Hebr.3 Remain True

REMAIN TRUE

Hebrews 3:1-15 September 17 2006

Hebrews 3 contains both a comparison and a
contrast of Jesus and Moses. This would be of
great interest to Jewish Christians who held
Moses in very high esteem. In spite of his great
accomplishments, Moses never achieved what
Jesus accomplished.

1. Remember (Heb. 3:1-6)

Hebr. 3:1   Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the
heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the
apostle and high priest whom we confess. 3:2   He was
faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses
was faithful in all God’s house. 3:3   Jesus has been
found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the
builder of a house has greater honor than the house
itself. 3:4   For every house is built by someone, but
God is the builder of everything. 3:5   Moses was
faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to
what would be said in the future. 3:6   But Christ is
faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house,
if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we
boast.

This introduces God as the One who built everything.
Everything may refer to material creation as well as
the church. God’s role is exalted to lift up the
greatness of the glory of Jesus.

Another argument to show the superiority of Jesus
over Moses involved a son and a servant. Moses was
faithful as a servant, but Christ was faithful as a Son.
The total argument magnifies the greatness of Jesus
without belittling Moses.

Following is a simple chart that will help compare
Moses and Jesus related to author’s discussion of the
“house”:

MOSES                JESUS

Anticipated the house        Architect of the house
Knew God personally        Was God permanently
Servant in the house        Son over the house

2. Reject (Heb. 3:7-11)

Hebr. 3:7   So, as the Holy Spirit says:     “Today, if you
hear his voice, 3:8   do not harden your hearts as you did
in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert,
3:9   where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty
years saw what I did. 3:10   That is why I was angry with
that generation, and I said, ‘Their hearts are always going
astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 3:11   So I
declared on oath in my anger, They shall never enter my
rest.’ ”

Here is a stern note of warning . Do not harden  your
hearts is a description of Israel’s disobedience and a
reminder against any fixed attitude of disobedience
against god. As in the rebellion occurs only here and
in verse 15  in the new testament. This rebellion began
in the wilderness wandering – on the day of testing in
the desert. Such incidents are recorded in
(Exodus 15:22-25;17:1-7).

Ignorance of God’s ways always leads to straying away
from them. We harden ourselves to God’s voice and , in a
somewhat sinister way, become impervious to His ways,
not because we do not know what god is saying but
because we refuse to hear and heed what He says.

Following this account of the Israelites’ failure, the
writer turned to encouragement and appeals to the
Hebrew Christians to serve God faithfully, to persevere,
and to be open God’s leadership.

3. Rededicate (Heb. 3:12-15)

Hebr. 3:12   See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful,
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 3:13
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today,
so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
3:14   We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till
the end the confidence we had at first.  3:15   As has just
been said:     “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your
hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

Watch out , brothers, is an exhortation to be continually
alert that you do not fall into the same trap the Israelites
did. The writer tempered the warning a bit with the word
brothers, indicating they were still in the same family. An
evil , unbelieving heart sums up the state of mind of the
ancient Israelites. This condition leads people to depart
from the living God.

(Departs from means to “stand off from”.)

Summary:

Once again – the writer never suggested that Christians
can lose their salvation. what he did say is that continuance
in the faith is proof that the faith is real. The bleached bones
of some of the Israelites were ignoble monuments to hardened
hearts. Before you say , “This will never happen to me,” You
need to hear again, “Today, if you hear His voice , do not harden
your hearts as in the rebellion.”