After having his 'No Trespassing' sign ignored on several occasions, a man took the sign down and put up another that politely stated, "Please don't trample on the poison ivy, and be careful where you step because rattlesnakes are common. Try not to be too loud, my mean-spirited bull is sleeping nearby, Thanks." Signed, "Dirty Harry". I think the man made his point. Warnings are generally given for our own good, but even when the consequences of a given action are made abundantly clear, we are sometimes like the moth that is drawn to the flame, persisting to our own demise.
As the writer of Hebrews argued for the superiority of the New Covenant over the Old, he also presented the case for greater responsibility on the part of those who live in the Christians age to take heed the Lord's message. He says, "See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less shall we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven" (Hebrews 12:25).
Let us all make it our aim to hear the Christ. The Father in heaven said concerning Jesus, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him" (Matthew 17:5). Jesus speaks to us today through His New Testament which is sealed by His blood. We are warned not to ignore His words. Warnings often are ignored because a person figures there will be no real consequences. Sometimes they are ignored because a persons figures they are the exception to the case. Warnings in the home and in society at large are for the protection of those who hear them, we do ourselves no favors when we ignore them, especially is this true in regards to the teaching of our Lord.
If in the past one has refused to hear the words of Christ, there is no need to persist in such action, for the greatest desire our Lord is for all to come to repentance.
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