July 6, 2017: SOAP #2772: Hosea 6-9; Hebrews 3 Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 3:14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.   15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the [...]

July 6, 2017: SOAP #2772: Hosea 6-9; Hebrews 3

Scripture:  Hebrews (NIV) 3:14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.   15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”   16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt?   17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert?   18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?   19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Observation:   What a terrible truth these verses present.   God kept his promise to Israel, but many individual Israelites did not make it into the promised land!     They exited Egypt but did not enter the Promised Land.     They had heard what God wanted them to do.   They had seen God's miraculous deliverance and provision.   Yet they refused when God directed them to enter.   So, God led them in circles for forty years until that generation died in the wilderness.

Application:   Through faith in Jesus, many people have been delivered from their sins.   They believed His word, confessed their sins, and received His salvation.   Their lives were changed by the Life of Christ that took up residence inside.   But like the Israelites who found out it was more than just being delivered from Egypt, the Christian life is more than just the start of being saved from sin.   Jesus is coming for His Church.   I must continue in the same faith in which I started.   I must end with the same faith in which I started and continued.

Prayer:   Holy Spirit, help me end with the same faith with which I started.   And may it be even stronger at the end than at the beginning!  Amen            

Pastor Leon
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