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Summary: To show that we no longer have wilderness experiences and no hardness of hearts.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have hardened hearts?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we no longer have wilderness experiences and no hardness of hearts.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 3:8 (Amplified Bible)

3:8 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,

V. THESIS:

I don't have hardness of heart.

Hebrews 8:10 (Amplified Bible)

8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will imprint My laws upon their minds, even upon their innermost thoughts and understanding, and engrave them upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

VI. TITLE:

Do not harden your hearts

VII. EXPLICATION:

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. Like in Israel's rebellion

"Do not harden your hearts, as [happened] in the rebellion [of Israel] and"

Harden means render stubborn.

Notable hardness of heart in the Bible:

Pharaoh of Egypt hardened his heart.

Exodus 8:15 (Amplified Bible)

8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was temporary relief, he made his heart stubborn and hard and would not listen or heed them, just as the Lord had said.

The Israelites hardened their hearts.

Jeremiah 7:26 (Amplified Bible)

7:26 Yet the people would not listen to and obey Me or bend their ears [to Me], but stiffened their necks and behaved worse than their fathers.

The 12 Apostles

Mark 6:52 (Amplified Bible)

6:52 For they failed to consider or understand [the teaching and meaning of the miracle of] the loaves; [in fact] their hearts had grown callous [had become dull and had lost the power of understanding].

The Pharisees

Mark 8:17 (Amplified Bible)

8:17 And being aware [of it], Jesus said to them, Why are you reasoning and saying it is because you have no bread? Do you not yet discern or understand? Are your hearts in [a settled state of] hardness?

The Jews

John 12:40 (Amplified Bible)

12:40 He has blinded their eyes and hardened and benumbed their [callous, degenerated] hearts [He has made their minds dull], to keep them from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their hearts and minds and repenting and turning to Me to heal them.

The Israelites

1 Samuel 6:6 (Amplified Bible)

6:6 Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had done wonders and made a mock of them, did they not let the people go, and they departed?

Hebrew Christians

Hebrews 3:13 (Amplified Bible)


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