Caution

Day 313

Prayer for the day

Bless our God, you peoples; make the voice of his praise to be heard; Who holds our souls in life, and will not allow our feet to slip.

Scripture for the day

Jeremiah 46-47, Hebrews 6

The book of Hebrews, and particularly chapter 6, has been used as ammunition in the argument about eternal security (perseverance of the saints) and has set Arminians and Calvinists at odds through their differing exegetical postures. Despite these differences, Hebrews 6 is important. It sets up a very real caution for the people of God, a caution that speaks to the human heart being fickle and changeable.

The caution it speaks of is the caution against apostasy, the caution against leaving faith in Christ for faith in something else. It speaks of exchanging the glory of God for any other, much lesser glory, to the human propensity to shirk commitment, to leave what we had previously given ourselves to, in order to find something new. The grass, it is said, is greener on the other side, and even if the grass is less green, it is different grass, and that difference intrigues us, draws us in until we leave the God we love.

Hebrews cautions against this not because the writer is desperate to make us Calvinists or Arminians (anachronistically so), but because the writer has probably seen this happen, and knows the very real danger.

Jeremiah has witnessed this danger first-hand. His book is an extended attempt to be that word of caution before the impending apostasy has a chance to take root. In the end, Jeremiah is forced to speak words of doom to people who have refused the constant calls and cautions, people who have stopped desiring even the things of God.

May we never fall so far, never have to be warned about the danger of apostasy. May we rest content in the arms of the Father.

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