“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace?” – Hebrews 10:26-29
What does it mean to trample the blood of Yeshua underfoot? An appeal to an ancient reference sheds some light on the seriousness of the matter. This is from Henry Clay Trumbull’s book “The Threshold Covenant” page 123;
“When a famous idol was destroyed in the temple of Somnauth, during the Muhammadan conquest of India, pieces of the shattered image were sent by the conquerors to the mosks of Meccah, Medina, and Ghuznee, to be thrown down at the thresholds of their gates, there to be trodden under foot by devout and zealous Mussulmans. The accursed idol fragments might be trampled on at the threshold, even while the threshold itself was counted sacred.”
The very fact that Yeshua’s blood was shed for us in the place that is considered the ‘threshold of the world’ also makes this passage in Hebrews more insightful. For from the earliest of ages the threshold of the home was the most important place of a home. This is where anthropologists state that the first altars were placed.
It is fitting that it is at the threshold of the Home Yahweh, on the very threshold of the Exodus, instructs those who will heed His Instruction in Egypt slaughter a lamb or a goat at the doors of their homes, and take its blood from the threshold and place it on the doorposts and lintel. Here was the sign that the inhabitants were welcoming of Yahweh the night he would pass through the land. Given the blood was present He promised to not simply pass by their home, but analysis of the Hebrew shows us that He actually passed over the threshold and into the homes of the obedient.
Ancient sources are replete with references making clear that it was at the threshold of the home where covenant was made, and even to this day in certain places, this is still done. And notably the one entering the home steps over the threshold. It is a great sign of disrespect to step upon the threshold.
Therefore when we reject the work of Messiah, whether outright or by our actions of seemingly accepting it but willfully rebelling against Him, we are in effect coming to the very threshold of covenant, the place where one steps from death into life, and like the Muslims above who smashed the idols of those they conquered on the threshold of their mosques, we treat his blood the same.
What a very scary thing to comprehend. May it never be that we would do such a thing! Rather, let us live every moment in submission to our Master, walking in His Ways and fulfilling our role in His Kingdom.
If you would like to learn more about Threshold Covenant we recommend a teaching on the subject by Rico Cortes on his website WisdomInTorah.com and also a teaching in our Media Section Called ‘Threshold Covenant’ by 119 Ministries which you can find here. In addition we recommend the book referenced above called The Threshold Covenant by Henry Clay Trumbull. It is an excellent resource.
Coastlands Congregation of Messiah is a gathering of believers who have begun the journey of getting back to the Word. We are not afraid to shed the traditions of man in favor of the Word of our King. We exist to encourage one another and be a place to build others up in our Messiah Yeshua. We have discovered the ancient path that Jeremiah spoke about and it has changed our lives and our relationship with God through our Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus). We meet each Shabbat (Sabbath) at 1 PM and are located in Washington, Pennsylvania which is just south of Pittsburgh, PA.
We simply desire to walk in the Ways of our King as best we understand and find our identity firmly grounded in Yeshua’s atoning work.