Hebrews 3:7-15

A Rest for the People of God

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
where your fathers put me to the test
and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
they have not known my ways.’
11 As I swore in my wrath,
‘They shall not enter my rest.’”

12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said,

“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” (ESV)

Questions

  1. The author of Hebrews quotes Psalm 95 (which itself is about the rebellion of the Israelites against God). According to this quote, and Hebrews 3, what was the problem with the Israelites?
  2. What is the danger for us as Christians?
  3. What are we urged to do about this danger?

Ponder

Who is a Christian brother or sister that you can encourage in living for Christ today?

Prayer ideas

Pray for yourself and others, that you would indeed hold firmly to your confidence in Christ to the end, and not fall into unbelief and disobedience.