Do Not Harden Your Hearts

Summary

Series: Preeminence

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 3:7-19

Insight

Repeated words: “today”; “provoke”

EXAMPLES FROM THE PAST (vv 7-11)

  • A “hardened heart” of disbelief —> distracted; one of disbelief

    • Provokes God

      • Rebellion and revolt that causes bitterness

      • The children of Israel who were to be “His delight”

    • Tries and tests God (v8) <trial, examination>

      • Tries; puts to the test; tempt

      • Having seen God’s works for forty years

        • Acts 7:36

      • Angers God

        • He swore this generation would not enter rest

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PRESENT (vv 12-13)

  • A Believing Heart

    • Takes care

      • Protection from wrong things; no time in the Word/prayer

  • Encourages (v13)

EVIDENCES FOUND IN PERSISTENCE (v 14)

  • A Transformed Heart

Holds fast until the end

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • One last reminder —> vv 15-19

    • Today . . . while it is today

    • What is the word for you?

      • Take Care

      • Encourage One Another

      • Hold Fast

    • What is the warning?

      • What does a hardened heart look like?

        • Not taking care

        • Not encouraging and being encouraged