Summary: To show that we need to grow more in our relationship/experiential knowledge of the LORD JESUS and grow in our relationship with Him.
Do you know and have relationship with JESUS?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that we need to grow more in our relationship/experiential knowledge of the LORD JESUS and grow in our relationship with Him.
Hebrews 3:10 (Amplified Bible)
3:10 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.
Grow in the knowledge of JESUS and Grow in our relationship with Him.
Displeased with this generation
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. They always err and are led astray in their hearts
"And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts,"
Err means: (Greek word: "planao") [verb]
1. to cause to stray, to lead astray, lead aside from the right way
2. to lead away from the truth, to lead into error, to deceive
3. to be led away into error and sin
Hearts means: (Greek word: "kardia") [noun:feminine]
1. of the soul so far as it is affected and stirred in a bad way or good, or of the soul as the seat of the sensibilities, affections, emotions, desires, appetites, passions
2. of the will and character
3. of the understanding, the faculty and seat of the intelligence
4. the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavours
Psalms 78:8 (Amplified Bible)
78:8 And might not be as their fathers—a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that set not their hearts aright nor prepared their hearts to know God, and whose spirits were not steadfast and faithful to God.
Isaiah 28:7 (Amplified Bible)
28:7 But even these reel from wine and stagger from strong drink: the priest and the prophet reel from strong drink; they are confused from wine, they stagger and are gone astray through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble when pronouncing judgment.
Hosea 4:12 (Amplified Bible)
4:12 My people [habitually] ask counsel of their [senseless] wood [idols], and their staff [of wood] gives them oracles and instructs them. For the spirit of harlotry has led them astray and they have played the harlot, withdrawing themselves from subjection to their God.
Hosea 4:12 (The Message)
4:12 They ask questions of a dead tree, expect answers from a sturdy walking stick. Drunk on sex, they can't find their way home. They've replaced their God with their genitals.
Romans 1:28 (Amplified Bible)
1:28 And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (Amplified Bible)
2:10 And by unlimited seduction to evil and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing (going to perdition) because they did not welcome the Truth but refused to love it that they might be saved.
2:11 Therefore God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false,
2:12 In order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe in [who refused to adhere to, trust in, and rely on] the Truth, but [instead] took pleasure in unrighteousness.
Even Israel is GOD's Chosen People and Nation, they don't believe in GOD, they don't come to Him by faith. They are like unbelievers of the Word, even they heard the Truth, they rejected knowledge of the Truth.
B. They have no relationship with the LORD
"and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them."
Psalms 95:10 (Amplified Bible)
95:10 Forty years long was I grieved and disgusted with that generation, and I said, It is a people that do err in their hearts, and they do not approve, acknowledge, or regard My ways.
Psalms 147:20 (Amplified Bible)
147:20 He has not dealt so with any [other] nation; they have not known (understood, appreciated, given heed to, and cherished) His ordinances. Praise the Lord! (Hallelujah!)