I have been thoroughly enjoying my time in the Word this week. I have found it difficult to post, however, as much has been inputted into my heart…too much and too broad to put into words. Every time I open the word, it seems it is all saying the same thing; everywhere confirmation of God’s heart and instruction. It all seems so clear.

I have decided to post a lengthy, but rich passage of scripture, so I can refer back to it now and then. There is really no need to elaborate, as the writer of Hebrews has written very plainly. I will however, highlight the words that leaped off the page, so to speak, as I was reading. There is also one particular point that stood out, which I will close this post with.

Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the decietfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end. 15 While it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?… 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. … 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, … 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. …
5:7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

I found it most interesting that in Hebrews 3:12 and 13 we are called to exhort one another daily that we may not depart from the living God.  Each day, with all our heart, we are to walk, clinging, seeking, in and by the Spirit of God. 

The amplified version describes Jesus reverence for God noted in Hebrews 5:7 as “His godly fear, His piety, in that He shrank from the horrors of separation from the bright presence of the Father.”  Here we see Jesus, who considers being departed from the presence of God, horrifying.  It is this fear, this love for the presence of God, which causes us to seek Him continually, and will keep us in obedience to His Word.

Ultimately, it is our heart’s cry for Jesus that God is interested in.  If our hearts are turned wholly toward Him, we shall see the Glory of God manifest. It is hearts turned wholly to Him, that will hear His voice and can enter His rest;  the rest that is available to us now by His Spirit, and the rest that we shall experience eternally at His ever approaching, glorious coming.

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