Hebrews 3:1-6 ¶ Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
Just as Moses was appointed to glorify God in all that He was commissioned to do and was faithful to do so, so Yahushua was commissioned by God, and was faithful to His Father to do all that He was anointed to do.
Moses was counted worthy because of his faith to build the house of God. God took great time to share with Moses in every single detail, how to build the tabernacle in the wilderness, so now Yahushua, is building the house of God, through His people that follow Him.
As we turn our lives over to Yahushua and trust in Him, the Holy Spirit then comes to dwell in us and we become the house that God built to hold His Spirit.
1st Corinthians 6:19- 20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As long as we hold fast to the very end, trusting in Yahushua with every avenue of our life, we can remain hopeful and courageous to the end. With out Yahushua to lead us, by the power of His Spirit, our faithfulness might waver and we might easily be blown away by the winds of temptation, false teachings and even persecution.
To the Hebrew nation that traveled in the wilderness, those slaves who Moses led away from the bondage of Egyptian tyrants, He was a great hero. Moses took them to the border of the Promised Land. He also wrote every word that came from the mouth of God, which is written in the first five books of our Bibles. This is what is called the Torah.
The word Torah, means utterance, teaching, instruction or revelation from Elohiym. It comes from horah, which means to direct, to teach, and derives from the stem, ‘yara’, which means to shoot or throw. There are two aspects to the word Torah. Aiming or pointing in the right direction and or moving in that direction.
Early Paleo Hebrew word Torah, looks like this:
The little man looking letter is a person with his hands raised; meaning to reveal or behold what comes from.
The next letter looks like a hand holding a crooked stick to walk with, means a person or the highest.
The next letter Y means to nail or secure.
The next letter, the cross looking one, means to seal or covenant.
So when you put it all together and combine the meanings of these symbols it is saying,
“Behold the man from the highest who secures the covenant”
The word sin in Hebrew is cha-ta, which means ‘to miss the target‘. The word ‘Torah’ now becomes a very vital word doesn’t it?
Hebrews 3:7-19 ¶ Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Wow, isn’t that something? It is very important to come to God believing that He is who He claims to be and having all faith in Him. We cannot enter into His rest if we do not believe. We are warned not to harden our hearts towards God.
When we are compelled by Him to come clean or to confess, we had better do it right away so that we can receive His forgiveness. Otherwise we might risk our hearts becoming harder and harder for His spirit to reach us. We can enter God’s rest by having a heart filled with courage, confidence and trust.
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
God’s rest has several meanings in scripture.
# 1 The seventh day of creation and the weekly Sabbath commemorating it (Genesis 2:2; Hebrews 4:4-9)
# 2, the land of Promise of Canaan (Deuteronomy 12:8-12; Psalm)
# 3 peace with God now because of our relationship with Lord Yahushua through faith. (Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 4:1, 3 and 8-11)
and # 4 our future eternal life with Lord Yahushua. All of these meanings were more than likely familiar to the readers of this letter as they are to us today.
The Israelites failed to enter the Promised Land because they failed to believe in God’s protection and they did not believe that God would help them conquer the giants in the land. We have giants in our world too, but He can overcome them and we can too when we confront them with His armor and His spirit with-in us, guiding us and leading us; IF we follow.
The writer of this letter has somewhat quoted Psalm 95: 7-11 ¶ For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.
When I first read this in our letter to the Hebrews, I was a bit confused because it sounded like God was talking and so far as I have ever been told, the writer of Hebrews was not a prophet so it was good that I have a concordance in my Bible.
I have heard that who ever the writer is, that he is a past priest or was familiar with the priest hood and the priestly system because of the priestly language, which we will stumble on many times through out this letter.
Now I know that the writer was quoting The Worship & Obedience Psalm 95. After all the writer of this letter professes in our last chapter that he (us) did not hear the word of salvation directly from the Lord, whereas Paul did.
If Paul did write this letter, he did not leave in the letter to the Hebrews, his usual clues, such as his name and his outbursts of emotions that are so characteristic of his writings or his personal note like he does most of his other letters. No matter, tis still a letter from which we learn great truths.
