Summary: 2 of 3. The author of Hebrews laid out the unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief(willful sin). Such unbelief warrants an unavoidable forecast(consequences). But What is that forecast? An unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief is...
The FORECAST For RELIGIOUS UNBELIEF-II—Hebrews 10:26-31
The author of Hebrews laid out the unavoidable forecast for willful sin.
Religious unbelief(willful sin) warrants unavoidable forecast/merit(consequences).
What is the unavoidable forecast/merits(consequences) of Religious unbelief(willful sin)?
6 unavoidable forecasts/merits for Religious unbelief(willful sin) are...
The last time we were in Hebrews we discovered 2 unavoidable things in the forecast for religious unbelief were...
1. A FORFEITED REDEMPTION(:26)
2. An ULTIMATE FEAR(:27)
3—An unavoidable forecast for religious unbelief(willful sin) is...
:28—“Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.”
In retrospect, any Jew who has denied the Law dies without mercy. The judgment is based on the testimony of at least 2 witnesses. The witnesses convict & the sentence is thereby set. Mercy has no place after judgment is rendered judicially.
Regarding the judicial death of one “without mercy,” it is an emotionless determined decision due to the attitude & resource of the reigning authority. It is accomplished because it is the ‘right thing to do” by said authority. Speaks to the decision of society as a whole.
Rom. 13:2-5—“Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, & those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, & you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake.”
Likewise the Church is also to operate under such biblical practices of fairness...
1Tim. 5:19-20—“Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear.”
The testimony of 2+ witnesses is a standard biblical practice(Deut. 17:6-7) which prevents judicial abuses—arising thru self-centered malicious, spiteful, & vengeful intentions. If the witnesses do not corroborate their witness, then legally there is no recourse but acquittal & dismissal.
Deut. 17:6-7—““Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, & afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you.”
Evidence is undeniable & coldly(decisively) convicts...Because the objective standard has been established.
*Num. 15:30-31—“‘But the person who does anything presumptuously, whether he is native-born or a stranger, that one brings reproach on the LORD, & he shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the LORD, & has broken His commandment, that person shall be completely cut off; his guilt shall be upon him.’””
Deut. 13:6-11—““If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go & serve other gods,’ which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers, of the gods of the people which are all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth, you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him or conceal him; but you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, & afterward the hand of all the people. And you shall stone him with stones until he dies, because he sought to entice you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. So all Israel shall hear & fear, & not again do such wickedness as this among you.”
Rom. 9:14-16—“What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, & I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”
Js. 2:12-13—“So speak & so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
Rom. 2:4-11—“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, & longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? But in accordance with your hardness & your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath & revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, & immortality; but to those who are self-seeking & do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness--indignation & wrath, tribulation & anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first & also of the Greek; but glory, honor, & peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first & also to the Greek. For there is no partiality with God.”