Hebrews Chapter 4 is about the Sabbath being a day of rest. Those who were considered people of God could still look forward to the rest that had been promised to them by God. However, they should be careful not to fall short of this.
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Sharing in the Lord’s Rest
Paul explained in Hebrews Chapter 4 that there are those who have heard the word but kept their hearts hard. This meant that what they heard did not matter to them because they had no faith. These people, as Paul quoted from the book of Psalms, would not share in the Lord’s rest.
Heed the Voice of God
Paul reiterated one of the points that he made in the previous chapter by urging readers to heed the voice of God when He is calling. He encourages this because only those who obey God will be able to find rest. Those who do not obey Him will never enter into that rest which was promised.
He explained that anyone who enters the Kingdom of God would be able to rest from their works. This means that everyone should strive to enter the rest and not fall short due to their disobedience.
Paul Describes the Word of God
Paul spoke about the Word of God in Hebrews Chapter 4, calling it sharp like a double-edged sword. He said that it is active and nothing is hidden from it. Everything is exposed and laid bare. Everyone is accountable for what they do.
Paul then spoke about Jesus who ascended to heaven and is now the High Priest. He explained that Jesus is the son of God, yet He is able to empathize with everyone’s weakness and human nature because He became a man himself. Jesus Himself was tried and tested. He had the opportunity to commit sin just as everyone else has, but He chose to obey God.
Hebrews 4 (King James Version)
1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.