THE CITY OF GOD
Sept. 6, 1998
INTRODUCTION: The writer of Hebrews contrasts Mt.
Sinai and the giving of the Law with the heavenly Mt. Zion and
the blessings of grace in the church. This contrast reminds us
that every person will be judged on one of two bases: he will
either be judged by the law or by grace, by his own works or
by Christ’s work, by the provisions of Sinai or by the
provisions of Zion.
In v.18-21, we see fearful sights, sounds, and speech. Mt.
Sinai was an awesome display of the holiness of God. The
primary purpose of all these were to convince the people of the
absolute unapproachableness of God. Sinful man could not
come near Him and live. The God of Sinai is truly a God to be
feared, a God of judgment and of punishment. Mt. Sinai was
the place of the giving of the Law. The Law of God reminds
us that sinners have no way to approach a holy God. Like a
mirror, the Law can show you dirt on your face, but it can not
remove it. The Law shows us our sin, but it has no power to
At Sinai, sinful and unforgiven man stands before an infinitely
holy and perfectly just God. Guilty, vile, and undeserving of
forgiveness, he has nothing to expect from Sinai but God’s
Mt. Sinai is the mountain of the Old Covenant. Mt. Zion is the
mountain of the New Covenant representing the heavenly
Sinai was forbidding and terrifying, Zion is inviting and
gracious. Sinai is closed to all, Zion is open to all. Zion
symbolizes the approachable God. Sinai stands for judgment
and death; Zion for forgiveness and life.
Thank God for an option!
I. A PLACE CALLED HEAVEN. 22
A. SAVED PEOPLE. 22a
v.18 “you have not come”
v.22 “but you have come”
B. SECURE PLACE. 22b
“to Mount Zion” - fortress; a place of protection.
Heaven will be a place where fear will be banished
forever. The believer will live in complet ...
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