Today If You Hear His Voice

Hebrews opens with God speaking through a son, Jesus Christ. Then it says in Hebrews 2:3 that “salvation had its beginning when it was spoken through the Lord”. But the only way for that salvation to be accomplished was, in Hebrews 2:14 “since the children share in blood and flesh, he also in like manner shared in these same things”. And, because he did become like us, he was able to “destroy the one who has the power of death, that is the devil”.

Three times in the beginning chapters of Hebrews we find this phrase, “Today, if you hear his voice” immediately followed by “do not harden your hearts”. In the first instance, they “tested me by trial”. In the second instance, they were disobedient. They didn’t hold on to God’s promise to them. In the third instance, there is an admonition to enter, in Hebrews 4:10, “into his rest”, that is to cease from our own works. We can trust God.

You Are My Son

Hebrews 1:5–14
In the opening verses of Hebrews, the many ways God had spoken to the Jewish people are mentioned, the Law of Moses, the prophets, the Psalms, but these are only the backdrop to the one God is using today. Today, God is speaking through his son, Jesus Christ.

In Hebrews 1:5 he says “you are my son … I will be his father”. Then Hebrews 1:6 makes an odd statement, “when he brings his firstborn into the world”. Adam was the first man and long ago. Angels are created beings and existed long before man. So when God makes this statement, he is introducing something new. This is the beginning of a new relationship, a new covenant. This is a new kingdom in Hebrews 1:8 “your throne is forever” and it is a kingdom of righteousness and joy in vs. 9.

In this kingdom, Jesus is firstborn and there will be many others “who are going to inherit salvation” as it says in Hebrews 1:14 but it also says alll of the angels are “spirits engaged in special service, sent on assignment” for us that believe.

So Great A Salvation

Hebrews 2:1–4
In Hebrews 2:1 it says, pay attention … lest we drift away”. And this is a reminder that the things of this world will separate us if we allow them to. Then Hebrews 2:2 makes reference to the Law of Moses which was administered by angels

Exodus 23:20–22 (LEB) “ ‘Look, I am about to send an angel before you to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared. 21 Be attentive to him and listen to his voice; do not rebel against him, because he will not forgive your transgression, for my name is in him. 22 But if you listen attentively to his voice and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and a foe to your foes.

But lets not miss the main point here in Hebrews 2:3-4 “salvation which had its beginning when”. This covenant, this kingdom realm, began when “it was spoken through the Lord and confirmed to us by those that heard, while God was testifying at the same time by signs and wonders”. With God, nothing comes into existence without being spoken.

Mark 16:19–20 (LEB) Then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and* proclaimed everywhere, while* the Lord was working together with them* and confirming the message through the accompanying signs.

What Is Man That You Remember Him

Hebrews 2:5–9
Man, by creation, is lower than angels. Less in strength, limited in life, yet God cares for us. In Hebrews 2:9 “we see Jesus, for a short time made lower than the angels … so that apart from God he might taste death on behalf of everyone”. His, Jesus, first step was taking on flesh which was subject to death.

Bringing Many Sons to Glory

Hebrews 2:10–18
This salvation is for all of us that are, in Hebrews 2:14 “blood and flesh”. So, Jesus, as it goes on to say, “also in like manner shared in these same things”. He did this so “he could destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil”.

Get these two main points here: Jesus had to take on human flesh, he had to be one of us as Hebrews 2:13 says “I and the children “. And his intent and purpose was so that, as it says in Hebrews 2:14 he could “destroy … the devil”.

And there was one more reason, in Hebrews 2:18 “he himself suffered”, so no one can ever say that he doesn’t know what it is like to be human. He has experienced this life just as we are experiencing it.

Consider Jesus

Hebrews 3:1–6
It says in Hebrews 3:1 “consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession” and goes on to commend him as faithful in Hebrews 3:2 and Hebrews 3:6. There is a distinction though between Moses and Jesus. Moses, in Hebrews 3:5, “was faithful … for a testimony to the things that would be spoken”. Jesus, now called Christ in Hebrews 3:6, “was faithful as a son over his house”.

The parable of the tenant farmers in the vineyard in Matthew 21:33-44 describes exactly the condition in the earth, the devil was granted occupancy (see Matthew 4:8-10) but it is about over.

Matthew 21:37–39 (LEB) So finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance!’ 39 And they seized him and* threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

Side note:
The earliest Christian confessions include that Jesus is the Christ (Acts 5:42; 9:22), that He is Lord (1 Cor 12:3; 2 Cor 4:5), and that He is the Son of God (Acts 9:20; Rom 1:3–4).1

Today, If You Hear His Voice

Hebrews 3:7–11
God has been revealing himself through our generations and it says here in Hebrews 3:7 “just as the Holy Spirit says, Today, if you hear his voice”. This is the first of three times that we are warned, in Hebrews 3:8 “do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion”

The rebellion Refers to Massah and Meribah (Psa 95:8), where the Israelites argued with Moses over God’s provision for them (Exod 17:1–7; Num 20:2–13).2

They didn’t believe God would see them through, but in Hebrews 3:9 “tested me by trial and saw my works” making God prove He would take care of them.

Proverbs 1:20–24 (LEB) Wisdom calls out in the streets, in the squares she raises her voice. 21 On a busy corner she cries out, at the entrances of the gates in the city, she speaks her sayings: 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love simplicity? And how long will scoffers delight in their scoffing, and fools hate knowledge? 23 May you turn to my argument! Behold, I shall pour out my spirit upon you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I called out and you refused me, I stretched out my hand, yet there is none who heeds.

Encourage One Another Day By Day

Hebrews 3:12–19
In Hebrews 3:12 it says “watch out” then “an evil, unbelieving heart … that you fall away”. Then in Hebrews 3:13 it mentions being “hardened by sin” and the remedy for this is that we “encourage one another”.

Now, the second time we see, in Hebrews 3:15 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” with the result that they, in Hebrews 3:19 “were not able to enter because of unbelief”. These, it says in vs. 18 were disobedient. They didn’t hold on to God’s promise to them.

We Also Have Had The Good News Proclaimed To Us

Hebrews 4:1–5
In Hebrews 4:1 it is possible to “fall short” and this happens when, in Hebrews 4:2 “the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united with those who heard it in faith”. It says in Hebrews 4:3, “these works have been accomplished from the foundation of the world” but there are some that will never benefit. We must be, from vs. 2, “those who heard it in faith”.

The Word of God Is Living And Active

Hebrews 4:6–13
Now, for the third time, we find in Hebrews 4:7 “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” This last time is in the context of sabbath rest. And I am going to characterize this as complete trust, complete peace knowing that God has it all covered for you. It says in

Hebrews 4:10 (LEB) For the one who has entered into his rest has also himself rested from his works, just as God did from his own works.

Then we find two statements:
In Hebrews 4:12 “the word of God is … able to judge the reflections and thoughts of the heart”.
In Hebrews 4:13 “all things are naked and laid bare to the eyes of him to whom we must give our account.

God knows exactly what we are thinking and believing and planning and there is no hiding any of it from him.

Study Verses

  • Hebrews 2:1–4
  • Hebrews 2:10–18
  • Hebrews 3:7–11

Today’s Reading

  • Hebrews 1:5-14
  • Hebrews 2:1-18
  • Hebrews 3:1-19
  • Hebrews 4:1-13

References

  • 1. Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Heb 3:1). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
  • 2. Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Heb 3:8). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.