Jesus Christ’s faithfulness and love for people goes beyond what anyone who ever existed. Even beyond Moses who is known as the faithful servant. For that reason, Christ is our ultimate example.
Jesus Our High Priest
1Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house-whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.
7Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice,
8Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me,
As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
9Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me,
And saw My works for forty years.
10“Therefore I was angry with this generation,
And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they did not know My ways’;
11As I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest.'”
The Peril of Unbelief
12Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15while it is said, “Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.” 16For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.
We have already read some of the books of the Old Testament where we read the first hand actions of Moses. We can conclude that Moses was so faithful to the house of God because he set himself aside and followed all of God’s instructions. However, the bible recognizes someone greater than Moses, Jesus Christ. Christ is our faithful friend. He has been faithful to His Father. He has never and will never fail you, count on it. But in this chapter there is a great lesson for us to learn about being faithful. This letter was written to the Hebrews who are wavering in their faith. We too we too can be uncommitted to our faith today. Therefore, listen to the voice of God today and “do not harden our hearts as in the rebellion” warns the bible (vs 15). God wants you to be obedient and save yourself trouble. We don’t want to be the ones who “always go astray in their heart” (vs 10) because then there are negative consequences. We should want to be obedient, faithful and love God wholeheartedly. You want to seek God’s ways every morning and every chance you have. But how is that possible, you may ask? In a constant love burning relationship with Christ where you talk to him in prayer, hold him close, and listen to what he wants to tell you through His Word.
May Jesus be with you this day and may you spend time with Him throughout the day. I encourage you to stay faithful friends, we are in this together and encourage one another to continue pressing forward for Christ in this race.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.