Respond to Jesus’ voice now
7 So, as the Holy Spirit says,
Today, if you hear his voice,
8 don’t have stubborn hearts
as they did in the rebellion,
on the day when they tested me in the desert.
9 That is where your ancestors challenged and tested me,
though they had seen my work for forty years.
10 So I was angry with them.
I said, “Their hearts always go off course,
and they don’t know my ways.”
11 Because of my anger I swore:
“They will never enter my rest!”
12 Watch out, brothers and sisters, so that none of you have an evil, unfaithful heart that abandons the living God. 13 Instead, encourage each other every day, as long as it’s called “today,” so that none of you become insensitive to God because of sin’s deception. 14 We are partners with Christ, but only if we hold on to the confidence we had in the beginning until the end.
15 When it says,
Today, if you hear his voice, don’t have stubborn hearts
as they did in the rebellion.
16 Who was it who rebelled when they heard his voice? Wasn’t it all of those who were brought out of Egypt by Moses? 17 And with whom was God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it with the ones who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? 18 And against whom did he swear that they would never enter his rest, if not against the ones who were disobedient? 19 We see that they couldn’t enter because of their lack of faith.