Hebrews Chapter 3

November 7, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Hebrews 3:1-19 (NIV)
1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. 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. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future. 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. 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert, 9 where your fathers tested and tried me and for forty years saw what I did. 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.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 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. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:1-6

Moses was commended by God as faithful. The first five books of the Bible were given through Moses. God worked through Moses to set the people of Israel free from 430 years of bondage and slavery to the Egyptians.

And yet, Jesus surpasses Moses. Jesus is the builder of the house that Moses served in. We are to fix our eyes and thoughts on Jesus, not Moses.

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to think and ponder about Jesus. I would encourage you to make sure you are doing that as well. It is all about Jesus, He is the builder of the house and we are servants. It is so easy to get distracted in this busy multi-tasking world.

Hebrews 3:7-11

If we harden our hearts and don’t respond to Jesus, we cannot enter His rest. In this verse “rest” is talking about the promised land of Canaan. God’s rest has other meanings in scripture.

(a) the Sabbath day celebrating the seventh day of creation

(b) peace with God now because of our relationship with Christ

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

(c) our future eternal life with Christ

Hebrews 4:8-11 (NIV)
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.

If we choose to reject Christ, we miss the opportunity of spiritual rest!

Hebrews 3:12-15

The writer of Hebrews makes the point that in Christ we can experience the life we were created for. We have to trust Him and know that His way is always better than our way. If we don’t trust, we will not obey.

Hebrews 3:16-19

Because the Israelites chose to go their own way instead of God’s, by not believing that He would protect and deliver them from the giants in the land, they ended up wandering in the wilderness instead of entering into His rest!

Real and abundant, now and forever life is found in living God’s way. Do you want to get well?

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