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“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”  (Hebrews 4:7)  To better understand this scripture, we must realize that it speaks in shepherding terms.   The writer of Hebrews is quoting David,  “For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”.  (Psalm 95:7-8)

We can better understand this important scriptural phrase by visualizing the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep.   A shepherd uses his voice to care for his flock.   His calls lead them to pasture, water and shelter.  In the same way, Jesus calls for souls to follow him.

When Jesus found Peter and Andrew the first thing he said to them was, “’Come, follow me,’… At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matt 4:19)

“Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’” (John 1:43)

Mathew was busy collecting taxes, “’Follow me,’ he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matt 9:9)  

When these men heard the voice of God calling to them they immediately responded, but not all followed.  Therefore, the author of Hebrews warns us, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Blessings,

Joel

 

9 Comments

  1. Dave Wright on October 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Another great video, Joel! Keep up the GOOD work!

  2. Brenda Gifford on October 23, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    They immediately responded……jumps off the page at me….wonder why……
    I love they way you bring the word to life…thank you.

  3. gene on October 23, 2012 at 9:23 PM


    love all your work.

    what cameras were you using when you filmed this particular video?

  4. Glenda on October 23, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Beautiful! Thank you…I want to be like these obedient sheep and follow my Master where ever He may lead me. Bless you.

  5. ruth on October 24, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    wonderful scenes and images… Praise and thanksgiving to God; He is our true shepherd……

  6. Betty Miles on October 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM

    I am like some of our sheep, slow to follow.

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  8. Earl on February 9, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful video. The sheep look so sweet, gentle, and peaceful as they follow the shepherd. The sheep appear to have no fear. If we follow our shepherd and Lord Jesus Christ, we should not fear, because “the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” John 10 : 11

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