For example, when Christ died as the sacrificial Lamb and the temple curtain was torn from top to bottom, it signaled the end of the sacrificial system. We are urged not to be like Israel—or like the dwarfs. Verses 9-10 in particular state, "So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his." By the working of His Spirit in us, we are able, to some degree, to live a godly life (see Romans 8:1-17). Sabbath-keeping continues for Christians today who look forward to being in God’s Kingdom. The promised land is a picture of God's ultimate rest, and their unbelieving rebellion excludes them from it. So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. It was to these people that Hebrews was written. Paul and his readers would have been astonished to discover that such a proof text would ever be needed. These folks rejected Jesus and chose to identify themselves with the Jews and the Judaism of a bygone day. That means the weekly Sabbath rest (along with the other rest commands in the Law of Moses) is a lesser expression—a shadow—of the true “rest” symbolically inaugurated at the seventh day of creation. There is surely a “salvation rest,” a resting from our works in an effort to earn God’s favor, when we come to faith in the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary. that today you would listen as he speaks! Chapter 3 ended with the warning that it was unbelief that kept the people of Israel from entering into the promised land and the rest God had promised there. “Do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the desert” (Hebrews 3:8, NIV, emphasis mine). Hebrews 4 is the key to the rest of Hebrews. And, as you need to gather every Sabbath, be encouraged by this sign God has given us of the certainty of the coming of His kingdom rest. It means quiet, soul-deep serenity—completely releasing our restless striving, our futile attempts to control our own destiny, our constant obsessive labor to take care of ourselves—to save ourselves. The Israelites refused to believe in the fatherly love that had surrounded and shielded them, clothed them and fed them, for long weary years in the desert. 35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. No one ever could, for the purpose of the law was not to provide men with a list of works by which one could be saved. But both are proper, especially the word sabbatism, in this place, because, by directing us to what is said Hebrews 4:4, it showeth the nature of that rest which remaineth to the people of God. Which of these does Paul cite as the reason Israel could not enter God’s rest? We should pray that we don’t have to flee on a Sabbath (Matthew 24:20). What does the Bible say to the church, and to the individual Christian, about the role of politics in the church? 4:10) We, like the Israelites, are invited—are urged—to enter into God’s rest—the rest of the Sabbath. This superior rest is the focus of verses 7-19. 52 Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute? True Sabbath rest does not come from adhering to the law or taking a break from work one day of the week. We come to Christ, and he gives us rest. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Israel’s rest in Canaan was only a type of the rest to come (v.8). 4:9). The question of Hebrews 4 is not, “What day is the Sabbath?” but “What is the Sabbath about?” And the answer is “rest.” But the knee-jerk response of the original Jewish readers would have been, “We already knew that! That is the true Sabbath rest. The one who has entered God’s rest has set aside striving in the flesh, and has trusted in the work God has finished, in Christ (4:7-10). in 1971. 20 For no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. If the danger facing the Hebrews was drifting from Christ and the New Covenant and falling back into Judaism and the Old Covenant, then verses 7-19 deal with this issue. The third key is to understand how our author interpreted and applied the lessons of Psalm 95 to his day. Why do you think we don’t light fires or thresh wheat or walk more than a Sabbath day’s journey?”. 1 The symbolic rest of God. And that is why the Sabbath day will never be replaced—will never become outdated or obsolete. This is why the author can employ Psalm 95, a psalm which summons the community of faith to worship. Fifth, the Israelites failed under Moses’ leadership, after hearing God speak to (and through) Moses, and after seeing many miracles in confirmation of Moses’ authority. It is He who holds the heart of the king in His hands: The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord like channels of water; he turns it wherever he wants (Proverbs 21:1). Paul proclaims that this Sabbath rest has always existed—has always been available to anyone who was willing (Heb. That’s the gang at the other end of the stable. Their greatest sin was not sexual immorality or idolatry or overt rebellion against God. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened (ESV, emphasis mine). There is still a “rest” that is available to us “today.” I would understand this to have present and future dimensions, just as salvation has. Now we come to a controversial statement: “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:9There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.American King James Version×). 22 For I delight in the law of God in my inner being. God’s rest is entered by faith — by believing the gospel (verses 3-4). But it wasn’t much use. (Heb. As it says, “Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks!Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:15, referring to Psalm 95:7b). So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). And there is the “rest” which was available to those whom the author of Hebrews was writing in his day: Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it (Hebrews 4:1, emphasis mine). The Son is characterized by a seven-fold description (verses 1-4), which is then buttressed by citations from Old Testament texts (verses 5-14). 