Heb. 3:7-19

“Take Care Brothers”

Hebrews 3:7-19 (ESV)

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.”

16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

One main idea is easy to discover: “Take Care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart.” In the history of the Jewish people – documented in the Old Testament – many hardened their hearts against God, become ungrateful, grumbling and complaining – they went astray. As a result or consequence, they were unable to enter the promised land. They fell away from the living God.

To paraphrase, the writer is saying – to Christians with Jewish background who knew this history – I don’t want this to happen again to you! Take care, exhort one another daily, consider Jesus, the apostle and High Priest of your profession …

All these warnings begin to stack up in this part of the Hebrew letter. And the message to Christians today is simple: TAKE CARE, examine yourself and hold firm your confidence to the end.

-Quotes from English Standard Version

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