The first six verses of Hebrews 3 make the point that Jesus is superior to Moses. Therefore we must not give up our confidence and hope because we have been made part of Godâ€™s house and family. But now the writer wants to issue a grave warning to his audience.
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, â€œToday, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 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, â€˜They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.â€™ 11 As I swore in my wrath, â€˜They shall not enter my rest.â€™â€ (ESV)
After encouraging the readers to not give up, the author gives a stern warning based on Israelâ€™s history. He quotes Psalm 95 which scholars say was used by the Jews as a call to worship when they went to synagogue service.
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