14 You are the light of the world. God’s rest means unquestioning trust in God’s love. And that rest was God’s “Sabbath rest,” a rest still available, a rest of ceasing from futile works in an effort to earn God’s favor. And, tragically, because they would not allow God to free them from themselves, they could not enter the Sabbath rest. But the writer to the Hebrews also wants us to realize that our faith and Christian walk is not a solo proposition but a choir event. 13 But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception (Hebrews 3:12-13). Do I worry and fret about the future, or do I rest in God’s promises: 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. 2 For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. These are areas in which God desires to lead us to rest, rather than leave us to trust in futile works of the flesh. Furthermore, it enabled Him to become a faithful and merciful high priest. Second, these verses address the danger of falling back into Judaism. 4 It is interesting to recall how those who rebelled against God identified themselves with rebel leadership, while those who were faithful identified themselves with Moses and those who remained faithful to God. 3:8-11). We’ve known that for millennia. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it (NKJV, emphasis mine). The Sabbath to come is none other than the Sabbath that God has enjoyed since He finished creation (v. 5). The author is not interested in a day of the week — he is concerned about how people respond to Jesus. This salvation, prepared in advance, is the true basis for the Christian’s Sabbath rest. “‘Aslan,’ said Lucy through her tears, ‘could you—will you—do something for these poor dwarfs?’, “‘Dearest,’ said Aslan, ‘I will show you both what I can, and what I cannot, do.’ He came close to the dwarfs and gave a low growl: low, but it set all the air shaking. But the word translated “rest” in Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:9There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.American … We can see from the incidents underlying Psalm 95 that neither the first generation of Israelites nor Moses himself entered into the rest God had for them. Persecution is on the rise, not only in distant places, but in our own country. A few observations of these verses will prove helpful when we come to our text in chapter 4. First, verses 7-19 continue the theme of the superiority of Christ to Moses. Hebrews 4 Lack of faith caused failure to enter 1 Sabbath rest promised but people have not entered 4 Strive to enter because we have a great High Priest 11. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! My Christian friend, are you resting in what Christ has done for you? The Jewish Christians were suffering. For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them, since they were not united with those who heard it in faith (CSB, emphasis mine). It will resemble the rest of the sabbath, both in its employments and enjoyments. Have you experienced the rest which only Christ can give? Just as the psalmist could seize upon the term “today” and apply it to his readers, so God has fixed a “today” for us, the same “today” as was offered in the psalms. And it’s less awkward than continually referring to “the author.”. The Sabbath rest in Hebrews 4:9–10 is not simply a cessation of activity (Heb. As a never-ending reminder, not only of God’s works of love in Creation, but of His ultimate loving sacrifice to save us from the prison of ourselves and to give us eternal rest—the Sabbath rest remains. When the writer to the Hebrews cites from Psalm 95:7, he calls attention to the word “today.” He makes the point that while the “rest” that the first generation of Israelites failed to enter was dwelling in peace in the Promised Land, there was still a “rest” being offered in Psalm 95. He reassures and comforts these believers—demonstrating that their former beliefs as Jews were not mistaken or heretical, but that their ancestors had been led by God as surely as they themselves had been. In our last lesson, we saw how the author of Hebrews warned us about failure to enter God’s rest, due to unbelief, a hardened heart, and disobedience. If only 5% of those who take a pill have their hair fall out, then I conclude that it probably won’t happen to me, especially if the pill will fulfill all the promises that are made concerning its benefits. If not, I urge you to do so “today” by acknowledging your sin and your inability to please God. Is the author of Hebrews saying this as well? The NET Bible provides us with the most literal translation of verse 8. 4:6). (1) The good news did not do some any good because they did not identify themselves with people of faith. It is very possible that the concept of “community” is referred to in verse 2 of chapter 4: For we had good news proclaimed to us just as they did. This must be a different rest because the readers are now dwelling in the Promised Land, and “rest” is still being offered. 33 At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. (Romans 7:15-24). 12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. “God’s works have been finished since the creation of the world.” (Heb. We can and should rest in the knowledge that it is God who raises up kings and who puts them down. But Hebrews 4 assures the Jewish readers that the Sabbath rest remains. Chapter 2 begins with an exhortation to pay even more careful attention to the revelation which has come through the Son. Hebrews 4 refers to the Israelites previously "not entering their rest" (verses 11, 5) and also that we should "make every effort to enter into that rest." 37 For just a little longer and he who is coming will arrive and not delay. 