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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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.

Corporate Holiness

That spark of light, or fitful flash of flame,
When it ignites, a room of dark is tamed.
And Christian faith – illumined by God’s word,
Has power to stay God’s wrath when it is stirred.
For even Lot – called holy by the Lord,
In Sodom brought delay of judgment’s sword.
For by that man who looks to God in faith,
Jehovah’s hand of wrath is held in place.
The children of that man are holy then,
To God above, and are brought close to Him.
As holy, then, salvation not declared,
But close to Him and of His people there.
This is the place where sinful man comes clean:
Jehovah’s grace which flows from you and me.
Do not take lightly what’s been given you,
This holy light which in your life shines through.
It pushes back the darkness of our sin.
Do not be lax but take advantage then,
Of this great might – God’s holiness endued,
Ignite that light in those most close to you.