The author of Hebrews reminds us that what happens if our response is of rebellion and intentional disobedience when God is telling us something.
If God is telling us to go certain way, what will be our response?
I. THE REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE
The rebellious attitude of a Christian is not to obey God or trust in Him.
People of Israel refused to know God and acknowledge that He would provide for them.
Verse 7 is a quote from Psalms 95
Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,”
Meribah means quarrelling and Massah means testing.
This is the place of rebellion recorded in Exodus 17th chapter where Moses struck the rock for water as the Israelites quarrelled and tested God.
Everyone gets a ‘Today’ every day before it becomes yesterday
II. THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE REBELLIOUS ATTITUDE (Verses 9-11)
God was patient with them for 40 years but their hearts were always leading them in a different direction and never tried to know what the Lord’s way was.
We call it today in simple word ‘backsliding’.
But their backsliding was intentional and not innocent action.
So the consequence of their rebelliousness was death in the wilderness for all those who came out of Egypt except Joshua and Caleb.
The main problem with them was their unbelief and distrust.
Consequence of a rebellious heart is ungratefulness, willful disobedience and ignoring God's presence.
When times are hard, we fail to exhibit faith, acknowledge God, and trust HIM.
III. THE WARNING TO THE BELIEVER (Verses 12-15)
How can believers have an unbelieving heart?
Yes believers do possess an unbelieving heart.
There is every possibility that we do go through such situations where we act like people of Israel.
The world we live in is full of temptations and influences that can easily harden our hearts and pull us away from the Lord.
The only way we can survive the devil’s deception is by holding on to our original conviction of a changed and transformed heart.
As Paul says we have to live out salvation every day of our life.
We have to hold on to that salvation experience till the last breath of our life.
Today we are reminded that we are saved people by the grace of God through our faith in Lord Jesus Christ.
Today is the time to respond to HIS voice with a willing obedience and submission.
Today is the right time to repent and seek HIS forgiveness for possessing an unbelieving heart.