Grace For Your Day June 12, 2023

The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of listening to God. For example, consider the following passages:

Deuteronomy 6:4 says:
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Proverbs 8:33 says:
Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.

Isaiah 55:3 says:
Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;
And I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David.

John 5:25 says:
Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 8:47 says:
He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.

John 10:27 says:
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Romans 10:17 says:
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Hebrews 2:1 says:
For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

Hebrews 4:7 says:
He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

Revelation 3:20 says:
Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.

Revelation 3:22 says:
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The reason the Bible makes such a big deal of this subject is because a man cannot be saved without listening to God’s Word. A sinner does not have the ability find his way to heaven on his own without its guidance because he is dead in his sins. He is enslaved to the flesh. He is confused and lost and blinded by the devil which is why he needs to pay attention to Scripture.

When the Lord speaks through the Bible, he needs to hear what God is saying so he can trust in the saving Gospel and be rescued from the wrath that is to come. A man cannot be “stick-necked” or stubborn when he comes to church which is what we are going to talk about this week in our next passage in the Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 12:25 says:

See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when refused Him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.

The reason this passage is so important is because it is the last warning that is given to us in this book. After this, the writer will go on to talk about several practical matters such as the need to show hospitality for strangers (13:2), visit people in prison (13:3), and keep yourself free from the love of money (13:5). However, before he gets there, he wants to remind his audience one more time of the necessity of listening to “Him who is speaking” because God is speaking to them. The Lord is talking to these Jewish Christians and telling them about the saving love of Christ but it will only help them if they take it seriously.

Do you realize that God is speaking to you today? Do you understand that He is talking to you through His Word and telling you about Jesus? Are you taking it seriously?

If not, then you need to repent of it because God will punish all who trifle with His Word. You need to approach Him with “reverence and awe for our God is a consuming fire” (verses 28-29).

Please join us as we talk about that this Sunday morning. The service begins at 9:30.

– Jeremy Cagle