7 And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7). The prison in their minds—a prison of distrust of the One trying to help them and refusal to depend on anyone outside themselves—was so strong they could not break free. 7 So God again ordains a certain day, “Today,” speaking through David after so long a time, as in the words quoted before, “O, that today you would listen as he speaks! They believe they are still captive in a dark and filthy stable. (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has promised us a Sabbath when we will rest, even though it has not yet come. Like the dwarfs, the Israelites failed to enter God’s Sabbath rest because of their unbelief. The ‘rest’ of Hebrews 4 clearly refers to the Kingdom of God. We cleaned the student union center from midnight Friday night to 8 a.m. Saturday morning. 10 For the one who enters God’s rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works (Hebrews 4:1-10).2, When I was in college, I worked on the night maintenance crew. The writer to the Hebrews exhorts his readers to “enter in” to the Sabbath rest provided by Christ. 31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. There is also “God’s rest,” which will be more fully explained in chapter 4. The Greek word translated “rest” in every other verse throughout Hebrews 3 and 4 is katapausis. But if physical rest is important to our physical well being, spiritual rest is even more important to our spiritual well being. This is not the kind of “rest” we will be talking about in this lesson. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. And then there are the sleeping pills that we “can ask our doctor about to see if they are right for us.”. Tonight we continue our series of the Book of Hebrews, and we come to chapter 4. After urging us to ask our doctor about the usefulness of a certain medication, they go on to list all of the possible side effects. In addition, anyone who wants to share the Bible with others can print unlimited copies and give them away free to others. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. This “rest” must be more than merely entering Canaan because Joshua did lead the second generation of Israelites into the Promised Land, and yet many years later the psalmist spoke of a rest that was still available, a greater rest. Hebrews 4 speaks of Jesus as our Sabbath rest. And because they refused to trust, they could not enter God’s rest. Psalm 95:11 (quoted in Hebrews 4:3) implies that Joshua could not have given the people “real rest” since “through David” God speaks about the rest he will give on another day (Heb. How could one ever please God by the works of the law? It was completed by more than twenty biblical scholars who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts. Anyone is at liberty to use this lesson for educational purposes only, with or without credit. 4:10) but also a Sabbath celebration (Heb. We have this hope as an anchor of the soul. None of them. God’s Word is the Father’s full and final revelation through the Son, the crowning conclusion to previous revelations through the prophets (1:1-4). And then simply trust in the only provision God has made for sinners to be forgiven and to enter into His rest. The purpose of Hebrews 4 is much broader, more profound than merely maintaining theological orthodoxy. Sleeping on the job is not “rest.”, I fear there are some Christians who may be “sleeping on the job.” If so, this message will not provide any comfort for them. It is the “rest” which is the key to the rest which is available to us today. As Christians and as Jews, these people suffered persecution from within and without—from their own people, the Jews, and from the Romans outside. Paul explains that God’s rest means ceasing from “our works”—our own righteousness—and trusting God to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. 4:10, Titus 3:5-6). Because we assume that they are few and far between. The “rest” we are talking about is not the kind that you find a couple of weeks in the summer, in a hammock, or in bed. National elections are coming soon, and many are concerned (downright worried) about the outcome. And that way was the promised Messiah, Jesus the Christ: 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. What was the sin of the Israelites which caused God to pronounce this inexorable judgment? But, Paul goes on, something else happened on that day. 1 Therefore we must be wary that, while the promise of entering his rest remains open, none of you may seem to have come short of it. Although the pastor meant well, he missed the point of Sabbath rest, it is not one day a week set aside to rest from our labors; the Sabbath Rest is Jesus. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It turned out that he had curled up under a piano and was getting his rest. This rest is the rest from our labors. A day to “rest from our works, as God did from His.” (Heb. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith. The first is the superiority of the Son – Jesus Christ – to Moses. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks! We can forsake our rest because of worries about our families and even about our ministries. This chapter has often been used by Adventists as a proof text for the continuity of Sabbath-keeping after Christ’s death, but that was not Paul’s intent. This weekly act of keeping the Sabbath reminds us of this glorious hope. (NJB) Hebrews 4:5 relates it to the (final) resting "place" as well: And, again, the passage above says: They will never reach my place of rest. 25 God publicly displayed him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. The symbolic nature of the Sabbath had been completely reversed. 17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. 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