Hebrews 2:3-4 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
I want to look deeper into verse 12 of this chapter:
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
This translates the Greek word ‘apostenai’ which means to go away from, desert and stand apart. It seems to me that according to this verse it is possible to depart from the living God. Only true believers become sharers in the Ruach Hakodesh (the Holy Spirit)
The Bible says that it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. ~ Hebrews 6:4-6
When people who have experienced salvation in such a deep way and then have fallen away by not trusting in Yahushua’s death (Christ Jesus) and in His high priestly office and go back to animal sacrifice and the system of the cohanim (priest’s) which the Torah set up to administer them, then it is impossible to renew them so that they turn from their sin, as long as for themselves they keep on executing the Son of God on the stake all over again.
The reason is because they have ignored what His death means and they have begin to trust in animal sacrifice instead of Him and His blood atonement work. But this only pertains to the here and now under this writing of this letter because we know that Paul continued to offer his offering at the temple and we also know that during the thousand year reign, that there will be offerings and still sin offerings as well.
What folks fail to understand is that the sin offering never took away sin and it never will. As long as there is sin on the earth, we will always need an offering for sin for the simple reason that the sin offering is what always pointed to Yahushua and it always will.
His work on the cross was to cover us from the law’s required judgment of sin , which is death. So Jesus gave His own life’s blood to cover us and that requirement and will take care of death at a later time.
1st Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Death is our last enemy. See 1st Corinthians 15:50-57
I think we must look at the significance of Yahushua’s final sacrifice. This will become more clear to us in the next four chapters because in the past having read portions of this letter, it certainly deals with this subject.
I tend to think that one could fall away and remain in that state as long as that person refuses to repent and turn away from their sin to be renewed. The book of Revelation tells us that many will turn away so I am not to far off in my belief.
Chapter 17 of revelation describes this same spiritual adultery at work in the Church —(The ecclesia) culminating in the apostate Church just as I suspect was slipping into the lives of the folks that this letter (the book of Hebrews) was written to.
Just as Israel became a harlot during the ancient period, so the Church —(The ecclesia,; also called the “Bride of Christ”) will ultimately become a great harlot during the period between Yahushua’ two comings.
“Apostate” means, “fallen away” and here refers to a counterfeit entity that claims to be Christianity but has really rejected Christ and the truth of His teachings and the teachings of His apostles.
Yahushua warned that false prophets would arise throughout the period between His comings (Matt. 24:5), and that at the end of the age there would be a massive defection from the faith.
God has given us everything He has to give. We must not ignore the opportunity while we have it. He has given us Himself, through His Son and now through His Spirit. We must not loose or make light of our status with Lord Yahushua.
The only way I know of to stay in alignment is by following what John taught:
1st John 2:3-6 ¶ And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.
Perhaps we will learn more from the next four chapters.
In exhorting the readers of this letter to keep exhorting each other, the author is exemplifying the principle that our life pattern is not one in which the vast majority of passive believers to let a few ‘ministers’ do all the work. Rather it was Yahushua who gave His followers, leaders whose task it was to ‘equip God’s people’ for the work of service that builds up the body of Christ. Folks who Christ called to be His apostles wrote down their information having been a witness to His life, death and resurrection.
These are the ones who continue still to this day to teach the masses the Good News. All we have to do is pick up the book and read it. Ponder on it. Read some more and read it daily and often. This is how we abide in Him. Through prayer and through sitting still and waiting upon Him, letting His word speak to us, rather than us speaking to His word, we can become connected in a more intimate way. He will never fail us.
Hebrews 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Our ancestors said: “Let us make ourselves a captain, and return back unto Egypt“, (Numbers 14:4). They exhorted each other to depart from the living God.
We must be warned by their example; let not that unbelieving heart be in us that was in them; exhort each other daily to cleave to the living God; lest, if we, do not, we, like them, may be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. ~ Adam Clark