God has always been speaking and it has always been this message in Hebrews 4:2 “For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as those also did, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united with those who heard it in faith”. The challenge for us is not that we cannot hear God, it is can we believe God? There is then a caution for us in Hebrews 3:12 “Watch out, brothers, lest there be in some of you an evil, unbelieving heart, with the result that you fall away from the living God”. This message is repeated three times in close succession in Hebrews 3:15 ‘while it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” which means, we are to trust God completely and rest in Him and he says, “Therefore, let us make every effort to enter into that rest” in Hebrews 4:11.
Today, If You Hear His Voice
God has always been speaking and just as he did in the past, he still speaks today by the Holy Spirit as it says in
Hebrews 3:7 (LEB) “Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice” ’
but there is a caution to us and an example of people that missed God’s best because, while the heard the words, they did not believe God would fulfill them in
Hebrews 3:8–10 (LEB) “do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers tested me by trial and saw my works 10 for forty years. Therefore I was angry with this generation, and I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they do not know my ways.’
The example here is that when Moses came to the children of Israel in Egypt, he came with a promise that God was going to free them from their slavery and give them land as their inheritance. God did free them from slavery in Egypt but instead of pressing forward to receive the promise God had for them, the complained and “rebelled” acting on their circumstance rather than on God’s promises. God says of them, “they did not know my ways”. This is instruction for us, that we must learn God’s ways and this isn’t burdensome, in fact, Jesus said it was easy and that if we do, we would find rest in
Matthew 11:29–30 (LEB) “Take my yoke on you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to carry and my burden is light”.
Encourage One Another Day By Day
We Also Have Had The Good News Proclaimed To Us
We have received the gospel that frees us from slavery to sin. Through Jesus Christ, we are made righteous and He delegated to us His authority in
John 16:23–24 (LEB) “And on that day you will ask me nothing. Truly, truly I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete”.
and sealed us (gave us) the Holy Spirit with gifts and power to confirm God’s word with signs following so we could live in this age.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (LEB) “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for what is beneficial to all”.
Since we have God’s promises, since we have authority through the name of Jesus, since we have this anointing and power by the Holy Spirit, we now understand this statement in
Hebrews 4:1–2 (LEB) Therefore let us fear, while there remains a promise of entering into his rest, that none of you appear to fall short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as those also did, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united with those who heard it in faith.
The Word of God Is Living And Active
The message here is about those that did not “enter in” even though “the good news was proclaimed” in
Hebrews 4:6 (LEB) “Since therefore it remains for some to enter into it, and the ones to whom the good news was proclaimed previously did not enter because of disobedience”
and these are described as hard-hearted, rebellious, not having faith, not knowing God’s ways though, for them, their shoes did not wear out, they were fed quail from heaven and manna from heaven and water poured out from a rock, they still struggled and could not believe that God was doing em what he had promised. For us, he says “Therefore, let us make every effort to enter into that rest” in Hebrews 4:11 and he means, let us trust completely in God to perform His word on our behalf because he knows our thoughts in
Hebrews 4:12 (LEB) “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, both joints and marrow, and able to judge the reflections and thoughts of the heart”.
Let Us Approach With Confidence To The Throne
- Hebrews 3:7–11 Today, If You Hear His Voice
- Hebrews 4:1–5 We Also Have Had The Good News Proclaimed To Us
- Hebrews 4:6–13 The Word of God Is Living And Active
- Hebrews 3:1-19
- Hebrews 4:1-16