Chapter 3

1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah YAHUsha,

Reviewing from the last portion of chapter 2, Shaul was telling us about how The Messiah had become flesh, and called us brothers so that we can be assured of the Trustworthiness, Faithfulness and Compassion of our High Priest and King. Because of this, those who share in a purpose that is above ourselves – that part of us that is the Image of our Elohim – to perceive or look deeply into the Shaliach (the Ambassador or Emissary) AND Cohen Gadol (High Priest) of our COVENANT. Did you see that? Yahusha is the High Priest of our Covenant – that is the word. [Confession just does not do it justice]

2 who was trustworthy to Him who appointed Him, as also Mosheh in all His house.

Have you noticed we are going back to the giving of the Torah again? That is where all wisdom and knowledge is – in His Torah, His Teachings and Instructions.

3 For this One has been deemed worthy of more esteem than Mosheh, as much as He who built the house [family] enjoys more respect than the house [family].

4 For every house [family] is built by someone, but He who built all is Elohim.

5 And Mosheh indeed was trustworthy in all His house as a servant, for a witness of what would be spoken,

6 but Messiah as a Son

Moses as a servant and Messiah as a Son

over His own house [family], whose house [family]  we are if we hold fast the boldness and the boasting of the expectation firm to the end.

7 Therefore, as the Set-apart Spirit says, “Today, if you hear His voice,

8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness,

9 where your fathers tried Me, proved Me, and saw My works forty years.

I would like to pause right here and actually take us back to the time and place Shaul is referring to to make his point AND where Elohim said these words to us. So many times when we are reading the Renewed Covenant Writings – we gloss over these things and to our detriment and lack of complete and/or full understanding.

Shaul takes us back to Shemoth (Exodus) Chapter 15. The Israelites had just left Mitsrayim (Egypt) and just finished singing a song to YaHUaH praising His Strength and Rulership. They were traveling in the Wilderness of Shur and they had been three days without water. And they came to Marah, and they were unable to drink the waters of Marah (which means bitter), for they were bitter. So the name of it was called Marah. And the people, grumbled against Mosheh, saying, “What are we to drink?” Then he cried out to YaHUaH, and YaHUaH showed him a tree. And when he threw it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a law and a right-ruling for them, and there He tried them. And He  said, If you diligently obey the voice of YaHUaH your Elohim and do what is right in His eyes, and shall listen to His commands and shall guard all His laws, I shall bring on you none of the diseases I brought on the Mitsrites, for I am YaHUaH who heals you.”

Notice here, our ever-merciful Father has compassion on us when we are fresh out of bondage. He knows that we have to learn, grow, mature in our relationship with HIM. He asks us to listen to His voice, obey, and guard His Word and He will heal us. YaHUaH gave them water in Chapter 15, quail and manna in Chapter 16, and they came through the wilderness and camped at Rephidim in Chapter 17. But now see, in Chapter 17 what they do after all this – at Rephidim, there was no water for the people to dirnk. Therefore the people strove with Mosheh, and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Mosheh waid to them, “Why do you strive with me? Why do you try YaHUaH?” And the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Mosheh, and said, “Why did you bring us out of Mitsrayim, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” Then Mosheh cried out the YaHUaH, saying, “What am I to do with this people? Yet a little and they shall stone Me!”

This is where Elohim instructs Mosheh to strike the rock to get water. And Mosheh called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the ‘strife’ of the children of Yisra’el, and because they ‘tried’ YaHUaH, saying, “Is YaHUaH in our midst or not?”             This event is referenced many, many times throughout scripture. No matter the current situation we find ourselves in, it is not a good idea to start questioning His Love and Faithfulness for us. He saves us, teaches us, loves us. Let us not be so fickle as to begin trying Him as soon as things look bad for us.

10 “Therefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.’

11 “As I swore in My wrath, ‘If they shall enter into My rest…'”

Additionally, Shaul is quoting almost verbatim from Tehillim (Psalms) 95:7-11 “For He is our Elohim, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice “Do not harden your hearts as in Meribah, and as in the day of Massah in the wilderness, “When your fathers tried Me, have proved Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, ‘They are a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ “As I swore in My wrath, ‘If they enter into My rest…’ ”

12 Look out, brothers, lest there be in any of you a wicked heart of unbelief in falling away from the living Elohim,

13 but encourage one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened by the deceivableness of sin.

14 For we have become partakers of Messiah if we hold fast the beginning of our trust firm to the end,

15 while it is said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Was it not all who came out of Mitsrayim, led by Mosheh?

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

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

19 So we see that they were unable to enter in because of unbelief.

(Chapter 4….)Therefore, since a promise remains of entering into His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in those who heard it.

I do not know about any of you, who may read this study, but I cannot help but read here – that Shaul is warning us about something. “Therefore……. since a promise remains of entering into His rest.” You know, the mixed multitude who came out of Egypt obtained salvation – but proved to be hard in their hearts and unbelieving. I have a question for you all – Is there something more required other that salvation to enter into His Rest?

I would love to hear thoughts on this question.