- Hebrews 3:16-19
- Heb 3:16 (KJB)
- For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that
came out of Egypt by Moses.
- Provoke - Rebelled
- Here the writer is teaching us that those who came out of Egypt under
the leadership of Moses had rebelled against God. The only two of the
original group from Egypt were Caleb and Joshua who believed God. All the
rest had perished in the wilderness because of their unbelief and murmuring.
We are being taught here how dangerous murmuring and rebelling against God
can be, even for a believer.
- Heb 3:17 (KJB)
- But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with
them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
- Was he grieved - Be angry at or displeased
- Carcases - Dead body or corpse
- The evidence for the sinning attitude of Israel is strewn throughout the
first five books of the Bible. The Pentateuch reveals to us that throughout
the wilderness wandering the rebellion of the Israelites was always present
and that is why God had struck them. They were delivered from slavery in
Egypt and their sinful rebellion erupted almost immediately upon leaving
Egypt. That rebellion did not stop until the last one was judged by God and
destroyed and then they went into the promised land under the leadership of
- Heb 3:18 (KJB)
- And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to
them that believed not?
- This verse is a question literally detailing the very sin which
underlies all rebellion against God and that is unbelief. The writer did not
have to go into detail concerning the way unbelief manifests itself because
we see throughout the pages of the Pentateuch what they are, such as
rebellion, murmuring, defiance, complaining, etc. Unbelief is at the root of
all these things. When a person becomes a true believer, they rest in the
Lord. We can see the evidences of unbelief today. Those who have no belief
in God will create systems such as evolution which denies creation. Church
works programs which circumvent the cross. Intellectualism which elevates
man and reduces God to a “concept.” All these unbelievers have no rest. The
rest of God is His salvation. Once a person becomes saved, they no longer
seek the wisdom of the world and the ways of the world. A true Christian
rests in Calvary. A religious Christian, which is a false Christians, rests
in the ways of the world and has no rest because, either you are resting in
Calvary or you are in the world.
- Heb 3:19 (KJB)
- So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
- The summary is very straightforward in that the reason the Israelites
did not enter into the promised land was because of unbelief. They refused
to take God at His word and sought their own ways. Their own ways had gotten
them into trouble and hardened their hearts toward God.