Remember what it says:
“Today when you hear his voice,
don’t harden your hearts
as Israel did when they rebelled.”
16 And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Wasn’t it the people Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose corpses lay in the wilderness? 18 And to whom was God speaking when he took an oath that they would never enter his rest? Wasn’t it the people who disobeyed him? 19 So we see that because of their unbelief they were not able to enter his rest.
When the Bible repeats something we need to give it extra close attention. Again we hear the call for soft, responsive hearts towards God and His Word. If we ask who these people were who missed out on God’s best, the answer comes, ‘They were His saved and rescued people; those delivered from bondage in Egypt: the Old Testament ‘church’ in other words.
The warning is stark and real and worthy of our full attention. Let’s not miss out.
‘With a series of compelling questions, the implications of Ps.95:7-11 are further drawn out. Those who heard and rebelled were the ones who experienced firsthand the goodness of God in bringing them out of Egypt. They had every every encouragement to persevere in faith during their journey to the promised land. But they disqualified themselves from entering his rest because they persistently disobeyed him. That disobedience was because of their unbelief.‘ David Peterson: New Bible Commentary, p.1330.
Warren Wiersbe, helpfully, I believe, makes the comment that the warning is not about potentially losing one’s salvation, but failing to enter fully into our inheritance in Christ.
There’s such a lot at stake!
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