(Tap footnote to read it. Old Testament quotations are underlined. "Love" with a caret ("^love") is agapé.1"agapé" The Greek words ἀγάπη (agapé, noun), and ἀγαπάω (agapaó; verb) are typically translated "love". However, unlike our English word "love" – which primarily speaks of affection and feelings – agapé centers on choice and behavior. It’s the "love" based on will, choice, behavior, and action; not feelings. (Feelings-based love is the Greek word φιλέω (phileó), which properly means "brotherly love/affection".) Thus, you could hate someone passionately and still treat him with "agapé". Agapé "love" is best understood as the pursuit of what is most beneficial to someone or something, regardless of the cost to yourself or the type of response received from the person or thing. It can also indicate a preference for someone or something over other things. )
Carefully consider Jesus
- Therefore holy brothers – partakers of the heavenly calling – carefully consider the apostle and high priest of our confession: Jesus.
- who’s being faithful to the One who appointed Him, just as Moses also was in his whole house.
- For He has been deemed worthy of greater glory than Moses, for the One who built the house has much greater honor than the house itself.
- For every house is built by someone, but the One who built all things is God.
- And Moses was indeed faithful as a willing servant in his whole house for a testimony of the things which would be spoken.
- But the Anointed is faithful as a Son over His house – whose house we are if we hold fast to our confidence and the boast of our hope, [firm until the end].
- Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says: “If you heard His voice today,
- “you shouldn’t harden your hearts in provocation as in the day of testing in the wilderness,
- “where your fathers tested Me in a test, even though they saw My works for forty years.
- “Therefore, I was grievously angry with that generation and I said: “They always go astray in their hearts, and they didn’t know My ways”.
- “So I swore in My wrath: “They will not enter into My rest”.”1quotation/allusion to Psalm 95:7-11
The danger of unbelief
- Watch out brothers, lest at some time there will be an evil heart of unbelief in any of you to depart from the living God.
- But encourage one another, each and every day, as long as that day is called today, so any of you won’t be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
- For we have become partakers in the Anointed, if we hold fast from the beginning of our assurance, firm until the end.
- As it’s said: “If you hear His voice today, you shouldn’t harden your hearts as in provocation.”2quotation/allusion to Psalm 95:7-8
- For who provoked God after hearing? Wasn’t it all the men who came out of Egypt through Moses?
- And who was He grievously angry at for forty years, if not the men who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
- And who did He swear wasn’t to enter into His rest, if not the men who disobeyed?
- And we see that they weren’t able to enter because of unbelief.
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