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Hebrews 12:14-29

ESV 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. MSG 14 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Otherwise you'll never get so much as a glimpse of God. ESV 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no "root of bitterness" springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; MSG 15 Make sure no one gets left out of God's generosity. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. ESV 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. MSG 16 Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God's lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. ESV 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. MSG 17 You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God's blessing - but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. ESV 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest MSG 18 Unlike your ancestors, you didn't come to Mount Sinai - all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble - ESV 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. MSG 19 to hear God speak. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. ESV 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, "If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned." MSG 20 When they heard the words - "If an animal touches the Mountain, it's as good as dead" - they were afraid to move. ESV 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I tremble with fear." MSG 21 Even Moses was terrified. ESV 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, MSG 22 No, that's not your experience at all. You've come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels ESV 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, MSG 23 and Christian citizens. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. ESV 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. MSG 24 You've come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. He is the Mediator of this covenant. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel's - a homicide that cried out for vengeance - became a proclamation of grace. ESV 25 See that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape if we reject him who warns from heaven. MSG 25 So don't turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. If those who ignored earthly warnings didn't get away with it, what will happen to us if we turn our backs on heavenly warnings? ESV 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens." MSG 26 His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time - he's told us this quite plainly - he'll also rock the heavens: "One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern." ESV 27 This phrase, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of things that are shaken--that is, things that have been made--in order that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. MSG 27 The phrase "one last shaking" means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. ESV 28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, MSG 28 Do you see what we've got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. ESV 29 for our God is a consuming fire. MSG 29 He's actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won't quit until it's all cleansed. God himself is Fire!

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