Memory verses for this week:
5:19 Brethren, if any
of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; James 5:20
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the
error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a
multitude of sins.
In Chapter 2, we studied last week
about giving heed to the things we have heard. We talked of the purpose of angels and how God has used them
as messengers and protective agents in our behalf, and how that
Jesus came and was made lower than the angels as he took on a
fleshly body. But
all things have been placed under Christ’s authority.
God speaks to us today through Jesus Christ and the
leadership of the Holy Spirit.
I. Christ is
Greater than Moses the Servant of God
Heb 3:1 Wherefore,
holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the
Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
Heb 3:2 Who
was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful
in all his house.
We know that many of the Jews were not saved, but some of
them were. Here, Paul
addresses these saved Hebrews as “holy brethren.”
Saved people are holy in their soul, but unless we lead
consecrated lives, our flesh is unholy.
He asks us to consider some important things about Christ.
1. He is called
the Apostle and high priest of our profession.
2. An Apostle was one who was sent.
Moses was the Apostle of Israel.
3. Moses was
appointed by the Lord… as was our Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Moses was
faithful in all his house… Christ was the epitome of
faithfulness… he did all things by faith to God who appointed him
as our great High Priest.
5. Jesus was greater than Moses because Christ is the one who
built the house. Moses
is part of the house that Jesus built.
Heb 3:3 For
this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he
who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house.
Heb 3:4 For
every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is
Heb 3:5 And
Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a
testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
Heb 3:6 But
Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold
fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
God is the one who built all things.
Moses was faithful as a servant, for a testimony of those
things which were to be spoken after. Christ was a son over his own house. Note the difference… Christ is OVER his house…
Moses is IN his house.
There is a difference between a son and a servant.
In the story of the prodigal son, after the man came to
himself, he wanted to come back to his father, not as a son, but as
15:17 And when he came
to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have
bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
15:18 I will arise and
go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned
against heaven, and before thee,
15:19 And am no more
worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
In verse 6, it says that we are his house.
What is this referring to?
The baptized saved believer makes up the church, and we
become His house. We
are God’s house.
Pet 2:1 Wherefore
laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies,
and all evil speakings,
Pet 2:2 As newborn
babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
Pet 2:3 If so be ye
have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Pet 2:4 To whom coming,
as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God,
Pet 2:5 Ye also, as
lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood,
to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
I liked the comments by J. Vernon McGee about us being
Not only is Christ
superior to Moses in that He is the Creator and Moses is a creature,
but also the best thing that could be said of Moses is that he was a
servant of God—never was he called a son of God. Christ is the
Son of God. There is quite a difference between the son in the house
and a servant in a house. So Christ is superior to Moses on two
counts: Christ is the Creator and He is the Son. This is very
important to see.
hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the
end.” Paul had a way of using “ifs,” not as a condition but as
a method of argument and of logic. We would understand him better if
he had said, “Since we hold fast the confidence.” In
other words, if we are sons of God and if we are partakers of the
heavenly calling, we will be faithful and we will hold fast.
This is the proof that we are of God’s house.
1 John 2:19 puts it this way, “They went out from us, but
they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they
would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they
might be made manifest that they were not all of us”
(Italics mine). I have always believed that God has permitted the
cults to come along to draw out of the churches those who are not
really believers. The cults serve as God’s strainer. The proof
that you are a child of God is that you hold to the faith. That
doesn’t make you a child of God, but it does prove that you
are a child of God. If you are a believer, you will hold on,
not because you are able but because He is able to make you
writer of this Hebrew epistle (who I believe to be the apostle Paul)
is using the “if” of argument. “If we hold fast the confidence
and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end” means that you
are a partaker of the heavenly calling; you are among the brethren.
always used the Bible as a means of testing. If a person really is a
child of God, he will hold to the Word of God, and he is going to
love the Word of God because he wants to hear his Father talking to
Israelites Did Not Reach Canaan due to Unbelief
Heb 3:7 Wherefore
(as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
Heb 3:8 Harden
not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in
Since Jesus is far superior to Moses (who was known as
God’s Servant), we should look to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit tells us to hear his voice.
We find this quotation based off of Psalms 95.
95:7 For he is our God;
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To
day if ye will hear his voice,
95:8 Harden not your
heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the
95:9 When your fathers
tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
95:10 Forty years long
was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do
err in their heart, and they have not known my ways:
95:11 Unto whom I sware
in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
Heb 3:9 When
your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
Heb 3:10 Wherefore
I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in
their heart; and they have not known my ways.
Heb 3:11 So
I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
This advice given to the Hebrews by Paul is
still wise advice to you and I.
We need to listen to the Lord and to seek after God’s ways. His ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our
thoughts the word tells us. The
Holy Spirit guided David to pen those words in Psalms, and Paul is
directed to warn the people again that we should not harden our
hearts and walk in disobedience.
God was highly displeased with the Israelites and their
fathers in the wilderness due to their unbelief.
1:32 Yet in this
thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
14:11 And the LORD said
unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will
it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed
Unbelief is a horrible sin because it denies God.
God wants us to be people of faith.
As this lesson is being prepared, we faced the horrible loss
of life this week at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon as
terrorists commanded the hi-jacked planes and flew them directly in
to those buildings. It
was a horrible act of cowardice, and I feel that those who set this
up will be found and brought to justice.
In all this tragedy, I have seen more said this week about
God and patriotism than ever in my life.
So if America will turn back to our roots and truly become
the Christian nation that we claim to be, God will continue to bless
us. But to do that, we
have to be people of faith.
Faith is clearly defined in God’s Word.
11:1 Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Unbelief is what separated people from God and his great
blessings for us. I
mentioned last week that sin separates us from God, but it is not
the sin that sends a soul to hell.
