indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but
the word they heard did not profit them,
because it was not united by faith in those who heard." Hebrews
The Israelite's Lack of Faith and Obedience:
God had given the Israelites the hope of a promised land. But with
the promise, God expected certain things of them.
Rather than putting their full faith and trust in God and obeying His
commands, the Israelites chose not to have faith in God. They
didn't believe in the promise enough to obey God.
The good news did not profit them, because is was "not united by faith"
(Hebrews 4:2). In Hebrews 3, this lack of faith is described as
disobedience and unbelief:
with whom was He (God) angry for forty years? Was it not with those who
sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom did He swear that
they should not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient?
19 And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief."
Hebrews 3:17-19 (NAS)
Let Us Also Be Careful -- Those of Us Who Have Heard
the Good News of Jesus:
When a person hears the good news of Jesus...he or she also has an
opportunity to believe, to have faith in the promise of God and to obey:
let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you
should seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed
we have had good news preached to us..." Hebrews 4:1-2a (NAS)
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