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October 15: Hebrews 3

October 15: Hebrews 3

Jesus, Greater than Moses

3 And so, dear brothers and sisters, you are now made holy, and each of you is invited to the feast[a] of your heavenly calling.[b] So fasten your thoughts fully onto Jesus,[c] whom we embrace[d] as our Apostle and King-Priest.[e] 2 For he was faithful to the Father who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was a model of faithfulness in what was entrusted to him.[f] 3 But Jesus is worthy to receive a much greater glory than Moses, for the one who builds a house deserves to be honored more than the house he builds. 4 Every house is built by someone, but God is the Designer and Builder of all things.

5 Indeed, Moses served God faithfully in all he gave him to do.[g] His work prophetically illustrates[h] things that would later be spoken and fulfilled.[i] 6 But Christ is more than a Servant, he was faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. And now we are part of his house if we continue courageously to hold firmly to our bold confidence and our victorious hope.[j]

Secrets from Psalm 95

7 This is why the Holy Spirit says,[k]

“If only you would listen to his voice this day![l]
8 Don’t make him[m] angry by hardening your hearts,
   like your ancestors did during the days of their rebellion,[n]
   when they were tested in the wilderness.
9 There your fathers tested me and tried my patience[o]
   even though they saw my miracles[p] for forty years
   they still doubted me![q]
10 This ignited my anger with that generation
   and I said about them, ‘They wander in their hearts
   just like they do with their feet,
   and they refuse to learn my ways.’
11 My heart grieved[r] over them so I decreed:
   ‘They will never enter into the calming rest of my Spirit!’ ”

12 So search your hearts every day,[s] my brothers and sisters, and make sure that none of you has evil or unbelief hiding within you. For it will lead you astray,[t] and make you unresponsive to the living God. 13 This is the time to encourage[u] each other to never be stubborn or hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.[v] 14 For we are mingled with the Messiah,[w] if we will continue unshaken in this confident assurance[x] from the beginning until the end.

15 For again, the Scriptures say,[y]

If only today you would listen to his voice.
   Don’t make him angry[z] by hardening your hearts,
   as you did in the wilderness rebellion.

16 The same people who were delivered from bondage and brought out of Egypt by Moses, were the ones who heard and still rebelled. 17 They grieved God for forty years[aa] by sinning in their unbelief, until they dropped dead in the desert. 18 So God swore an oath that they would never enter into his calming place of rest all because they disobeyed him. 19 It is clear that they could not enter into their inheritance because they wrapped their hearts in unbelief.