A Call to Worship and Obey
95 Come, let us sing for joy to Yahweh; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; with songs let us shout joyfully to him. 3 For Yahweh is the great God, and the great king over all gods, 4 in whose hand are the unexplored places of the earth, and the heights of the mountains are his, 5 to whom belongs the sea that he made, and the dry land that his hands formed. 6 Come in, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before Yahweh, our maker. 7 For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand. ⌊Today⌋ if you will hear his voice: 8 “Do not harden your heart as at Meribah, as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9 when your ancestors tried me. They put me to the test, even though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation, and said, ‘They are a people whose heart wanders. And my ways they do not know.’ 11 Therefore I swore in my anger, ‘They shall surely not enter into my rest.’ ”
A Serious Warning Against Unbelief
7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers tested me by trial and saw my works 10 for forty years. Therefore I was angry with this generation, and I said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they do not know my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my anger, ‘⌊They will never enter⌋ into my rest.’ ” 12 Watch out, brothers, lest there be in some of you an evil, unbelieving heart, with the result that you fall away* from the living God. 13 But encourage one another ⌊day by day⌋, as long as it is called “today,” so that ⌊none of you become hardened⌋ by the deception of sin. 14 For we have become partners of Christ, if indeed we hold fast the beginning of our commitment steadfast until the end, 15 ⌊while it is said⌋, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who, when they* heard it, were disobedient? Surely it was not all who went out from Egypt through Moses? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose dead bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear they would not enter into his rest, except those who were disobedient? 19 And so we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.