April 25th, 2007
Skepticism is both good and bad. It’s a good thing not to believe everything that you hear. It’s important to be able to understand that investments which promise astoundingly high rates of return might not be all that they’re made out to be, and cars which use water as their only fuel might not be as effective as their inventor claims. Herbal medicines advertised in your emails might not perform exactly as advertised, and people from Nigeria who offer you a million dollars for helping them to transfer money into your bank account might not have your best interests at heart. So it’s good to be skeptical, but you can take it too far…
The Letter to the Hebrews — Chapter 3
3:1 Holy friends, partners in a heavenly calling, think about how Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our faith, 3:2 was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was also faithful with God’s family. 3:3 He is considered worthy of more glory than Moses, because someone who builds a house has more honour than the house. 3:4 Every house is built by someone, but the builder of everything is God.
3:5 On the one hand, Moses was faithful as a servant over all God’s family as a demonstration of what would be said in the future, 3:6 and on the other hand Christ is faithful as a Son over God’s family. We are his family, if we maintain our confidence and boldness in our hope. 3:7 As the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear his voice, 3:8 do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion in the time of testing in the wilderness, 3:9 when your ancestors tested me and saw the things that I did for forty years. 3:10 I was angry with that generation and said, ‘They always get sidetracked in their hearts, and they have not understood my ways.’ 3:11 In my anger I swore, They will never enter my rest.’”
3:12 Watch out, friends, in case anyone amongst you develops a sinful unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 3:13 Encourage each other day by day, while there still is a “today”, to make sure that none of you become calloused by the deceitfulness of sin. 3:14 We have become partners of Christ, if we maintain until the end the confidence which we had in the beginning.
3:15 It says, “Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.” 3:16 Who was it that rebelled when they heard? Was it not everyone Moses led out of Egypt? 3:17 Who was God angry with for forty years? Was it not the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 3:18 Who did he swear would never enter his rest, but those who were disobedient? 3:19 We see that they could not enter because of unbelief.