Hardened Hearts (Hebrews 3:7-19)

The voice of God is calling,
My brothers, do you hear?
Oh, listen to that calling,
And humbly bend your ear.
Let not your heart be hardened;
Oh, dreadful peril that!
For you are then God’s foe-man,
And you will stir His wrath.
Remember then the wonders,
God did in pharaoh’s court?
His disbelieving blunders,
Provoked God’s dread retort.
Or what of the damnation,
Of Sodom and of Tyre?
Each fell in conflagration,
In brimstone and in fire.
For every doomed rebellion,
All men to God opposed,
He justly did expel them –
Oh, be not Jesus’ foe!
No! Fight to stay receptive,
And hold on to your faith.
Eschew all that’s deceptive,
But on God’s Spirit wait.
Remember God is gracious,
And He has called to you.
So turn your heart to praises,
And meditate on truth!

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The Call of an Elder (Titus 1:5-9)

I call you now to stand in awe,
That awe may turn to homage.
For Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Took on Him human vesture.
As one of us, though without flaw,
With perfect life and knowledge,
But now He delegates His law,
To stewards of His pastures.

He calls His shepherds to obey,
And imitate His leading.
Above reproach in all their ways,
Who preach but faithful doctrine.
As men who only truth will say,
Who challenge those deceiving,
And show the church the King of Days,
In holiness, then, taught in.

They lead, protect, teach, model, care,
To point the church to Jesus.
Though there are crooked leaders there,
This can not make us jaded.
For all are brothers, all will share,
And the whole world will see us.
The sheep and shepherd both now bear,
The call to bring Christ praises.

Of Men and Angels (Hebrews 2:16-3:1)

When angels fell in treason,
The Lord has shown no grace to them,
But damned them harshly in their sin,
His justice soon will seize them.
Yet our sins He atones,
To take us as His own.

The seed of Abram saving,
The seed of Abraham’s great trust,
For He became as like to us.
All suffering then braving,
In mercy for our plight,
And tested for His right.

And now He may deliver,
That man afflicted in his sin,
Assuring us that we will win,
Destroying that Deceiver,
For He has blazed the way,
To save us by His grace.

Cement this in your thinking:
This man who all these works has done,
Is Jesus Christ, Jehovah’s Son.
This holy work completing.
The Lord, sent in humility,
To call us to His family.