When one reads the first two chapters of Genesis, the phrase “and God said” repeatedly occurs.
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Having prefaced his words to the nation Israel with a call to believe the message from God, Isaiah set in order the events that would transpire with the coming of Messiah.
The writer to the Hebrews warns of failing to trust God and thus come short of appropriating the grace promises that result in rest for the soul. “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it” (Heb 4:1 NIV). No doubt the writer was referring to the failure of the Exodus generation to trust God and enter into the land that had been promised.