Epistle to the Hebrews (3:7-11)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

“The Holy Spirit says, “Listen to his voice today. If you hear it, don’t be stubborn. You were stubborn when you opposed me. You did that when you were put to the test in the desert. There your people of long ago put me to the test.  For 40 years they saw what I did. That is why I was angry with them. I said, ‘Their hearts are always going down the wrong path. They have not known my ways.’ So in my anger I took an oath. I said, ‘They will never enjoy the rest I planned for them.‘ ” Hebrews 3:7-11

The author gives another warning here. It’s a warning against unbelief. In verse 5, he said that we must hold on to the hope we take pride in. The author is quoting from Ps 95:7-11.

Israel saw God at work when He sent the plagues in Egypt and spared them. They have eaten manna in the wilderness, they are the only humans in history who walked across the red sea, they drank water from a stone, they received the 10 commandments, saw spectacular things going on mount Sinai…We have a long list of what God did for them and for their ancestors. But how is it possible that after everything God did for them, they stopped to believe and turned to foreign gods? I have been trying to find a logical and valid reason but I could not. If an atheist got meat(quail) from heaven in the wilderness, I guess he might reconsider his belief. The Israelites forgot what God did for them for 40 years. They stopped to believe in God even though they knew the miracles He did. Is not that strange? This is human nature I guess. We quickly forget what God did for us and turn to our former way of life? God considered these people “rebel”, “stubborn”,  “erring heart”…In His wrath, God almighty made an oath that Israel will never enjoy the rest God planned for them. Is not it true in Israel nowadays?

The Israelites had enough evidence that God is real. They no longer wanted to follow God’s ways. Give us a golden calf they said even though they knew Moses went to meet God on mount Sinai.

I can look back at history and pin-point out how many times the Israelites were rebellious people and had an erring heart. Over and other again they will turn to foreign gods, marry strangers and do abominable things. Then they will repent and the next generation will do worse things than their fathers. It was like a cycle. It is so easy to look back and blame them, is not it?

But what about us who had God Himself with us? What about us who have a greater privilege, who received the Spirit, who have part of this new covenant and it’s inherent blessings? Are we going to be treated more fairly if we turn away and stop to believe? You saw God doing miracles in your life but now you start to doubt? You no longer want to follow God’s ways and want to do your own things? Your heart has been hardened and God’s words is no longer having any effect, huh?

The warning here is urgent. TODAY if you hear His voice repent. Tomorrow might not be too late, it’s too late. TODAY is the day for repentance. Don’t be stubborn. Look back and consider everything God did for you. Do you doubt God’s work? Have you forgotten and think God no longer cares? Are you just reasoning like the Israelites did? When we read the Psalms, Ezechiel, Exodus etc we have a sad picture of this erring people of Israel. What if a book was written about us Christians?

These people no longer wanted to obey even though they knew what God did for them. Tragic is not it?


Posted April 9, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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