Reading: Psalm 95, Hebrews 3:1-4:13
Summary: The writer of Hebrews draws upon the distinction between those people of Israel who were allowed to enter the promised land and those who were not (about whom we read in week one of this month). He observes how those who died in the wilderness had been ones who had received God’s blessings, yet were not permitted to enjoy the ultimate destination. Like that, Christians are such as ones who have been blessed by God, but they too may fall short of the ultimate destination. “Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience” (Heb. 4:11).
In Hebrews 3, the writer relies heavily on the words of Psalm 95.
Why “No God” is So Popular
Do you ever wonder why people seem so ready and willing to accept the notion that there is no God? I do.
I think Psalm 95 provides a good part of the answer.
Besides referencing the Israelites’ experience in the wilderness (the reason for which the Hebrews writer quotes from it in Hebrews 4:7), he first speaks of the creation:
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
The creation belongs to God because He made it. Simple enough.
Now watch what he does: “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!” (v. 6).
Did you catch that? He is our maker too. If He’s our maker, then we belong to Him. And if we belong to Him, we owe Him something–at the very least, reverence and praise and thanksgiving (see vv. 1, 2, 6). We are answerable and accountable to Him.
That’s it. That’s the reason why people don’t want God to be. That’s the reason why humanity has latched on to explanations of origins (think evolution, big bang, etc.) that require no God. If He didn’t make us, we are not answerable to Him.
But He did; and we are.