_ Hebrews 3:7-13 says, “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, 8 DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS IN THE REBELLION, IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, 9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TESTED ME, TRIED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FORTY YEARS. 10 THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THAT GENERATION, AND SAID, 'THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN MY WAYS.' 11 SO I SWORE IN MY WRATH, 'THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.' " 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "TODAY," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
The writer of Hebrews exhorts the people not harden their hearts as the Israelites did. First he quotes from Psalm 95; then in verse 12 he exposes the root of the problem, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief.” We will see time and again how Israel feels good when all looks good, but as soon as things look bad they begin to fear and they usually blame Moses for their problems.
Exodus 14:10-12 says, “…When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness?”
Then after Egypt’s defeat, 14:31 says “Thus Israel saw the great work which the LORD had done in Egypt; so the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORDand His servant Moses.”
It says they believed the LORD and Moses, but how long would that last without a heart change?
As they praised the LORD, they believed their enemies of the Promised Land would be immobilized with fear. Exodus 15:14-16 says, "The people will hear and be afraid; Sorrow will take hold of the inhabitants of Philistia. 15 Then the chiefs of Edom will be dismayed; The mighty men of Moab, Trembling will take hold of them; All the inhabitants of Canaan will melt away. 16 Fear and dread will fall on them; By the greatness of Your arm They will be as still as a stone, Till Your people pass over, O LORD, Till the people pass over Whom You have purchased.” This was indeed the case; look at what Rahab the harlet would say 40 years later in Joshua 2:9 "I know that the LORD has given you the land, that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you.” How sad that the LORD had given them the victory, but their unbelief kept them wandering in the wilderness.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan