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Hebrews 3 Bible Study (April 30, 2020)


1. Hebrews 3 Overview: In the beginning of this chapter the author is telling the Hebrews to consider the Apostle and High Priest which is Jesus Christ (Hebrews 3:1).

2. Christ is better than Moses

a. In verses 1-6 a case is being built up that Christ is even greater than the great Moses.

b. He begins the case by comparing Moses and Jesus to a house.

c. The author is saying that Moses was a faithful servant to the house of Israel but Jesus is the builder and Son of the house. (John 1:3; Deuteronomy 18:15-19; John 1:17)

d. Moses was a prophet of God but Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 3:22; Deuteronomy 18:15; 18; Isaiah 7:14; Hebrews 1:3; John 1:3; )

e. Moses instructed the children to hear Him (Jesus the Christ) because whatever He says is above

f. We are that house that Christ has built if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

3. Hebrews 3:3-6

Verse 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.

Verse 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.

Verse 5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,

Verse 6 But Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

4. Warning of Not Entering God’s Rest because of unbelief

a. Now that the Hebrews see that Christ is building a house the author is giving the imagery that as a believer that you should strive to enter into that house of rest

b. The warning is that the Hebrews should not harden our hearts towards the voice of God or the words of Christ who is also the creator as in rebellion like our (Hebrew) fathers did in the wilderness. (Verses 8 & 9)

c. According to verse 10 according to that exact reason God was angry with that generation because they tested God by complaining, sinning, and not listening to God.

d. So God said in His wrath “These type of people will never enter into my rest.

5. Hebrews 3:7-11

a. Cross Reference: Psalm 95:6-11

6. Verse 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says:

Verse 8 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion,

during the time of testing in the wilderness,

Verse 9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,

though for forty years they saw what I did. (2 Corinthians 13:5; Exodus 17:1-2; Numbers 20:1-3)

Verse 10 That is why I was angry with that generation;

I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’

Verse 11 So I declared on oath in my anger,

‘They shall never enter my rest.’

e. So the warning is God’s wrath of Him saying that because of unbelief this is the reason why the Hebrews ancestor’s did not enter into rest. So what does this mean to us?

7. Remain True to God- (Hebrews 10:26-39)

a. In Verse 12 the author warns us that a heart that does not believe is wicked and departs or separates itself from God.

b. According to verse 12-13 what is an essential key to you NOT falling into unbelief? And how often should you do it?

c. What does exhort mean?

d. Who should you exhort with?

e. Exhortation to others and yourself is a tool to help you in places where you lack faith.

8. Hebrews 3:12-13

Verse 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

Verse 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

9. We are Partakers with Christ

a. After warning the Hebrews (the people of God which is us) that they can fall into disbelief God, sin, backsliding, and apostasy the author goes further in Verse 14 that we have become partakers “IF” we hold on to the faith and convictions.

b. The apostle last a condition that your faith must be steadfast until the end.

10. Hebrews 3:14

Verse 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

11. Lesson learned Today

a. The lesson today is that if we hear God’s voice we ought to take heed to it because God was angry with the children of Israel in the wilderness

b. According to Verse 15-19 and Numbers 20:1-3 for example many Hebrews died in the wilderness as a result of unbelief.

c. As a result of unbelief God swore to that these same people will not enter into His rest.

d. Now we see why Israel did not enter the resting place of God and why it’s a possibility for us not to enter that place of rest.

12. Hebrews 3:15-19

Verse 15 while it is said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Verse 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?

Verse 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?

Verse 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?

Verse 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

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