Unbelief Shut Them Out of the Promise Land (Hebrews 3:15-19)

“As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief” (Hebrews 3:15-19)

Unbelief shut the Israelites out of the promise land. They saw the mighty works of God for many years in the desert and chose disobedience instead of trusting the one who provided for them. Because of their hardness of heart they were unwilling to rely on God and follow in the plan he had for them. The result was doing it their own way, causing them to wander through the wilderness for forty years. During that time they provoked and blatantly disobeyed God. The result was not entering into the land He promised their forefathers. This was His plan and desire for them but their unwillingness to believe kept them out.

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Having Confidence in Christ (Hebrews 3:14)

“We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first” (Hebrews 3:14)

In Christ we are built on a firm foundation. This foundation built the heavens, the earth and everything we see around us. He is the sole expression of God’s glory and holds the eternal position as Savior seated in the heavenly realm at the right hand of God the Father. As believers, we too have come to partake in Christ and all that He has for us if we hold firm until the end, the confidence we had at first.

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Finding Encouragement in One Another (Hebrews 3:12-13)

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:12-13)

I received a phone call the other day from a young friend. It was a girl I’ve known for a while, I’ve watched her grow up as I’ve worked for her dad many years. She’s just out of college, starting her career and looking forward to her future. She had just started attending a class at her church geared toward growing in the Word. Throughout this process the leaders were encouraging the members to find mentors while going through the program. Although we haven’t had much contact in the past few years the Lord kept placing me on her heart. When I received the call I was immediately excited because I knew the benefit to such a relationship. I had several mentors throughout my young life and the outcome was both positive and life changing. I was honored and blessed that the Lord chose and entrusted me with this amazing gift.

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Entering into His Rest (Hebrews 3:10-11)

“That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.' So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' “(Hebrews 3:10-11)

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“There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:9-11).

We are called into a Sabbath rest as people of God. Many assume this means resting on Sunday. However it is much more than this. We enter into this rest when we accept Jesus by faith. He is the literal fulfillment of the Sabbath Day. Just as God rested after creation was finished because there was nothing left to create. Jesus rested after He redeemed mankind from the power of darkness (Hebrews 1:3). We enter into this rest when we look to Jesus to save us because it is done and complete. It is finished! Nothing else needs to be done in order to secure our salvation. Jesus is the guarantee of this promise. Since He is resting at the right hand of God because His work is complete, we too can rest securely in Him.

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Sanctification is a Process (Hebrews 3:10-11)

“That is why I was angry with that generation, and I said, 'Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.' So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.' “(Hebrews 3:10-11)

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One of the major problems the Israelites experienced was that their preconceived notions overruled their experience. God wanted them to trust Him. He proved Himself faithful year after year and yet the people were oblivious to it. They saw the works He did and instead of engaging in an intimate relationship with Him they ungratefully turned against God.

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