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Be Obedient

Hebrews 3:16 - 4:-13


       Why should one serve obediently? Let me suggest three reasons, 1. Fear, 2. Rewards, 3. Love. Some serve obediently because of their fear of what God might do to them. Some serve obediently because they desire the rewards they believe come from obedience. Some serve obediently because they love the Lord. Obviously we need to love the Lord and from that motivation to Be Obedient.


1.   The . . Reminder To Be Obedient. 3:16-19


       A.   A Reminder To Be Obedient from . . Rebellion. 3:16-17

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.


       B.   A Reminder To Be Obedient from . . Restrictions. 3:18-19

18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.


A king had an important job for a trusted servant. He chose two men to decide from, and gave them a chore of draining a well with a basket. The two men began to drain the well and the basket would lose most of the water before they could even get it out of the well. One man said this is a ridiculous assignment I am not going to do it. The other man said “well we are getting paid a good wage so what difference does it make”? The other man quit, while the second man continued. Finally toward the end of the day he drained the well to where he could see a large diamond ring at the bottom of the well. The King wanted to see if he had a true faithful servant.


Why does God ask some kinds of service from us, and seemingly not from others? He may be preparing us for additional service.

The one man’s rebellion caused the other man’s obedience to increase..

Israel’s disobedience reminds us to be Obedient.


2.    The . . Reassurance To Be Obedient. 4:1-7


       A.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Promises. 4:1-2

4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.


       B.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Pattern. 4:3-4

3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath,'They shall not enter My rest,'" although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works";


Illustration         Dirty Room

A friend often told me about the problems he had getting his son to clean his room. The son would always agree to tidy up, but then wouldn’t follow through. After high school the young man joined the Marine Corps. When he came home for leave after basic training, his father asked him what he had learned in the service. “Dad,” he said. “I learned what ‘now’ means.”

Contributed by Jan King, Humor in Uniform, Readers Digest, May, 1996, p. 174.


       C.   The Reassurances To Be Obedient from The . . Passages. 4:5-7

5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest." 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."


In his book, I Almost Missed the Sunset, Bill Gaither writes: Gloria and I had been married a couple of years. We were teaching school in Alexandria, Indiana, where I had grown up, and we wanted a piece of land where we could build a house. I noticed the parcel south of town where cattle grazed, and I learned it belonged to a 92-year-old retired banker named Mr. Yule. He owned a lot of land in the area, and the word was he would sell none of it. He gave the same speech to everyone who inquired: "I promised the farmers they could use it for their cattle." Gloria and I visited him at the bank. Although he was retired, he spent a couple of hours each morning in his office. He looked at us over the top of his bifocals. I introduced myself and told him we were interested in a piece of his land. "Not selling," he said pleasantly. "Promised it to a farmer for grazing." "I know, but we teach school here and thought maybe you'd be interested in selling it to someone planning to settle in the area." He pursed his lips and stared at me. "What did you say your name was?" "Gaither. Bill Gaither." "Hmmm. Any relation to Grover Gaither?" "Yes, Sir. He was my granddad." Mr. Yule put down his paper and removed his glasses. "Interesting. Grover Gaither was the best worker I ever had on my farm. Full day's work for a day's pay. So honest. What did you say you wanted?" I told him again. "Let me do some thinking on it, then come back and see me." I came back within the week, and Mr. Yule told me he had the property appraised. I held my breath. "How does $3,800 sound? Would that be okay?" If that was per acre, I would have to come up with nearly $60,000! "$3,800?" I repeated. "Yup. Fifteen acres for $3,800." I knew it had to be worth at least three times that. I readily accepted. Nearly three decades later, my son and I strolled that beautiful, lush property that had once been pasture land. "Benjy," I said, "you've had this wonderful place to grow up through nothing that you've done, but because of the good name of a great-granddad you never met." "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" (Prov 22:1). -- Fresh Illustrations for Preaching & Teaching (Baker),

from the editors of Leadership.


Gather’s obedience received motivation from all over his home sight, because his grandfather was faithful.

Our faithfulness is motivated by several we have watched

The Promises of God,

The Patterns of God;’s of People, and the

Passages of God;’s Word tell us to: Be Obedient



3.    The . . Resting To Be Obedient. 4:8-13


       A.   The . . Example of Resting To Be Obedient. 4:8-10

8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He

would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.


       B.   The . . Effort of Resting To Be Obedient. 4:11

11 The Word Discovers Our Condition Let us

therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.


Nate Saint was one of several missionaries killed by the Auca Indians in South Africa. He is know to have said, “obedience is not a momentary decision, but a die-cast decision made before hand. Is it any wonder that he remained so brave in the face of death? Obedience takes EFFORT.


       C.   The . . Effective Resting To Be Obedient. 4:12

12 For the word of God is living and

 powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


Illustration         Arabian Horses

Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink.

Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse. We must accept God’s training and obey Him.               Source unknown


       D.   The . . Exposure In Resting To Be Obedient. 4:13

13 And there is no creature hidden from His

sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. NKJV


David Livingstone served faithful as a pioneer missionary to Africa. On one occasion a missionary sending organization expressed interest in sending additional missionaries. The y wrote and asked have you find a good road to the back woods of Africa; we have some missionaries who will come help you if you have.

David wrote back and said, “If they have to have good roads before they will come to Africa, I don’t want them.


We are challenge to:   Be Obedient.

      Reminder To Be Obedient.

              Reassurance To Be Obedient.

                     The . . Resting To Be Obedient.