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Hebrews 3 : A place where God’s people can rest

v7 God’s Spirit, who is completely good, speaks to us like this:

  ‘You must listen when you hear God speak today.

v8 Do not refuse to listen to him.

  Do not be like *Israel’s people many years ago, when they refused God.

They refused to believe him, in that dry, sandy place.

  v9 There your grandfathers tried to make God do what they wanted.

  For 40 years, they saw the great things that God did for them.

But they refused to believe him.

They refused to wait for him.

  v10 So that is why God was angry with all those people.

  “They always want to do what is wrong”, he said.

“They refuse to obey me.

  v11 I am very angry with them.

  So, I promise this and it will not change:

I prepared a place for them to rest.

 But they will never arrive at the place that I prepared for them.” ’

[Psalm 95:7-11]

Verse 7-11 Many years before, Moses led *Israel’s people away from Egypt, where they had been slaves. God wanted to bring the people to their own country, where they could make new homes. He wanted them to rest there. He wanted them to be happy. But they had to walk a long way through a dry, sandy place to get there. The people were often angry with God. Many times, they would neither believe God nor obey him. (See, for example, Exodus 17:1-7 and Numbers 14:1-35.) So God did not let those people go into the country that he had promised them. He waited 40 years, until all of them were dead. Only their children arrived in the new country.

v12 So be careful, you Christians, who are like my brothers and sisters. Be careful that none of you refuses to believe God. If anyone is really bad deep inside themselves, they will turn away. They will go away from God, who is alive. v13 So help each other every day to go on believing. Do that each day, because the word ‘today’ means ‘now’ for us. Then none of you will want to refuse God because of wrong things. We can tell ourselves that wrong things are not very bad. But if we do wrong things, we are fools. v14 When we became Christians, we believed strongly. We must go on being sure about Christ like that until the end. Then we will *share in everything that is his. v15 We have seen what the Bible says:

  ‘You must listen when you hear God speak today.

Do not refuse to listen to him.

  Do not be like *Israel’s people many years ago, when they refused to obey God.’

[Psalm 95:7-8]

v16 This speaks about all the people that Moses led away from Egypt. They heard God speak. But they refused to listen to him. v17 God was angry with those people for 40 years. They did what was wrong. So they died in that dry, sandy place. v18 God also spoke this serious promise:

‘I prepared a place for them to rest.

 But they will never arrive at the place that I prepared for them.’

[Psalm 95:11]

He was speaking about those people who refused to obey him. v19 So we can see this. They could not go there because they refused to believe God.


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