An exhortation is defined as an address or communication emphatically urging someone to do something. We use exhortations all the time, especially parents of small children. What parent has not told their child to eat all of their food or to clean their room? Exhortations are a way of life and as well they have found their way into the Bible. In the next few weeks we will notice twelve exhortations delivered by the hand of the Hebrews writer.
Hebrews 4:1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.
Therefore ask us to see what came before. In the third chapter of Hebrews, the writer reminds Christians not to fall back into unbelief as those who escaped Egyptian bondage did. Many, as soon as they hear the word fear tense up. Fear, in our culture, is taboo. But God tells us to have fear. What should we fear? We must fear loosing the promise of heaven. There should be fear in our hearts if we have come short of entering God’s eternal rest. Be motivated by your desire to be right with God, to have a home in heaven on day.