The story of Moses and the burning bush can be found all throughout the Old Testament. This chapter in Exodus tells the story of God’s warning to Moses and a couple of years later their response. In Chapter 4:9-10 Moses is still being warned, but now tells the Israelites to beware of the burning bush. This is a warning of judgment.
Moses asks the burning bush if he is a god that weighs things in balance. If he weighs things in his hand then judgment comes upon them. He also asks the bush if he honors God. If he honors God then judgment will be stopped. Finally he asks the bush if he gives God honor. If he gives God honor then judgment will be given.
Moses then puts the finishing touch on the warning that a bunch of bad things will happen if they don’t obey the commandments.
All of this is spoken to the people of Israel. Later the Israelites are to travel to Mt. Sinai, and eventually Moses and the burning bush meet again in Chapter 10, after the Israelites have crossed the Jordan and are resting on the plains of Moab. Moses gets back into his chariot and the chariot pulls out of the Jordan. The people will be punished in this chapter according to the things that have happened up to this point. They will be punished for disobedience. The burning bush turns out to be the angel Gabriel.
The first two verses of chapter 10, beginning with the word “and”, is a description of what will happen after the Israelites cross the Jordan. In verse 3, God tells Moses to tell the Israelites to expect judgment to stop in the wilderness. In verse 4, Moses writes the words that God will write on the tablets, and then in verse 7, after Moses has finished writing these words, God gives the Israelites a final word. Verse 7 says, “I am the Lord.” Verse 8 then ends with the words, “judgment to be given.”
Then in verse 10, a whole bunch of judgments come upon the Israelites. They will be punished for their disobedience, and eventually they will be punished forever. Verse 12 says that the Israelites will be punished with heat, as well as punishment after they die. The Israelites will have pain and suffering and hunger, with pain and burning, with soreness and rashes. There will be torment, over their eyes, like burning, with devouring fire, and torment, over their eyes, like that of a scorpion’s sting. This is the final judgment that the Israelites will suffer.
The two sentences that we have labeled “Judgment” and “Persecution” are listed in the chapter heading of the book of Hebrews (10:1). These two sentences are the first two sentences of Hebrews 10:1. This should tell us that these are the two main judgments of the book of Hebrews. What is interesting about these two sentences is that they both relate back to the same Hebrew word used in verse 6, where the same Hebrew word is used. When you go to the quotation that we have put in the body of this article, you will notice that these two sentences are used in a pair. These are the only pair of Hebrew sentences that are used in the book of Hebrews, and if you look at the quotation in Hebrews 10:2, you will notice that these two sentences are the first two sentences of Hebrews 10:2. So why are these two sentences used in a pair, and why are they the first two sentences? We can get some clues from looking at how the book of Hebrews is put together.
There are three things that we can figure out when we look at how the book of Hebrews is put together. First, there is a set format to the book of Hebrews, and when these three things are taken together, we can tell what it is. These three things are theme, repetition, and closure. Let’s look at these three in order.
1. The theme of the book of Hebrews is Jesus. This can be seen in the very beginning, where the writer says that “mystery” has been made manifest. Jesus is central to the narrative of the book of Hebrews, and is portrayed as having been born of a Virgin. Jesus is the central focus of the book of Hebrews. There is no question as to who Jesus is throughout the book of Hebrews.
2. There is a theme of redemption. This is seen in the first five verses of the book of Hebrews. These verses deal with the Old Testament sacrifices that were instituted by Moses. The writer explains that Christ has exchanged our sins for the sins of the forgiveness. The writer claims that by sacrificing our sins we have been forgiven. Again, there is no question as to who God has chosen and who He has picked.
3. There is a theme of justification. Again, this is seen in the first five verses of the book of Hebrews. In these verses the writer explains that Jesus was justified by His faith and God’s faithfulness. We have already seen that God has chosen Jesus, and in justification He justifies us.
The Hebrews book of Revelations is the closing chapter to the book of Hebrews. This book of Revelations shows the judgment of mankind that has been inaugurated by Jesus and has continued to His fulfillment. The Hebrews book of Revelations closes with the writing of the book of Revelation to the churches at Jerusalem, Rome, and all the churches. The book of Revelations ends with salvation being poured out on every “hearing” on the earth, and the salvation is being fulfilled on every person “at every “place.”
In summary, all of the Old Testament prophets of God showed the human plan of God, what the Hebrews considered to be the greatest evil of all time – the taking of the Land of Canaan. These prophets could not see the human part in God’s redemption, but it was completed by the “apostles”, the “prophets”, in the “future” world. Jesus did not accept the plan of God. He took the same sins that the prophets took as well. Jesus took more than the Land of Canaan, Jesus took the sins of mankind. He took the sins of God’s faithful people. In Luke 13:23 He was asked what he would be receiving. He answered, “…a place now, and for the time to come, when I shall sit on the throne, before me there will be no end.” The phrase, “at every place”, can be seen in Revelation 3:15 and 19:16. In Revelation 3:15 Jesus was shown as sitting on a scarlet color cloth in the Temple in Jerusalem. This cloth symbolizes God’s Holy of Holies. In verse 19 Jesus is shown again in a temple. He now has His Throne at the mercy of the world.
The Hebrews prophecies said that Jesus would sit on the throne of David, and He would rule all the earth. But then God spoke through Isaiah and said that Jesus would die.
Isaiah 52:7 says, “For the Lord will cause darkness and vexation, and anger, crying to heaven…”
The Jewish people were so bitter and angry at God for rejecting them that they became the enemies of God and his Messiah. This is shown in Isaiah 52:6 where the prophet says that the Lord will cause a shower of water to come upon the earth, yet the wicked will drown in it. The Jewish people were now the murderers of God’s people. It was prophesied that they would come and drown the Messiah.
The Book of Enoch tells how the Messiah came to teach the people good tidings of salvation. In chapter 5:6 it states that “they that have sinned against heaven shall be given up unto angels, until the judgment…” There is no condemnation in this verse, so it means that those who are guilty before God’s judgment seat are either sent to the realm of the dead or have their punishment deferred until the final day.
The Book of Revelation says that when the saints are lifted up, those that are with them will be stunned and unable to speak. These are the ones who will be forever loved and praised forever. Now, think about this. The martyrs are the ones who died to please God, but who were then held in suspense by the religious authorities until their punishment was over. This is why Jesus said that for this reason he came into the world. God had to make a punishment reserved for those who were guilty before God.
The righteous are those who died to please God and who were then raised to life, by the power of the Holy Spirit. They can go home now and rest with Christ in peace. The saints will be taken to heaven. Their reward is in heaven. Why are we here on earth? Here on earth is where we rest, until our reward comes from above. We are sent here to find our reward, but this reward comes more from the Father than from the Son.