Hebrews 3 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.
4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.
5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,
6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’
11 So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” , Psalms 95:8
16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?
17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
So many times, we hear of people who just focus on the New Testament and rarely if ever read the Old Testament. All Scripture points to God’s love for us and this chapter in Hebrews is a reminder of the blend of the whole Bible. A reminder of how God worked in and through Moses in the Old Testament. The people who followed Moses were never truly ready to accept God’s love for them. They either rebelled, stayed in their sin, disobeyed or never believed. We see that occurs throughout the Old Testament even until Jesus comes.
God shows us His love by sending Jesus to come for us. Jesus came so that we may come to know God and receive all that He has for us. Grace, mercy, forgiveness, hope, and a prepared place for all who will believe because He loves us. People have always missed out on God’s love because of their sins. Sin separates us from God, but Jesus came so that we can be forgiven. Even when Jesus walked the Earth people rejected Him as we see in the Gospels.
So, it is still common today for people to miss out on what God has for us through Jesus. Who do you know that is in rebellion? Pray for them now. Who do you know that desires to stay in their sinful nature with a hardened heart? Pray for them. Who do you know that walks in disobedience? Pray for them. Who do you know that is an unbeliever? Pray for them.
The reason to pray for them is you know the Lord because someone prayed for you. People are empty and know they are in search of something, and that is the love of Jesus that they need. Pray for them to see the Light of His Love and that they come to know Jesus. He is the answer, He has all the answers, and He is the Light that guides us in a dark world so pray for all to come to know Jesus. Then they will come to know the faithfulness of His love.