My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hebrews 3

Making change

Summary:
Moses was a good servant of God, but Jesus is God's Son. He beats him like rock beats scissors.

Don't harden your heart like in the desert! Don't sin, and encourage each other every day. Remember those who didn't enter the promised land because of their unbelief. Don't be like them!

Key verse:
13. encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.

My thoughts:
Paul's letter are generally not apologetic or evangelistic. They are designed to encourage those already in faith. Mr. Hebrews, however, seems to be trying to woo a Jewish crowd into the cult of Jesus.

Saying that Jesus is better than Moses would've been pretty controversial. Coming to Jesus from Judaism is a big step of faith! Mr. Hebrews is appealing to the notion that those who are slow to accept change get left behind. Jesus is a big change, but if they don't believe then they are just like those in the desert who couldn't accept the switch from Egypt to Canaan. God had to wait for the next generation then.

Hebrews is, of course, full of Old Testament Scriptures. I generally don't really represent these in the summary, but rather just get their point across.

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