and inviolate will be replaced by what God says is sacred and inviolate.

The writer of Hebrews pens these words as an exhortation to his readers to keep their priorities right. Earlier in this chapter, he warns:

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  (Hebrews 12:25)

This is a reference to the Israelites who rebelled against the words of Moses. They were punished for their disobedience because their rebellion against Moses was ultimately a rebellion against God Himself. We as believers have the Holy Spirit indwelling us. That grace does not make us less responsible to obey God’s Word; it makes us more responsible. To help us understand this, God in His mercy shakes up our lives from time to time to help us understand what is really important and what doesn’t matter at all. When we’re in the midst of that, it seems like heaven and earth are in turmoil. That’s because they are. For us to really understand what matters, God has to shake things up.

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