Hebrews Chapter Three
Similar to chapter one, chapter three starts with Jesus being compared to someone else. In chapter one, we saw Jesus being compared to both the angels and prophets. The author raised Jesus above the angels and prophets. In chapter three, the author compares Jesus to Moses. Moses, above anyone else, was absolutely adored by the Jews. He was the one, under God’s provision and guidance, who led Israel out of Egypt and delivered the law to them. Moses is a central piece of the Old Testament. The comparison between Moses and Jesus would have helped the Jewish Christians gain or keep their affection for Jesus. Not only is Jesus compared to Moses, their hero, but Jesus’s given more glory than Moses by the author.
In verses three through six, we see a beautiful illustration by the author about a house. There are four parts to this illustration: God built the house, Moses is the servant for the house, Jesus is the ruler of the house, and we are the house. This illustration helps show how Jesus is counted more worthy than Moses. We are God’s beloved creation. Moses served the Israelites when he led them out of slavery and delivered the law to them. He was a phenomenal help to them. Christ is also a great help to us, but not only that, he is the ruler of us.
Verses seven and eight read, “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.’” First thing I want to point out is that the Holy Spirit is talking. In verses nine through eleven, the Holy Spirit talks in first person as well using pronouns me, my, and I. It is interesting to see that the Holy Spirit is talking here and talks in the first person. It is something to mull over. What I want to highlight though is the focus to not harden your heart. This is repeated in verse fifteen. The author must be trying to make a strong point that we are to not harden our hearts. The Israelites who Moses led out of Egypt hardened their hearts, and they rebelled against God when God continually provided for them. It was because of their hardened hearts that they did not obey God, and they had unbelief. This caused their generation to not enter the rest in the Promised Land. The author of Hebrews is urging us to learn from the Israelites, as they hardened their hearts. If we harden our hearts, then we too will not be able to enter God’s rest.
The chapter ends at an awkward break, as the talk about rest continues into chapter four. Personally I don’t understand the purpose of the chapter break between chapters three and four. It’s important to note that the chapter and verse breaks were not included in the original writing. Therefore, the author of Hebrews did not intend for people to stop reading at this section. Therefore, you should stick around for tomorrow, as we continue the talk on God’s rest.
Have a great day!