Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
"Outraged" in the ESV has the sense, in the Greek, of being insulted. That is to me, is a far stronger sense of reaction of the Holy Spirit to deliberate sin by those who claim to be Christians. If I am cherry-picking my way through the Scriptures, treating the Word of God as a buffet table, a little of this but skip that approach to the grace of the LORD, God, the Almighty, I am calling the Godhead to be composed of liers. Outraged—certainly! Insulted--absolutely! Grieved—without a doubt! I have desecrated the gift of grace.
Today's readings in the Psalms:
Morning: Psalm 63
Evening: Psalm 139
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