Today you should read: Hebrews 12:18-29
I’ve heard it said, “You will never see the value of a pearl until it is pressed against dark velvet.” The meaning of that statement is simple: some things show you just how special other things are. Let me illustrate: babysitting might be fun, but it doesn’t compare to raising your own kids. Landing your first job waiting tables can seem exciting, but getting a job in the sweet spot of your calling is awesome. Eating Great Value ice cream might be tasty, but it’s nothing compared the black raspberry chip at Graeter’s. Remember the first time you saw an NFL or NCAA football game? Compare that to the local high school games. Taco Bell or Casa Fiesta? Come on.
The second half of Hebrews 12 exposes this to a deep level. The parallel we find points us back to the covenant the Lord made with Moses at Sinai. While this was a life-altering moment for Moses and the people of God, it wasn’t a final covenant. It was the dark velvet, setting up for the bright, white pearl. What is the pearl? The everlasting covenant offered to us in Jesus Christ. This is an unshakeable Kingdom that can never be taken away from us. It is the hope for all mankind.
The New Living Study Bible put it this way: This passage contrasts the old covenant with the new. The old covenant, represented by Mount Sinai (12:18-21), is depicted as impersonal, intimidating, and unapproachable; it booms, flashes, and terrifies. The new covenant, represented by Mount Zion (12:22-24), is depicted as relational, welcoming, and celebratory.
The only way to experience this Kingdom and covenant is through knowing Jesus. If you have come to know Him as your Savior, the promise in this passage applies to you! Take hope in that truth and let it encourage your heart today. Did the Lord teach you other things from this passage? We would love for you to share in the comments section below.
Posted by: Todd Thomas