Our Apostle and High Priest
1Therefore, holy brothers and companions in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession; Rm 15:8; Php 3:14; Heb 2:11,17; 4:14-15
2He was faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses was in all God’s household.
3For Jesus is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder has more honor than the house.
4Now every house is built by someone, but the One who built everything is God. Eph 2:10; 3:9
5Moses was faithful as a servant Ex 14:31; Nm 12:7-8; Dt 18:19; 34:5; Jos 1:2,7,13,15; 11:12,15; 12:6; 1Kg 8:53,56; Mal 4:4 in all God’s household, as a testimony to what would be said in the future.
6But Christ was faithful as a Son over His household. And we are that household if we hold on to the courage and the confidence of our hope. Other mss add firm to the end Mt 10:22; Rm 5:2; 11:22; 1Co 3:16; Heb 1:2
Warning against Unbelief
7Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
Today, if you hear His voice,
8do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness,
9where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
and saw My works
10for 40 years.
Therefore I was provoked with that generation
and said, “They always go astray in their hearts,
and they have not known My ways.”
11So I swore in My anger,
“They will not enter My rest.” Ps 95:7-11; Ac 7:36; Heb 4:3,5 Ps 95:7-11
12Watch out, brothers, so that there won’t be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart that departs Lk 8:13; Ac 15:38; 1Tm 4:1 from the living God.
13But encourage each other daily, 1Th 2:12; 2Th 3:12; Heb 10:25 while it is still called today, so that none of you is hardened Ac 19:9; Rm 9:18; Heb 3:8,15; 4:7 by sin’s deception. Eph 4:22; Heb 10:24
14For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality Or confidence that we had at the start. 1Co 15:2; Heb 3:6; 10:23; 11:1
15As it is said:
Today, if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. Ps 95:7-8 Ps 95:7-8
16For who heard and rebelled? Wasn’t it really all who came out of Egypt under Moses? Nm 14:2; Dt 1:35-38
17And who was He provoked with for 40 years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? Nm 14:29; Ps 106:26
18And who did He swear to that they would not enter His rest, if not those who disobeyed?
19So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.