“For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” Hebrews 4:2.
With characteristic simplicity, Jesus told a story about seeds thrown across the bare earth. Some rooted and grew into a fine crop. Many did not, for various reasons.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews makes much the same point, with his own elegant articulation. Here it is: All kinds of people hear the news about Jesus, but why is there such a range of different responses? The good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them.
I remember a rather tender Indian film about a dyslexic boy in a tough boarding school. The difficulties of the child are painfully explored. He received the same information as the others but could not process it. And some receive the information about Jesus but they were not united by faith with those who listened.
In the film, the problem is solved by a loving, perceptive teacher who puts extra time into the situation. Is that the mystery of faith working?
Do you remember those men who carried their paralysed friend to Jesus? The text says “When Jesus saw their faith…” Perhaps, today, I need to have faith for those who find it hard to have faith, to be loving and perceptive and to unite my faith with those who struggle to believe. For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife,..(1 Cor 7).
Thank God for others who believe in me!