Rest or Wrath

Hebrews 3:7-11 quotes Psalm 95:7-11:

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known my ways.’
As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

Over in Psalm 95, the antidote for a hard heart is worship. “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!” the psalmist writes. Here in Hebrews 3, however, the writer focuses in on the point of the second half of that psalm – do not harden your heart as the Israelites did in the wilderness.

The terror of the situation is found both in the fact that hard-hearted people “go astray in their heart” and “have not known My ways.” Hard-hearted people don’t know God. So the man has ultimately only two ends: God’s rest or God’s wrath.

As Hebrews 4:10 puts it, “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.”

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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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