Shelach L’cha “send” send for yourselves… I am not issuing a command…. it is you who have decided according to your own council…. Numbers 13:1 — 15:41.
Judgment/punishment… can be instructive (warning through hearing or by seeing the results in another), corrective (by experiencing), or retributive (beyond instructive or
corrective to punitive). Every Christian willfully sins after salvation. Yet, fortunately, the Epistle to the Hebrews teaches that Christians can come to the throne of Grace and Mercy through their High Priest and get forgiveness and cleansing. This is not referring to saving grace for eternal life or being saved in spirit but is referring to the forgiveness and cleansing, or purging of the soul… that can keep one from experiencing judgments, some severe, albeit age lasting punishments. If a Christian sins, he is in trouble. If he does not repent and get mercy from his Heavenly Father, he is in danger of “judgment” even “fiery indignation” at the judgment seat of Christ in that “approaching” day.
PARALLELS IN THE NC
Hebrews 3:7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, TO DAY IF YE WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE PROVOCATION… WHEN YOUR FATHERS TEMPTED ME,….THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN MY WAYS. SO I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER INTO MY REST.)
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. One key point of Hebrews is that Christians should understand that sin has a way of hardening our hearts and we become insensitive to repentance and often even losing the will too. And besides that who knows if God might grow weary of our stubbornness and require of us our lives. As He did with these Israelites.
Hebrews 12:17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. The “place of repentance” and cleansing is today, on this earth. The time for Christians to confess their sins and seek mercy is not the future day of the judgment seat of Christ. As the critical-ness of timing we see in type in this lesson.
Hebrews 10 “Let us draw near with a true heart….” is a state of repentance, “….our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Together The Blood and Water.. representative of the necessary cleansing in type of the OC instruction in drawing nigh to Him.”If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves….if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John1:8,9. The phrase “there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins” in The teaching of Hebrews 10: 26-27 is speaking to Christian presumptuousness, that is critically appraising The Blood and the Washing of the word, thinking this way after receiving the knowledge or the Truth, we are warned we will not get away with it, as there is no forgiveness extended. It is not teaching that Christians lose salvation in eternity when they willfully sin. Yet, it is teaching that they will come into a place where there finally is retributive judgment with fiery indignation. Christians are warned they should not willfully sin, confess and receive mercy, and then think that they can sin some more without the danger of severe consequences.
Hebrews 3: 15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? When a Christian sins he must then see the critical need revealed as the Word portrays to renew his daily fellowship with God through repentance. If he wills not to, he needs to hear the stern warning that there is punishment for such disobedience awaiting him at the future judgment seat of Christ. The words of Scripture in Numbers chapter 13 & 14 answer to Hebrews chapters 3 & 4 in the NC… Numbers chapter 15 answers to those of the NC in Matthew chapters 5-7. The Judgments above in Hebrews relate examples of God’s Judgments previously upon similarly regenerated yet stubborn children and are set before Christians as instructive warnings who shall also through willful and continual unrepentant sin suffer like consequences. Namely condemned to die in the Wilderness short of their inheritance in the Promised Land. Scriptures say clearly that Christians can forfeit a high position in the coming Kingdom through ignorance…