Daily Bible Reading

January 3, 2023

Hebrews 3:1-19(GNT)

Unity in Christ Jesus

Introduction

Hebrews 3:1-19: The author explains that Jesus is greater than Moses. While Moses was a faithful servant and spoke to God’s people, Christ, God’s own Son, is in charge of God’s people. The chapter concludes with a warning about rebelling against God and a reminder to remain faithful in order to enter the place of rest.

Scripture Reading

Jesus Is Greater than Moses

My Christian friends, who also have been called by God! Think of Jesus, whom God sent to be the High Priest of the faith we profess. He was faithful to God, who chose him to do this work, just as Moses was faithful in his work in God’s house. A man who builds a house receives more honor than the house itself. In the same way Jesus is worthy of much greater honor than Moses. Every house, of course, is built by someone—and God is the one who has built all things. Moses was faithful in God’s house as a servant, and he spoke of the things that God would say in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. We are his house if we keep up our courage and our confidence in what we hope for.

A Rest for God’s People

So then, as the Holy Spirit says,

“If you hear God’s voice today,
    do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were when they rebelled against God,
    as they were that day in the desert when they put him to the test.
There they put me to the test and tried me, says God,
    although they had seen what I did for forty years.
10 And so I was angry with those people and said,
    ‘They are always disloyal
    and refuse to obey my commands.’
11 I was angry and made a solemn promise:
    ‘They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest!’”

12 My friends, be careful that none of you have a heart so evil and unbelieving that you will turn away from the living God. 13 Instead, in order that none of you be deceived by sin and become stubborn, you must help one another every day, as long as the word “Today” in the scripture applies to us. 14 For we are all partners with Christ if we hold firmly to the end the confidence we had at the beginning.

15 This is what the scripture says:

“If you hear God’s voice today,
    do not be stubborn, as your ancestors were
    when they rebelled against God.”

16 Who were the people who heard God’s voice and rebelled against him? All those who were led out of Egypt by Moses. 17 With whom was God angry for forty years? With the people who sinned, who fell down dead in the desert. 18 When God made his solemn promise, “They will never enter the land where I would have given them rest”—of whom was he speaking? Of those who rebelled. 19 We see, then, that they were not able to enter the land, because they did not believe.

Today’s Key Verse: Hebrews 3:6

Christ is faithful as the Son in charge of God’s house. We are his house if we keep up our courage and our confidence in what we hope for.

Reflect

The Israelite people who left Egypt were headed for Canaan, where they hoped to make their home in a land of plenty and peace. But the generation of Israelites that disobeyed God in the desert was not allowed to enter this place of rest. God has provided a place of rest in heaven for those who have faith in Christ and who will live with God forever. How do you imagine this place of promised rest?

Pray

Lord Jesus, I am reminded of the many ways in which I find my rest in you. Thank you for your love and grace. Make me your faithful servant until I come to eternal rest. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

Hebrews 4:1-13: God promises a Sabbath rest to those who have faith.

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