Do not remove the ancient landmark. (Proverbs 23:10)
To day if ye will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
[Remember Eve and Adam failed because they did not listen to the voice of God! Adam and Eve was removed from the presence of God in the Garden of Eden because they rebelled against God’s voice–His Command. They wanted to do things their own way. They wanted liberty from God in an attempt to become like God. They were already like God made in His image and likeness.As a result of their disobedience, they could not remain in God’s presence and rest in the Garden of Eden (Heaven). Adam and Eve like the prodigal son, left the kingdom for the wilderness to discover they wanted to return back home with the King or God. They became subject or slaves to sin and Satan in a inhospitable region because they did not listen to the voice of their Creator or King attempting to protect them from sin. They were deceived into failing and missing out on their riches provided freely by God their King. Now they had to work hard to provide for themselves and be slaves to Satan and sin rather than to righteousness and God their King.I digressed here so let’s return to the topic of the Israelites in the wilderness hearing the voice of God.]
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.2 For unto us (was the gospel preached,) as well as unto them:
but the word preached did not profit them, (not being mixed with faith) in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest,) as he said,
[BELIEVE WHAT? THE GOSPEL HEBREWS 4:2]
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 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise,
And God did rest the seventh day (from all his works.)5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not (in because of unbelief:) [SEE VERSE 2]
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. [SEE HEBREWS 3:7]
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, (he also hath ceased from his own works,) as God did from his.
11 ¶ Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall (after the same example of unbelief.)
12 For the word of God (is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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.
2 JOHN 1
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, (as we have received a commandment from the Father.)
5 ¶ And now I beseech thee, lady (THE CHURCH,) not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee,but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning,
ye should walk in it.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, (and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ,) hathnot God.He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 ¶ If there come any unto you, (and bring not this doctrine,) receive him notinto your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker (of his evil deeds.)