May 18, 2020 Christopher Campbell

The Sermon Continues: An Exhortation from Hebrews 3:7-8

The Sermon Continues: An Exhortation from Hebrews 3:7-8

Reading from God’s Word

Hebrews 3:7–8 ESV

7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,

Exhortation from God’s Word

God has spoken.

Hebrews begins with this truth: “in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Heb 1:2).

God is speaking.

Hebrews 3:7 continues: “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says.”

Church - Listen!

Let us not be satisfied with what was heard yesterday, nor procrastinate for what may be heard tomorrow.

The word of God stands forever (Is 40:8). The word of God stands Today! May we likewise treasure God’s word more than our daily food (Job 23:12).

The phrase “if you hear” does not communicate an invitation to schedule as our calendar permits. Rather, it communicates God’s desire that we hear Him!

Church - Obey!

We have no benefit in hearing only. The phrase “If you hear” might also be understood as “if you obey.” Hearing without obeying makes us more liable to judgment! (see 2 Pet 2:20-21, Matt 7:21-23).

We, as God’s Church, are known as people who obey the voice of God! Obedience demonstrates that we believe God and take His Word seriously.

Let us not selectively hear/obey. Example: We have no reward if we love God and do not love one another.

May we pause now, read Hebrews 3:7-8 again, and ask God to help us hear and obey.