The Weekend Word
6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
- Who /What is the house? The Church – the baptized believers
- To Moses, The House = Israel – oh, but things have changed.
- Moses had a service to God, just as we are called to service to God.
- Eph 2:8-10 “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
- How do you look at that? How do we carry that out?
- As Lutherans we look only to Vocation – serving our neighbor. God does not need nor want our good works, but our neighbor has an absolute need for them.
- Look how God prepped Moses
- Raised for 40 years in Pharaoh’s palace – I am sure that he was raised with at least an MBA education – Pharaoh’s plan – for Moses to run the world
- God’s plan – to lead 2 million people to the Promised Land.
- Then 40 years in the exile, herding sheep. Teaching Moses humility and trial.
- The 2 together gave Moses what he needed for 40 yrs leading the people in the wilderness.
- For what and how is God preparing you for service? How are you responding? Are you looking to your neighbor to find God’s plan?
Verses 7-11 here are quoted from verses 7-11 in Psalm 95 (a small oddity)
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice,
- The writer makes no bones – the Holy Spirit speaks today
- If you hear – what does this mean? Does not everyone hear?
- What makes the difference between those who hear and those who don’t?
8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness,
- Harden your heart – What kind of a heart are we born with? A hard heart – a stony heart – a heart that is set against God.
- Not a soft or a fleshly heart. To change a heart, it takes hearing the voice of God.
- So, if he is talking to “brothers” does this mean that it is possible to “re harden your heart?
- If nothing else, this should help us understand others who do not see or hear what we tell them – they cannot, they have a hard heart.
- where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years.
10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’
- Here is the great mystery for us today.
- If God has given you a new soft heart, why would we want to rebel?
- Luther once said “The thing we love the most about ourselves is our motives – AND the last thing we want is God questioning or spiritual motives
11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
- I don’t know what “As I swore in my wrath” means, but it does not sound like something I want to hear pronounced on me.
- My rest = to them The Promise Land
- The OT speaks of Sabbath Rest
- The believer does not need to wait for heaven for God’s rest – we have rest in Jesus Christ.
- Coming to church
- In His Word
- In Holy Communion
- The world around us is in turmoil, but that is not from God.
- God is not after you – God is not mad at you – God is for you.
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
- Take care
- Exhortation to us / them
- This is the 2nd warning passage
- 1st was in ch 2:1-4
- Brothers is a big deal
- Also, “fall away” how does an unbeliever fall away? Fall away from what?
13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
- Being a lone ranger Christian is not an option
- It cannot just be “me and my bible.”
- How long is it called “today”? Everyday!!