Hebrews 4: 1- 16
In Hebrews 3, the author rests his case that Jesus was superior to Moses. The Jews of the Exodus could not enter into the promised land because of unbelief. The same applied to us. If we failed to believe in the goodness and grace of God, we will not enter into God’s blessing.
VV 1-3, 1Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 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.3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
We must not allow unbelief to disqualify ourselves from entering into His rest like the Jews of the Exodus. The good news of the promised land was preached to them, but they did not mix it with faith, and it did not profit them. The good news of the gospel had been preached to us. If we do not mix it with faith, it will not profit us. If God gives a promise, we must step out in faith and receive it. Mix with faith means to believe and act upon it. The author quoted Psalm 95: 11, “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ”
VV 4-8, 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
The rest that God wants them and us to enter is not the Sabbath day rest of the creation. It is not Canaan rest, the rest of entering into promise land that Joshua led them into. If this is the rest, then God would not have spoken about another rest. The author quoted Psalm 95:7-8, “Today if only you would hear his voice, 8 ‘Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness’ “.
VV 9-11, 9 There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us, therefore, be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
The rest that is yet to come is not a day of the Sabbath rest, not a place of the Canaan rest, but a person, Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Sabbath. The rest that God spoke about is a relationship with a person, Jesus Christ. It is available to everyone and everyone can enter into His rest. Work diligently to enter this rest by having a relationship with Him. If you enter this rest, you will get the blessings of the promised land. Do not follow the sad example of the Jews of the Exodus.
V V 12-13, 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
The word of God is powerful when you consider the story of the Jews’ failure to believe in the promise of God. The word of God is a two-edged sword that pierces, cuts, divides, and discerns our conscience. 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. Nothing is hidden from the omniscient God who He sees all things, and to whom we must give an account on the day of judgment.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us, therefore, come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We have a great, faithful, and compassionate High Priest who knew everything that we went through. He could identify with our weaknesses, sufferings, and temptations because He went through all of these. We have a High Priest who understands. Come boldly, not fearfully, into the throne of grace and we will obtain mercy and find grace. Mercy is not getting the death penalty that we deserve. Grace is getting the eternal life that we do not deserve.