Song of Solomon 3 & Hebrews 3

Song of Solomon 3

    On my bed by night
    I sought him whom my soul loves;
        I sought him, but found him not.
    I will rise now and go about the city,
        in the streets and in the squares;
    I will seek him whom my soul loves.
        I sought him, but found him not.
    The watchmen found me
        as they went about in the city.
    “Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”
    Scarcely had I passed them
        when I found him whom my soul loves.
    I held him, and would not let him go
        until I had brought him into my mother's house,
        and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
    I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
        by the gazelles or the does of the field,
    that you not stir up or awaken love
        until it pleases.
        What is that coming up from the wilderness
        like columns of smoke,
    perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
        with all the fragrant powders of a merchant?
    Behold, it is the litter of Solomon!
    Around it are sixty mighty men,
        some of the mighty men of Israel,
    all of them wearing swords
        and expert in war,
    each with his sword at his thigh,
        against terror by night.
    King Solomon made himself a carriage
        from the wood of Lebanon.
    He made its posts of silver,
        its back of gold, its seat of purple;
    its interior was inlaid with love
        by the daughters of Jerusalem.
    Go out, O daughters of Zion,
        and look upon King Solomon,
    with the crown with which his mother crowned him
        on the day of his wedding,
        on the day of the gladness of his heart.

(Song of Solomon 3 ESV)

Hebrews 3

    Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.

    Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,

    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
        on the day of testing in the wilderness,
    where your fathers put me to the test
        and saw my works for forty years.
    Therefore I was provoked with that generation,
    and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart;
        they have not known my ways.’
    As I swore in my wrath,
        ‘They shall not enter my rest.’”
        Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,

    “Today, if you hear his voice,
    do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
        For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.

(Hebrews 3 ESV)

Hebrews 3: The very same Israelites that had witnessed firsthand God's deliverance from Egypt through supernatural plagues and the miraculous parting of the Red Sea were the very same people who rebelled against God, provoked God and disobeyed God in the wilderness through unbelief. We must not be so naive in discerning the Christian condition that we assume an initial profession of faith will always result in the perseverance of that same faith. 

Therefore, may we “take care” in constantly considering our Christian condition and remain watchful of any warning signs of unbelief. And may we daily encourage and exhort one another to hear our Lord’s voice and to consistently and obediently respond in genuine faith.