No Admission to Unbelievers Hebrews chapter 3: Part 4

10 November, 2021

Hebrews 3:16-19 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Who rebelled against God? It was the Israelites -the chosen people/ believers/ children of God and not the unbelievers who provoked God. Moreover they were the redeemed ones (the saved ones) who had already travelled half way through the desert. The wilderness became their burial ground. They weren’t attacked by enemies, rather God destroyed them and they lost their lives.

Why was it so important that what happened in the Old Testament is being mentioned again in the New testament ?

1 Corinthians 10:1- 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud, and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, for they were struck down in the wilderness.These things took place as examples to keep us from craving evil things as they did. Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: “The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to indulge in revelry.”We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes. And do not complain, as some of them did, and were killed by the destroying angel. Now these things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come. So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.

Apostle Paul elaborates the same history here. God led the Israelites under His umbrella of protection. As they passed through the sea, a distinct separation took place- they were separated from their past lifestyle, the Pharaoh, the old traditions and their associates.

Jesus promised to be with each New Testament believer until the very end, but in Moses’ time Christ the Rock and Savior accompanied them and walked with them for 40 years. God performed signs and wonders for them, protected them and provided tonnes of food for them each day and yet they did not believe. This is written in the New Testament so that the present day believers should take know of this and not do it.

Despite God’s provision for each day, they indulged in revelry instead of worshipping Him. They made idols and worshipped them. Apostle Paul also warns us against sexual immorality, testing God and being a complaint box – all of these stirs up God’s anger. They were God’s redeemed ones whom He personally and supernaturally led but through lustful, evil, immoral, grumbling natures they angered God.

So the one who thinks he is standing firm should be careful not to fall. There are chances to fall from faith that would prevent you from reaching your final destination. And therefore, we need to be careful and guard our faith with the help of the Holy Spirit.

The wilderness generation: All of us will go through such a phase in our lifetime – the wilderness experience.

There are some specialities we go through in the wilderness:

The wilderness test: Jesus was tested by the devil while in the wilderness.

Things may not be smooth and go well with you while in the wilderness, but that’s where you’ll witness daily miracles. When the Israelites entered the promised land, the supernatural provision of Manna ended as they were naturally in a land flowing with milk and honey. You experience miracles every single day while in the wilderness

The wilderness will become a blooming garden!! If you follow God and finish the wilderness stretch without turning to idolatry, sexual immorality, disbelief or a complaining mode; you’ll experience great blessings and rest.

Jude 1:5 – Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe.

The One who delivered them later destroyed them.

God destroyed the unbelievers in the wilderness and welcomed only the believers in the land of Canaan. No admission to unbelievers in Canaan and in Heaven.

The key to entering rest is belief. Their disbelief prevented them from entering the promised land. It was not the sin or lack of encouragement/ miracles or the circumstances that prevented them, but their disbelief that hindered them from entering Canaan.

Our Father is all powerful and an all possible God and He expects us children to believe in Him; for He is able to bring us out with triumph in every situation.

The Israelites had a very good start. The start of their exodus itself was a supernatural miracle, where every firstborn in the land of Egypt was killed by an invisible person, while the Israelites’ lives were spared due to the sacrificial blood of the lamb that was applied on their doorposts. They left Egypt after the passover and witnessed miracles each day and each moment. But in the course of their journey, they lost their faith and only two entered the promised land which was their final destination, the rest were destroyed by God in the wilderness.

In every competition, only those who finish well will be rewarded. They may not have had a glorious start, but they finished well through perseverance and determination. The same is applicable with our lives – your background, your childhood, your schooling/college life, financial status doesn’t matter. How you’re going to finish the race is what really matters!

Ecclesiastes 7:8 – The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride.

Initially, the Israelites had the faith to leave Egypt but later they were willing to forsake God’s blessings and promises, and repeatedly planned to return to Egypt just to escape their present sufferings. And hence, God was not pleased with them. Had they persisted and fully obeyed God, they’d have entered Canaan in 11 days by foot and in today’s times it just takes 20 minutes to fly to Canaan and less than 8 hours on road to get there. Instead, it took them 40 long years to cover the same distance and a new generation, Joshua and Caleb who believed in God entered Canaan-They entered God’s rest! This is a warning for us now. Disbelief should not happen to us and destroy us.

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Ps. Damien Antony 

BRev. Damien Antonyorn and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.