The greatest devastation of sin is its potential of hardening your heart to the point you do not believe God’s words of love and blessings for you. It is your hardened heart that will cause you to turn completely from God.
Hebrews 3:15-19 15 “while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
Verse 15 is from Psalms 95:7-8, the same quote referenced in Hebrews 3:7. Verse 16 is a reference to the books of Exodus and Numbers where God used Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and consistently showed His power to them through various signs and wonders. In Numbers 13, however, we read where God showed them the promise land, sent in the spies to see for them how wonderful their new land was and told them He would deliver this land to them. Remember that in the first chapter of Numbers God had Moses number all of the men and placed the sixteen armies strategically on the four sides of the tabernacle. The total of men in this army was 603,500 and did not include boys 20 and under nor women nor girls, just men. Just in sheer numbers the Israelites were a force to contend with, but they had seen God’s hand over and over work miracles for them and do exactly what He said He would do. Numbers 13 ends up with the children of Israel complaining about God and not trusting Him to do what He has said and Numbers 14:1 starts out with them crying all night after the news of the giants seen on the land of Canaan. There rebellion to God was based on their natural fear. I have heard that the acronym for fear is “false events appearing real”, and with few exceptions in life this rings true in the lives of everyone. If a person is born again and truly understands that they will not actually die, but simply drop off this carcass and be immediately in the presence of Jesus, than there should be no fear in a person. Fear leads to doubt, doubt, leads to reason, reason is a lack of faith, and a lack of faith leads to despair. A child of God should never despair, because if God is with us who can be against us, Romans 8:31?
These same people lead miraculously out of Egypt, were ready to appoint a natural leader over Moses and go back into slavery under the bondage of Egypt. I have to ask who in Egypt was going to take care of them if they did go back. The entire army of Pharaoh was wiped out in the Red Sea before their very eyes. Their fear was just stupid from our point of view, to have seen all of the signs and wonders performed by God for His children; to be shown the land He was giving into their hand, only to want to go back under bondage to a land they saw God destroy before their very eyes. We may think this is stupid and yet this type of crazy thinking goes on every day by Christians choosing to not trust what God has already done through the blood of Jesus and they go back to man’s rules and regulations to live by.
Many Pastors use these verses to try proving to their members that God gets angry at His children when they sin or rebel. That’s just not true and if they were to read and understand the book of Hebrews they would see that EVERY sin is under the blood of Jesus. Rebellion is a sign of a lack of faith in God and the Holy Spirit is every ready to help us with our doubts if we just let Him. In the Old Testament God was angry with specific people, but only those who rebelled. He spared Joshua, Caleb, and everyone 20 and under from death in the wilderness and these are the ones He lead into the promise land. Since Jesus, we are the spiritual Joshua generation that God desires to lead into our promise land, do you have the faith to follow Him? Since Jesus died on the cross for our sins, His final words being “it is finished”, we should enter into His rest which was withheld from the children of Israel.
Our rest, our salvation, our healing, our walk with Christ is all wrapped up in our belief of what the word of God says about Jesus and His victory over our sin. Under the New Covenant with God the answer is always yes and amen. There will never be a maybe, there will never be a judgment against us for a sin, but our doubt will keep us from receiving the blessings that come along with being a child of the living God. It is unbelief that keeps Christians so strongly attached to man’s rules and regulations and it is unbelief that has allows Satan to have a hold on the life of a Christian, and it will be unbelief that will keep a person out of heaven not the persons sins.
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