It’s been a while. I must say that’s I’ve been a little distracted, lazy and just not living in my greatness 🙂 But I’m back and ready to jump in!
Just a reminder of where I left off…Hebrews 3:15-19
15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”[a]
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
The last post was just a broad understanding of this text. Please visit the previous post if you missed it. So let’s dive down a little deeper…
Let’s first lay the foundation for the book of Hebrews before focusing in on chapter 3:15. The book of Hebrews was written to believers with the purpose of showing that God is perfect, mighty and the ruler of all. These writings were to remind them that though they are being treated poorly and oppressed, God is still in control. These writings are to encourage them to stay the course and not give up on their hope of being restored. To sum it up, He did it before for you, He will do it again!
The author is reminding the people in chapter 3 verse 15, of their ancestor’s underestimation of God. He’s saying listen to me! Do you not remember, have you not heard how God dealt with those that chose to not listen and believe in His promises to them. The author cautions them to remember that it was God that lead their people out of bondage before, but because they, the people he leads out did not believe, challenged God, harden their hearts to His word; those that were led out did not live to see the promise land. He’s saying I know what you’re going through, but when you hear God, LISTEN, and TRUST because he will make good on His promise.
So tonight, I challenge and caution you. You may be in a situation where you’re being treated poorly or feeling oppressed and you’ve heard God’s voice. God has told you how to handle this situation and maybe even shown you where it is leading you. If you can, think about a time that He’s done this for you in the past. Maybe you’ve never experienced hearing His voice, but you’ve heard of how He’s spoken into a family member or a trusted friend’s life and how His words came to past. You’ve seen or heard about how they were set free, and guided to the promise by His words! I challenge you to do this because I want to encourage you to not turn away from His words. Remember how He’s delivered, trust, believe, and keep your hope. A mini piece of FAITH is all you need.