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