“For who were they who heard and yet were rebellious and provoked Him? Was it not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses?” Hebrews 3:16 Amplified
Our 3:16 verse for today out of Hebrews talks about the Israelites, they are the who the writer asks about. We often think in our modern times that we would never doubt God and the mighty works He did for the Israelites bringing them out of bondage in Egypt. We wonder about those mentioned in this verse, who heard and were rebellious, how could they do that? What caused them to doubt and become rebellious? What caused Thomas to doubt when he “heard” that Jesus had risen and was alive?
For most people seeing is believing, in order to have faith they must already know. Faith in God however is just the opposite, we must believe to see. In Hebrews 3:8 it says, “Do not harden your hearts, as happened in the rebellion of Israel and their provocation and embitterment of Me in the day of testing in the wilderness.” Part of rebellion and hardening of the heart is unbelief and doubt. In order for someone to be born again they must believe that Jesus died for their sin and rose again. Did they see it? Of course not, but they must believe it first. It is when we believe what He did for us that we are able to see and understand God and all He has for us.