My dear brothers and sisters, those who share in this journey of faith, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our calling. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.
But Jesus is worthy of greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house is worthy of greater glory than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.
Moses was faithful as a servant in God’s house, testifying to what God said would happen in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son who is set in authority over all of God’s house. And we are that house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
That’s why the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts
as your ancestors did during the rebellion, the time of testing in the wilderness. There they tested and tried me, even though they’d witnessed what I could do for forty years. That’s why I was angry with them, and said, ‘Their hearts always turn away from me and they haven’t learnt my ways.’ So I swore and oath in my anger: ‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
Be careful then, my brothers and sisters. Make sure that none of you has a faithless and rebellious heart that turns away from the living God. Instead, encourage each other every day, while it’s still “today,” so that none of you are hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Chris, provided we hold our original conviction firmly to the end. As we’ve just: “Today, if you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts as your ancestors did during the rebellion.”
And who was it who rebelled against God, even though they’d heard his actual voice? Wasn’t it all those people who Moses led out of Egypt? And who angered God for forty long years? Wasn’t it all those people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear they’d never enter his rest? Wasn’t it all those people who’d disobeyed him?
So we see that they were unable to enter because of their faithlessness.