Hardening Of Your Heart 14 Torah Portion Reading
How’s Your Hearing Today?
Hebrews 3:7 -4:13
Heb. 3:7-10 Wherefore the Holy Spirit saith To day if ye will hear his voice, 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 3:9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
- A parallel between hearing and obeying (Shema) the Voice of YHWH
- and entering into the rest of YHWH.
- Understanding what it means to enter into His rest
- This is one of the foundation stones upon which He(Paul) bases His argument.
- A prerequisites of entering into His rest is the hearing of His Voice.
- And, once His Voice is heard, to not harden one’s heart against it and refuse to obey His commandments.
- This is exactly what
- happened to that generation which YHWH delivered out of the bondage of Egypt.
Num. 14:22-23 Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 14:23 Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it:
- YHWH gave Pharaoh ten opportunities to repent and obey His commandment to let His people go.
Heb. 3:11-13 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 3:12 Take heed brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living Elohim. 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
- We are to make sure that our heart is not evil and full of unbelief.
- We are also to make sure that our
- brothers do not have an evil heart full of unbelief.
- We are to encourage one another to walk this walk of faith.
- While we cannot force one another to do what is right in His eyes, we can encourage one another.
- Sin is very appealing to the flesh. The flesh likes to sin! Sin feels good! This is exactly what makes sin so very deceitful
- Sin not only is deceitful, but all the while it is left unhindered to do as it pleases, it is also in
- the process of hardening one’s heart.
- Hardness begets sin and sin begets more hardness, until the cycle of hardness is complete and redemption is out of reach and the only thing left is destruction.
Partakers of Mashiach
Heb.3:14 -15 For we are made partakers of Messiah, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 3:15 While it is said To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
- Who is a partaker of Mashiach?
- Those who not only begin the race, but also those who finish the race.
- If a person begins the race but does not finish the race, he will not actually partake of Mashiach.
- We must hear and obey (shema) His Voice in all things. Then
- and only then can we be partakers in Mashiach
Heb. 3:16-19 For some, when they had heard did provoke howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
- We need to learn to hear His Voice and then obey His instructions to us personally. When we hear and
- obey His Voice then we will enter into His rest.
- In order to enter into His rest we are going to need faith.
Heb. 4:1-13 Heb. 4:1 Let us therefore fear lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it 4:2 For unto us was the good news preached as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 4:3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4:4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And Elohim did rest the seventh day from all his works. 4:5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 4:7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of Elohim. 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as Elohim did from his. 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 4:12 For the word of Elohim is quick and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.