Bible: Heb 3:7-4:16
Exposition of Psalm 95: Hearing God’s Word in Faith
3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, 1
“Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks! 2
3:8 “Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of testing in the wilderness.
3:9 “There your fathers tested me and tried me, 3 and they saw my works for forty years.
3:10 “Therefore, I became provoked at that generation and said, ‘Their hearts are always wandering 4 and they have not known my ways.’
3:11 “As I swore in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest!’” 5
3:12 See to it, 6 brothers and sisters, 7 that none of you has 8 an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes 9 the living God. 10 3:13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. 3:14 For we have become partners with Christ, if in fact we hold our initial confidence 11 firm until the end. 3:15 As it says, 12 “O, that today you would listen as he speaks! 13 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 14 3:16 For which ones heard and rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Egypt under Moses’ leadership? 15 3:17 And against whom was God 16 provoked for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose dead bodies fell in the wilderness? 17 3:18 And to whom did he swear they would never enter into his rest, except those who were disobedient? 3:19 So 18 we see that they could not enter because of unbelief.
God’s Promised Rest
4:1 Therefore we must be wary 19 that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. 4:2 For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in 20 with those who heard it in faith. 21 4:3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my anger, ‘They will never enter my rest!’” 22 And yet God’s works 23 were accomplished from the foundation of the world. 4:4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works,” 24 4:5 but to repeat the text cited earlier: 25 “They will never enter my rest!” 4:6 Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience. 4:7 So God 26 again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David 27 after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, 28 “O, that today you would listen as he speaks! 29 Do not harden your hearts.” 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God 30 would not have spoken afterward about another day. 4:9 Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 4:10 For the one who enters God’s 31 rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 4:11 Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double-edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart. 4:13 And no creature is hidden from God, 32 but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account.
Jesus Our Compassionate High Priest
4:14 Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. 4:15 For we do not have a high priest incapable of sympathizing with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin. 4:16 Therefore let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace whenever we need help. 33