Wednesday after the Second Sunday of Advent

Ezekiel 37:24-28, Romans 12:9-18, Hebrews 12:7-15

“I will make a covenant of with them…”
Ezekiel 37:26

“Live in harmony with one another…”
Romans 12:16

“If possible, as far as it deps on you, live at peach with everyone.”
Romans 12:18

“Pursue with everyone, and —without it no one will see the Lord.”
Hebrews 12:14

When speaks to Ezekiel, the consequences of living a outside of and away from are showing up to the Israelites, and it is not a pretty picture. Something to understand throughout Ezekiel is that while the consequences of not living with is bad, s hope. Especially a hope which cannot be earned. makes the new covenant of .

We, too, have a covenant with to live out. It is the covenant of with . In Romans 12, Paul is talking specifically about the between members of the Christian framily. However, this is supposed to also spill out into our s outside of the framily.

The author of Hebrews, however, makes what can be chilling ties to with : and divine . Mercifully, the author of Hebrews uses the word “pursue.” Other translations have it as “strive for” or “chase after.” As we read yesterday, requires effort.

Peace and are tied together by the author of the Hebrews. This is not unreasonable, as the ultimate is n by who is . The importance of living at with one another—especially, but not exclusively, in the framily—cannot be overstated. If the Children of are not at with one another, what kind of can they share with ?

1) What does it mean to you that “no one will see the Lord” when it comes to being at with one another and ?

2) Is being at with one another important to you? Why or why not?

KD) We all struggle with being at with one another. Are you pursuing with ? What are you willing to up to have ?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.