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Hebrews 3:7 – 4:11
Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
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 deceitfulness 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? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 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. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
“So I swore in My wrath,‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever! Hebs 13:8
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Declarations of fact, regardless of what situation I am in or how I’m feeling:
- The Word of our God stands forever! Isaiah 40:8
- The Mercy of the LORD endures forever! Psalm 118:1
A friend sent me this picture and the commentary of it below. It is a beautiful picture and message. Praying you will be blessed by it this Christmas.
This picture. It takes my breath away. I first saw this beautiful drawing from Monastery Candy last year and I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since.
If you take a few minutes to really look at this picture, I think you will be just as captivated by it as I am. I think the thing that grabbed my attention the most was the bringing together of two very well-known women of the Bible – Eve and Mary. I mean, seeing them together doesn’t make sense, they aren’t even mentioned in the same BOOK of the Bible. Or are they?
Not by name, at least.
First let’s look at Eve – the despair on her face. It’s the face of the knowledge of sin and shame. The forbidden fruit, still in the clutches of her hand. The serpent, still with his tight grip coiled around her leg – the same evil that holds so many of us captive today. And her hand outstretched….
Sweet Mary, obedient Mary. Could you imagine being a teenager and being told that you would give birth to the Messiah? See the compassion on her face as she gently comforts the ashamed Eve. And that serpent that once held Eve and mankind captive? Just like Genesis 3 prophesied, the baby she is carrying will crush the head of the serpent. All because of the One thing that she and Eve have in common.
The Babe in Mary’s womb.
The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Eve and Mary… two women you wouldn’t think to talk about in the same sentence, yet two women whose stories were woven together from the very beginning. From the fall to glory, let us not forget this Christmas that we are celebrating the beginning of redemption from the fall in the garden so many years ago. The King has come, and salvation is here.
“Oh death, where is your sting? Oh hell, where is your victory?”
(From Blacktop to Dirt Road)
Listen to today’s message here:
John 10:22; Luke 1:11-38
For more information of the timing of Jesus’ birthday: The related timings of the births of Jesus and John the Baptist
Shepherds in Bible times didn’t use sheep dogs or 4×4 vehicles! They actually led their sheep to green pastures. The Risen Lord Jesus is our Good Shepherd, our Great Shepherd, and has always led His people! John 10:11