Subscribe to receive each blog post via email:

Bookmark and Share

February 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Books for the Journey:

« October 31st One Year Bible Readings | Main | November 2nd One Year Bible Readings »


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

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:

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.

Hebrews 3 emphasizes the hardening of the people's hearts during the rebellion. God declared that the people would never enter his rest, because of their lack of faith in him. I pray that our hearts will never harden and that we can willingly accept God into our lives.

Jesus is greater than Moses. Moses was faithful, and a servant of God, and yet, Jesus is still greater than him. Jesus is our faithful and high priest, who will forever rule over the house of God.

The tiny section from Proverbs teaches that people can have deceit in their hearts but pretend that they are righteous and good. We can't just look at a person and judge them; you have to dig deeper and find out if they are really what they seem to be. Their wickedness and malice may be hidden beneath a curtain of deception. And since God is all-knowing and the one who created all of us, we can turn to him for help also.

Those who don't believe when God calls them will not get to be with God. We should be like Jesus, who was always faithful to God.

This verse must be important. It appeared twice in this chapter: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion."
This reminded my rebellion in the high school, listening to the priest reading the Scripture every night in the chapel but not perceiving it.
Let's not put the good seeds in the rocky place not thorn bushes since God's word is living and active.

The comments to this entry are closed.