A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“Jesus Greater Than Moses”, Acts 3:1) Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the Heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Matthew 15:21; 1Timothy 3:15. 2) Who was faithful to Him that appointed (made) Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 1Samuel 12:6. 3) 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. 4) For every house is bulded by some man; but He that built all things is God. Ephesians 2:10. 5) And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; Deuteronomy 18:15; 18, 19. 6) 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. Matthew 10:22. 7) Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, Isaiah 55:3. 8) Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation (rouse to anger) in the wilderness: 9) When your fathers tempted Me, proved Me, and saw My Works forty years. 10) Wherefore I was grieved with that generation and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My Ways. 11) So I sware in My Wrath, They shall not enter into My Rest.) (Numbers 13-14). 12) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God 13) But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14) For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15) While it is said, To day if ye will hear His Voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16) For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. Numbers 14:2, 4, 11, 24, 30. 17) But with whom was He grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? Numbers 26:65; Psalm 106:26. 18) And to whom sware He that they should not enter into His Rest, but to them that believed not? 19) So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Quest Study Bible – v11, 18, What is God’s Rest? The rest God offered Israel was the promised land of Canaan. For right now, God’s rest means our present enjoyment of His Spiritual Blessings. There is yet to come, however, a final dimension of God’s rest, when Believers will be united with Jesus Christ in eternity (4:9-11). v13, How long is it called Today? We don’t know how much time is included in Today, because we don’t know how long we have to live. It is the time of opportunity that we have to hear and obey the Gospel. It is also the time set by God for entering His Rest (4:6-7). v14-19, What is this warning all about? Israel’s unbelief in the desert (7-13) serves as a warning to Christians who may be tempted towards apathy or falling away from the faith. (*Numbers 13 -14). Some think death in the desert rather than in the promised land is a warning about losing spiritual blessings in this life, not about losing eternal salvation. Others say it was the judgment in the desert that prevented their entrance into the promised land. For similar warnings 2Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 2:12. v15, Can Christians harden their hearts? Yes. This was written to Christians, warning them of that danger. Hardening of the heart is caused by rebelling, complaining, giving up or by being stubborn or unfaithful (vv8, 15). Christians disagree about the consequences. Some say the price is losing spiritual blessings in this life. Others say the price is missing out on eternal blessing.
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-6, Christ is to be considered as the Apostle of our profession (our declaration), the messenger sent by God to men, the great Revealer of that faith which we profess to hold, and of that hope which we profess to have. He is Christ, the Messiah, anointed for the office both of Apostle and High Priest. He is Jesus, our Saviour; our Healer; the great Physician of souls. Consider Him Thus. Consider what He is in Himself, what He is to us, and what He will be to us hereafter and for ever. Amen.