Hebrews 3 is taking us back to the time the nation of Israel was brought our of Egypt to the promised land. Note that I did not say into the promised land. Let us also go back and remember some of those events today.
It was after much grumbling that they had the faith to leave Egypt. It was with much grumbling that they crossed the red sea. It was because of grumbling that they could not enter the promised land. It was with much grumbling that they wondered in the wilderness for forty years and the death of all who came out of Egypt had died except the two faithful spies. Even Moses was not allowed to enter the promised land. Do we see a pattern hear?
The people had seen the hand of God work time and time again and still they grumbled about the situation they were in. But what would have happened if they had looked at why God was preforming these miracles? It was because Pharaoh rejected the God of Israel that Moses was sent to bring his people out of Egypt. It was the rejection of God that the gods of Egypt needed to be defeated before Israel could have left Egypt. The problem of rejecting God does not end as the people left Egypt. It comes back again as the people come to the red sea, when they come to the promised land and refuse to take the land and in the wondering forty years in the wilderness. Every time the Israelite s faced a battle it was because someone was rebelling against God.
If it had not been for the faithfulness of God’s people they would have still been in Egypt. Moses was called to lead the people which was not an easy task. The Egyptian were against him and for most of his leading of the Israelites they were also. Yet Moses was faithful to the call that God had placed on him.
The focus of our scripture today is found twice, first in verse 7 and 8 and again in verses 14 and 15. “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” When verses are repeated it is a verse that we need to take note of. Moses heard the voice of God first hand and brought it with him to Egypt sharing it fist with God’s people and then with pharaoh. Because of the faithfulness of Moses he also brought the power of God with him.
If we look at this rebellion we might see that it was caused by people looking at the situation and then deciding if it was right to follow God or do things their way. At the red sea they did not want to die there so they wanted to return to Egypt rather to go on to the promised land. At the promised land they were afraid of the battles to come and refused to go on in. They had refused to listen to the voice of God each time and suffered to results of that sin.
Don’t we often do the same thing today? Do you hear the voice of God? Does his voice make any since to you? In our personal lives how do we decide what to do? Do we go to the word of God and follow it or do we look at the situation and decide what makes the best answer? Too often we take the path of lest resistance only to find out it was the wrong choice. If we had listened to the voice of God even if the road would be more difficult the outcome would be so much better.
Today if you hear the voice of God do not rebel against it. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) put it this way:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God bless you as you follow God.