Hebrews 4 Bible Study (Video)
Hebrews Chapter 4
Watch closely for this message of HEARING, but not Believing, with Faith.
Jews have been WORKING tirelessly to get right with God. This chapter is about a different kind of work. Working to enter rest, through faith.
We’ve been reading about Jews not yet willing to rest in Christ but instead choose the law. We call that the Sin of Unbelief.
Let’s now begin our study in Hebrews 4 – The Believer’s Rest
[Hebrews 4:1] 4 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.
Why Fear? Because of Coming short of believing the truth.
[Hebrews 4:2] 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also;
(OT Jews heading to the promise land)
[Hebrews 4:2-3] but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest,
What did they do to enter that rest? The believed. Not worked more, tried harder, or whatever.
[Hebrews 4:3 contd] just as He has said,
“As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,”
So if believing is how we enter rest, what stopped the Jews from entering?
[Hebrews 4:3-7] although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.”6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
“Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”
He’s Not saying work harder and sin less. He means Believe! It is about the heart, which is either dead in Adam or Alive in Christ.
[Hebrews 4:8-10] 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.
Do see it? You rested from your works. Because it’s about your faith and nothing else.
[Hebrews 4:11] 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
He’s saying work alright, but work to rest!!!!! I’ve said many times that serving God MUST start from a position of rest. Everything else flows from there.
[Hebrews 4:12-14] 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Again, Confession comes from the Greek word “Homologia” which means AGREE. Agree with what though? Agree that Jesus is the only way to God, by faith.
[Hebrews 4:15-16] 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
So lastly we see Jesus “sympathizes with our weaknesses”. That’s a big deal because He’s not mad at us. He cares deeply and He’s inviting us to “draw near with total confidence”. Note, He didn’t say throne of judgment. He said the “throne of GRACE”. And what will we find there? He said “mercy and grace in time of need”. News flash, you never need mercy and grace more than when your struggling, and it will never run out! Amen.
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