1 Therefore, it is necessary for us to pay particular attention to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
2 For if the things that the angels spoke about have become firm, and every punishment and disobedience has received its just punishment,
3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? From the beginning this was received from the Lord, and it was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
4 God testified to this by signs and wonders, and by various works of power and the distribution of gifts by the Holy Spirit, according to His will.
Last week we look at:
1 The Superiority of Jesus.
2 Paying Attention
The Greek word is:
prosexein – prosexein.
It means to make sure a ship is securely moored, tied up.
Tying up at the quayside is translated as paying particular attention.
- Pleasure seeking.
We all enjoy pleasurable things.
This is the way that God has made us.
However, not all pleasure is of God.
King David knew this, but he still disregarded this knowledge.
2 Samuel 11.1-
 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful,
 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “Isn’t this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?”  Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then she went back home.
 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
Pleasure inflamed his passions, causing him to drift away from the purity of marriage.
As we know later he schemed the killing of Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah.
His sinful desire to have Bethsheba caused him to drift into adultery and murder.
There can be terrible consequences if we do not pay full attention to what God in Christ has revealed.
Others who have drifted away
Jews insisting on circumcision
Peter’s different behaviour when amongst Jews
Lovers of money – 1 Tim 6.10:
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
James gives us a warning about not paying attention to what God says, James 1.5-6:
 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.