Hebrews: Who is Jesus? | Day Three
Faithful | By: Kate Downing
“Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.” - Hebrews 3:12
Stop and praise God for two things. Then, thank Him for the opportunity to read His Word. Ask Him to speak to you about the faithfulness of Jesus through Hebrews.
Read Hebrews 3:1-3. Remembering back to what we learned on day one, to whom was Hebrews written?
What do you know about Moses? How important was Moses to the Jewish people?
Re-read Hebrews 3:1-3 and circle every time the word “faithful” is used.
How is Jesus more faithful than Moses according to these verses?
While the Israelites wandered the desert for decades, Moses built the Tabernacle, or a tent, where God descended to meet with Moses. This tent was considered the “house of God,” a holy meeting place. Hebrews 2:6 tells us that believers in Jesus Christ now make up the house of God. God no longer needs a Tabernacle or temple to meet with His people. Instead, He dwells in everyone who puts his or her faith in Him. We have become His dwelling place because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Read Hebrews 3:7-11. This is a quotation from Psalm 95:7-11.
What does the author mean by “the rebellion”? (For more on this, see Exodus 14.)
How did the people of Israel “harden” their hearts?
Read Hebrews 3:16-19. According to verse 19, why could the people of Israel not enter into the Promised Land?
Unbelief. It doesn’t seem like a very intense thing, but unbelief kept an entire people group from experiencing the blessing of God!
Read Hebrews 3:12-15. Write the warning given in verse 12-13 in your own words.
What word is used to describe an unbelieving heart in verse 12? Why is an unbelieving heart such a big deal?
Unbelief is rooted in not trusting God to be faithful. The people of Israel didn’t trust God to give them the Promised Land. We often struggle to believe God will be faithful to the promises He has made to us. However, we are encouraged to do something really important in verse 14. Write out verse 14.
What does this verse call us to do?
Who are we to be confident in?
Are you fearfully standing right outside the blessing of God because you are struggling to believe He is faithful? Have you been blinded by the “what if’s” and the unknown? Take a lesson from the Israelite people who “…could not enter in because of unbelief” (Hebrews 3:19). The beginning of this chapter talked about the faithfulness of Jesus. The word “faithful” means trustworthy. Jesus is trustworthy. He has always kept His promises. He has always come through. And, He always will!
APPLY: List the times in your life and/or times in the Bible that Jesus was faithful.
Spend a few minutes thanking Him for being faithful. Now, ask Him to help you learn to trust Him to be faithful in the future.