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Summary: We are warned of the dangers of spiritual negligence. Why is spiritual negligence devastating? 4 Dangers of Spiritual Negligence

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THE DANGER OF SPIRITUAL NEGLIGENCE—Hebrews 2:1-4

1938 WA legislative election/Republican ‘Boston Curtis’—New man on ticket—Elected by 51 votes/Actually a mule/Placed in running by Democrats to prove how negligent voters are.

Country in danger if Mules in office.

We are warned of the dangers of spiritual negligence.

Spiritual carelessness/neglect is devastating.

Why is spiritual negligence devastating?

4 Dangers of Spiritual Negligence

The 1st Danger of spiritual negligence is

A DISSOCIATING DRIFT(:1)

—Explanation:(:1)Separating/Detaching

:1—“For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”

“Closer attention/Earnest heed”—

“Drift away/Let them slip”—pararruew—To glide by; Lit. ‘to flow from’.

—Argumentation:

Isa. 59:1-2— “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short That it cannot save; Neither is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you & your God, And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear.”

Deut 4:9—“Only give heed to yourself & keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, & lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your sons & your grandsons.”

—Illustration:

1997/Hilton Head Beach/Matthew/Gone!/Looked everywhere/Panic/Lost focus/Drifted with natural current/Lost-Separated-Detached-Dissociated/DISSOCIATING DRIFT

T-shirt— ‘Go Against the Flow!’

—Application:

?Your negligence netted a DISSOCIATING DRIFT?...Eternal Damnation & Temporal Misery!

?You endangered due to Spiritual Negligence?

The 2nd Danger of spiritual negligence is

A JUST REWARD(:2)

—Explanation:(:2)Recompence/Just desserts/Appropriate

:2—“For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, & every transgression & disobedience received a just recompense...”

“The word spoken through angels”—

Ps. 68:17—“The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.”

Deut. 33:2—“And he said, “The LORD came from Sinai, And dawned on them from Seir; He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.”

Acts 7:38, 53—“This is the one[Moses] who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, & who was with our fathers; & he received living oracles to pass on to you.”....“you who received the law as ordained by angels, & yet did not keep it.””

“Unalterable”—bebaioV—Stable, fast, firm.

“Every transgression”—Cross the line; Going beyond the established limit.

Every “Disobedience”—‘failing to hear, or hearing carelessly & inattentively’—Refusal to obey or follow direct orders.

“Just Recompense”—misqapodosia—Payment of wages due; Natural(expected/anticipated) consequence— Properly due or merited; Consistent with what is morally right; righteous. .

Justice— Receiving the requirements of what is just.

Made bed—Now sleep in it!

If we make our spiritual bed we must lie in it!


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