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In Hebrews, especially this current chapter, as well as the first verse of chapter two, we read about hearing/listening and my mind is brought to the Hebrew word that has been translated into the English word “obey” 43 times in the King James Version. That word transliterated is “shaw-mah.” According to Strong’s it means:

H8085
שׁמע
shâma‛
shaw-mah'
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.): - X attentively, call (gather) together, X carefully, X certainly, consent, consider, be content, declare, X diligently, discern, give ear, (cause to, let, make to) hear (-ken, tell), X indeed, listen, make (a) noise, (be) obedient, obey, perceive, (make a) proclaim (-ation), publish, regard, report, shew (forth), (make a) sound, X surely, tell, understand, whosoever [heareth], witness.

Our call to “obey,” to “listen” is not something we do impassively but we do it interactively, weighing the value, the cost. I believe it is the invitation given to the prophet Isaiah,

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18 KJVR).

To do anything less than interacting with what we have read and continue to read would cause us to be like those who died in the wilderness, not mixing what we have heard and read with faith.

Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and their provocation and embitterment [of Me] in the day of testing in the wilderness, Where your fathers tried [My patience] and tested [My forbearance] and found I stood their test, and they saw My works for forty years. And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them. Accordingly, I swore in My wrath and indignation, They shall not enter into My rest. [Ps. 95:7-11.]
(Hebrews 3:8-11 AMP)

Just some things to think about.

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