Presentation on theme: "An Evil Heart of Unbelief"— Presentation transcript:
1An Evil Heart of Unbelief What is it?How is it caused?How can it be avoided?
2Hebrews 3:12-13Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
3BackgroundThe Hebrew Christians had been facing trials and persecutions because of their religion.Some had fallen away.The epistle to the Hebrews was written to encourage the rest not to develop “an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”But what is an evil heart of unbelief?How is an evil heart of unbelief caused?How can an evil heart of unbelief be avoided?
4What Is An Evil Heart?It is not man’s physical heart, but his spiritual heart that can become evil.
5What Is An Evil Heart?“By an easy transition the word [heart] came to stand for man's entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and the emotional elements” (Vine's p. 297).
6What Is An Evil Heart?It is his intellectual, emotional, ethical and volitional natures combined.
7What Is An Evil Heart?It is the seedbed for all things good & evil in man.
8Matthew 12:35; 15:19A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
9What Is An Evil Heart?An evil heart contains mostly evil treasure and is therefore set on evil.
10What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? There are two kinds of unbelief.Doctrinal - Not believing)Practical - Not seeking)
11Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
12What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? There are two kinds of unbelief.Doctrinal - Not believingPractical - Not seeking
13What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? There are two kinds of unbelief.Doctrinal - Not believingPractical - Not seeking
14What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? There are two kinds of unbelief.Doctrinal - Not believingPractical - Not seeking
15What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? Unbelief in the immediate context.
16Hebrews 3:7-11Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.' So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.' "
17Is this doctrinal or practical unbelief? Hebrews 3:16-19For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.Is this doctrinal or practical unbelief?
18"Obstinacy, obstinate rejection Clearly, this is practical unbelief. Hebrews 4:6-7, 11Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 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."Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. "Obstinacy, obstinate rejectionof the will of God."Clearly, this is practical unbelief.
19What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? Belief and unbelief may co-exist.
20Mark 9:14-16And when He came to the disciples, He saw a great multitude around them, and scribes disputing with them. Immediately, when they saw Him, all the people were greatly amazed, and running to Him, greeted Him. And He asked the scribes, "What are you discussing with them?"
21Mark 9:17-18Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not."
22Mark 9:19-20He answered him and said, "O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth.
23Mark 9:21-24So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, "From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"
24Matthew 17:19-21Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?" So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
25What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? An evil heart of unbelief is a heart that is indifferent to what God wants done.That is, it has no intention of obeying God.
26What Is An Evil Heart of Unbelief? The practical unbelief of the Jews is a warning to Christians.
271 Corinthians 10:1-5Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.
281 Corinthians 10:6-7Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written,"The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play."
291 Corinthians 10:8-11Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
30What Causes an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Can be caused by failing to understand the role of tribulations and persecutions.
31James 1:2-4My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
321 Peter 1:6-9In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.
33Matthew 13:21But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
34Luke 8:13But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.
35What Causes an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Can be caused by not fully trusting God.
36Exodus 16:1And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.
37Exodus 16:2-3Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, "Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
38Exodus 17:1Then all the congregation of the children of Israel set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink.
39Exodus 17:2-3Therefore the people contended with Moses, and said, "Give us water, that we may drink." And Moses said to them, "Why do you contend with me? Why do you tempt the Lord?" And the people thirsted there for water, and the people complained against Moses, and said, "Why is it you have brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?"
40Numbers 14:1-3So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, "If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?"
41Numbers 21:4-5Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread."
421 Corinthians 10:13No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
43What Causes an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Can be caused by the love of the world.
441 John 2:15-17Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
45Matthew 13:22Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
46Luke 8:14Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity.
472 Timothy 4:9-10Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica--Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia.
48What Causes an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Can be caused by overconfidence.
491 Corinthians 10:12Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
50How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Avoiding the development of an evil heart of unbelief is a matter of sheer determination.
51How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Don't allow yourself to become indifferent to what God wants you to do.
52John 7:16-17Jesus answered them and said, "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority."
53Acts 17:11These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
54How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? What He wants you to do is found in the Bible.
55How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? He wants the alien sinner to believe, repent, confess his faith and be baptized for the remission of sins.
56Mark 16:15-16And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned."
57Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
58How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? And He wants His children to be faithful unto death.
59Revelation 2:10Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
60How Can One Avoid an Evil Heart of Unbelief? Steadfastness is required for optimum growth.
61Act 2:42And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
62Hebrews 3:12-13Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.