And so, dear brothers and sisters who belong to God a and are bound for heaven, think about this Jesus whom we declare to be God's Messenger and High Priest.
For he was faithful to God, who appointed him, just as Moses served faithfully and was entrusted with God's entire house.
But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a fine house deserves more praise than the house itself.
For every house has a builder, but God is the one who made everything.
Moses was certainly faithful in God's house, but only as a servant. His work was an illustration of the truths God would reveal later.
But Christ, the faithful Son, was in charge of the entire household. And we are God's household, if we keep up our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.
That is why the Holy Spirit says, "Today you must listen to his voice.
Don't harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled, when they tested God's patience in the wilderness.
There your ancestors tried my patience, even though they saw my miracles for forty years.
So I was angry with them, and I said, 'Their hearts always turn away from me. They refuse to do what I tell them.'
So in my anger I made a vow: 'They will never enter my place of rest.'" b12
Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. c Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God.
You must warn each other every day, as long as it is called "today," so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
But never forget the warning: "Today you must listen to his voice. Don't harden your hearts against him as Israel did when they rebelled." d16
And who were those people who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Weren't they the ones Moses led out of Egypt?
And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn't it the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?
And to whom was God speaking when he vowed that they would never enter his place of rest? He was speaking to those who disobeyed him.
So we see that they were not allowed to enter his rest because of their unbelief.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)