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Summary: The teaching of how the word of God can help us not make the same mistakes the Hebrews made in the desert.

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I INTRODUCTION

A The human condition without God’s Grace is dim at best

B Without God’s Grace human hearts become:

1 Rebellious

2 Wayward

3 Ignorant

4 Undiscerning

5 Evil

6 Faithless

7 Hardened

8 Deceived

9 Disobedient

C The recipients of the Hebrews epistle were headed to a fate similar to the rebellious Hebrew pilgrims of the Old Testament

1 This is not an account of casual drifters, but deliberate deserters.

i Hebrews 3:8 - Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

D We can also avoid a similar fate by observing 4 things concerning God’s Word

II HEAR THE WORD

A Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

B Hebrews 3:15 – “today if you will hear his voice”

C We must read the word of God

1 Privately

2 Personally

3 Meditating on its message

D Each day demands a fresh appointment with God

1 Bible reading

2 Prayer

3 This Must Not Be Hurried or Rushed

E Society has discouraged discipline and despised authority

1 It’s easy to see how this is harmful to Christian Obedience

F The Christian who does not seek personal, spiritual cultivation

1 Will not progress in spiritual maturity

G The writer (Hebrews) encourages

1 Attendance at public worship

2 Bible study

3 Opportunities for Christian teaching

i Hebrews 10:25 - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

III BELIEVE THE WORD

A It’s one thing to “read” it: it’s another to accept it (in responsive faith)

B A person with an unbelieving heart will

1 “departing (fall away) from the living God” (Heb. 3:12)

C How can we know the author if we refuse to accept the word

1 Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

D The Hebrews (old testament) fell in the wilderness because of unbelief

1 Note** “Their lust for the immediate, lost their hope in the ultimate”

2 They did not combine their faith with the God-given word

i Hebrews 4:2 - For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

IV OBEY THE WORD

A James 1:22 - But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

B We can’t simply hear and believe; we must also act

1 Immediately

2 Without reservation

3 Express our faith towards its commands

C Those who were disobedient lost their reward

1 Hebrews 4:6 - Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief (Disobedience):

D The writer urges the Hebrews to make daily progress and to strive forward in hope of not falling by disobedience

1 Hebrews 4:11 - Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (disobedience).


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