It is that man or woman’s denial of Jesus Christ.
Unbelief separates us from God.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in
the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Heb 3:12 Take
heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of
unbelief, in departing from the living God.
God calls on these Hebrews to take heed that they not get an
evil heart of unbelief. When
we don’t believe, we don’t draw near to God, and that means we
leave him. If you
don’t feel as close to the Lord today as you used to feel, it is
you that moved. God never leaves us nor forsakes us. So we make the first move to draw away.
But the Holy Spirit is always there encouraging us to seek
after and to come back to the Lord.
Notice that he calls our God the ‘living God’.
A lot has been spoken this week about the god Allah, and I am
proud people have the right to worship him.
But like Baal, and Mohammed,
and a dozen other false gods, Allah is dead and in the tomb.
Jesus is alive and sitting on the right hand of the father
The KJV Study Bible said this about departing from the Living
This warning is addressed to the brethren the professing
believers, lest any have unbelief in his heart and thus depart from
God. This departing (Gr aposteµnai) is the source of our
word apostasy, which is a deliberate departure from God’s full
revelation. These Jewish brethren were being tempted by an “evil
heart of unbelief” to return to Judaism. To do so meant they would
have to reject that fuller revelation which they have received and
return to the incomplete revelation of Judaism. Thus, they are
admonished to exhort one another daily with the truths that
will strengthen their faith in Christ, such as the truths in this
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest
any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
God calls upon us to exhort one another while it is called
today in order that we will not be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin.
It is a serious thing to harden your heart.
29:1 He, that being
often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and
that without remedy.
Albert Barnes in Barnes Notes on the New Testament said this
about the deceitfulness of sin.
deceitfulness of sin—Sin is always
deceitful. It promises more than it performs. It assures us of
pleasure which it never imparts. It leads us on beyond what was
supposed when we began to indulge in it. The man who commits sin is
always under a delusion; and sin, if he indulges it, will lead him
on from one step to another until the heart becomes entirely
hardened. Sin puts on plausible appearances and preferences; it
assumes the name of virtue; it offers excuses and palliations, until
the victim is snared, and then spell-bound he is hurried on to every
excess. If sin was always seen in its true aspect when man is
tempted to commit it, it would be so hateful that he would flee from
it with the utmost abhorrence. What young man would become a
drunkard if he saw when he began exactly the career which he would
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the
life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the
blindness of their heart:
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto
lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
But ye have not so learned Christ;
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him,
as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old
man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in
righteousness and true holiness.
Heb 3:14 For
we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our
confidence stedfast unto the end;
God wants people who not only start with faith in Christ, but
they stay with Him all the way.
If we begin and continue on in the service of the Lord, it is
a good sign that we have been made partakers of Christ.
Heb 3:15 While
it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your
hearts, as in the provocation.
Heb 3:16 For
some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came
out of Egypt by Moses.
In these last five verses of chapter 3, the Spirit of God
uses the case of Israel in the wilderness as a warning to all who
now claim to be Christians.
The people who fell in the wilderness were those who believed
not. Because of
unbelief, they never entered into God’s rest.
Moses and Aaron were numbered among those who never entered
into Canaan. Canaan was
a type of rest that remains for the people of God.
34:1 And Moses went up from the plains of Moab unto the mountain of
Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, that is over against Jericho. And the
LORD shewed him all the land of Gilead, unto Dan,
2 And all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh,
and all the land of Judah, unto the utmost sea, 3 And the south, and
the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto
Zoar. 4 And the LORD said unto him, This is the land which I sware
unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, saying, I will give it
unto thy seed: I have caused thee to see it with thine eyes, but
thou shalt not go over thither.
5 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of
Moab, according to the word of the LORD.
Heb 3:17 But
with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had
sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
God was grieved with those who had sinned.
God hates sin. He despised it in the Old Testament, and still hates it
7:11 God judgeth the
righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
If it were not for Christ, and the great gift he gave to us
on Calvary, we would have to pay for our sins.
But every one who comes to Christ in repentance and believes
by faith on Jesus Christ, they can be born again and have
forgiveness of sin.
8:1 There is therefore
now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:2 For the law of the
Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin
8:3 For what the law
could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his
own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin
in the flesh:
8:4 That the
righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
8:5 For they that are
after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are
after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
God was upset for forty years with the Israelites as they
wandered in the desert. And
ultimately, they fell in the wilderness.
They could not enter in to God’s rest for them due to
unbelief. And know that this is true about heaven.
NO unbeliever will enter into God’s eternal rest without
knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Heaven is God’s prepared rest for those who believe.
14:6 Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
10:7 Then said Jesus
unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of
10:8 All that ever came
before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
10:9 I am the door: by
me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out,
and find pasture.
10:10 The thief cometh
not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
10:11 I am the good
shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
Heb 3:18 And
to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to
them that believed not?
Heb 3:19 So
we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Israel was broken off because of unbelief.
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by
faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
The bible has many examples of people who did not believe.
Thomas was called a doubter because he did not believe that
Jesus had resurrected from the tomb.
20:24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with
them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said unto
him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall
see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the
print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not
believe. 26 And
after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with
them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst,
and said, Peace be unto you. 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach
hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand,
and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. 28
And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. 29 Jesus
saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast
believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have
The man or woman who believes in Christ shall never die.
whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou
We need to be people who believe God.
Are you an unbeliever? If
you are, I pray you’ll listen to the drawing of the Holy Spirit
and come to Christ today while there is still time.
The day is soon coming when salvation will be very hard to
obtain, if at all. Christ will soon part those eastern skies.
Accept Him while there is still an opportunity.
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