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Be Obedient    Hebrews 3:16-4:7, 9-13    September 24, 2006


       Why should one serve obediently? Let me suggest three reasons, fear, rewards, love. Some serve because of their fear of God. Some serve because they desire rewards. Some serve because they love the Lord. Obviously we need to love the Lord and from that motivation to Be Obedient.


1.   The . . Reminder To Be Obedient. 3:16-19

       A.   A Reminder To Be Obedient from . . Rebellion. 3:16-17

              16 For who heard and rebelled? Wasn’t it really all who came out of Egypt under Moses?

       17 And with whom was He “provoked for 40 years”? Was it not with those who sinned, whose

       bodies fell in the desert?


              1.    Note the term rebellion.    v 16

              2.    Note the term Provoked.    v 17a

              3.    Note the term sinned.         v 17b


       B.   A Reminder To Be Obedient from . . Restrictions. 3:18-19

18 And to whom did He “swear that they would not enter His rest,” if not those who disobeyed?

       19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.


              1.    Note the term disobeyed.  v 18

              2.    Note the term unbelief.      v 19


       We are reminded to be obedient through the past rebellion of God’s people. We also note the forty years of restrictions God placed upon the people because of their lack of obedience. Does this teach us anything about obedience, or the lack of it? We notice the rebellion of the people in the words like, “rebellion” in verse 16, “provoked” (exasperated) in verse 17, and also “sinned” in verse 17. When we note the restriction placed by God on this people because of disobedience we must be alerted to the blessings in contrast for our obedience.


2.   The . . Reassurance To Be Obedient. 4:1-7

       A.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Promises. 4:1-2

              1 Therefore, while the promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear so that none of you

       should miss it. 2 For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they

       heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith


       B.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Pattern. 4:3-4

3 (for we who have believed enter the rest), in keeping with what He has said: So I swore in My anger,

       they will not enter My rest. And yet His works have been finished since the foundation of the world,

       4 for somewhere He has spoken about the seventh day in this way: And on the seventh day God rested

       from all His works.


       C.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Passages. 4:5-7

5 Again, in that passage [He says] , They will never enter My rest. 6 Since it remains for some to

       enter it, and those who formerly received the good news did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again,

       He specifies a certain day—today—speaking through David after such a long time, as previously stated:

       Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.

       We receive from these verses some reassurance to be obedient from the promises, pattern, and passages of

the text. Verse one states “the promise remains.” We may apply that promise today as it still remains, and those who obey will receive the promised blessing. The great scholar A. T. Robertson said, “the parallel holds as to

the promise, the privilege, the penalty.” Isn’t it interesting to note the word “faith” in connection with the term good news, (HCSB), or gospel (KJV), preached to them? Hearing needs to be mixed with the faith. We cannot

display faith without obedience. The pattern comes from the work of God and the example of Jesus and His

faithful children. Passages of scripture serve to guide us in obedience. I find the words “through David”

(HCSB), or “in David,”(KJV) interesting. Where would you look for words in David. I think most would look

in the Psalms, and we would certainly find many words there encouraging obedience.


3.   The . . Resting To Be Obedient. 4:9-13

       A.   The . . Example of Resting To Be Obedient. 4:9-10

              9 A Sabbath rest remains, therefore, for God’s people. 10 For the person who has entered His rest has

       rested from his own works, just as God did from His.


       B.   The . . Effort of Resting To Be Obedient. 4:11

11 Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of



       C.   The . . Effective Resting To Be Obedient. 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as

       far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.


       D.   The . . Exposure In Resting To Be Obedient. 4:13

13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to

       whom we must give an account.


Can you ever rest and be obedient? I like the statement you must come apart or you will come apart.

Jesus’ work of ministry is sprinkled with withdrawals for private times of prayer, and teaching. Of course this “rest” is like the rest of, Rev 14:13, “Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works

do follow them” (KJV). Note this verse says their works follow them, and does not say they proceed them; as

works do not cause our entrance to heaven, but the rewards we receive in heaven. There is the example from those who found this rest. And the effort they put forth through their faith and obedience guaranteed their entering this rest. Information about this rest comes further from the effective Word of God. It judges the ideas and thoughts of the heart. Of course nothing is hidden from Him but His spiritual sight exposes us. Therefore let us Be Obedient. Amen? Amen!