The first is the superiority of the Son – Jesus Christ – to Moses. 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. The second is to understand how the psalmist connected the dots – how he understood and applied Israel’s failure to enter into rest to his own day. The first understanding is reflected by the translation of the NASB; the second by the translation of the NIV. Chapter 8 is the solution. The first is those “key terms,” which are found in Psalm 95 and to which our author repeatedly refers. Throughout the book, the dwarfs have been the pawns of the forces of evil trying to destroy Narnia. 16 But if I do what I don’t want, I agree that the law is good. 34 For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession. 4 For he has spoken somewhere about the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works,” 5 but to repeat the text cited earlier: “They will never enter my rest!” 6 Therefore it remains for some to enter it, yet those to whom it was previously proclaimed did not enter because of disobedience. This is the key to fruitfulness. Anyone is at liberty to use this lesson for educational purposes only, with or without credit. The concept of rest is such a beautiful thing to one who is weary of striving to please God in his (or her) own strength. What was the sin of the Israelites which caused God to pronounce this inexorable judgment? God’s rest is entered by faith — by believing the gospel (verses 3-4). God can rest from His works, not only because He has completed his creation of humans and a perfect world for them to live in, but because he has created the perfect Emergency Rescue—the sacrifice of Christ, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev. National elections are coming soon, and many are concerned (downright worried) about the outcome. Have you experienced the rest which only Christ can give? They are eventually captured, and are set free by the forces of the good king. The latter half of the first century was not an easy or pleasant time to be a Jewish follower of Jesus. The first rest mentioned is the “rest” the first generation of Israelites failed to enter, namely entrance into the Promised Land and rest from its enemies (Hebrews 3:11). 33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:25-33). First, there is an urgency regarding the offer of rest. 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. 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. The context is pretty normative here. This in turn implies that “There remains a sabbath rest for the people of God” (Heb. There is the “rest” of entering the land of Canaan, which the first generation of Israelites failed to attain. Like the dwarfs, the Israelites failed to enter God’s Sabbath rest because of their unbelief. None of them. The Greek word translated “rest” in every other verse throughout Hebrews 3 and 4 is katapausis. Never thought we’d come to this.’ But very soon every dwarf began suspecting that every other dwarf had found something nicer than he had, and they started grabbing and snatching, and went on to quarreling, till in a few minutes there was a free fight and all the good food was smeared on their faces and clothes or trodden under foot. God’s Word is a key ingredient in the Book of Hebrews (as we will point out in our next lesson), although it is referred to by means of several different expressions. 4 They tie up heavy loads, hard to carry, and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing even to lift a finger to move them” (Matthew 23:1-4). That rest was not merely the rest of possessing the Promised Land, but a great rest, a “sabbath rest.” The source of this rest is God, who after having completed the work of creation, rested on the seventh day. We have seen indications of more than one “rest” in chapter 3. 23 And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for the one who made the promise is trustworthy. This is not the kind of “rest” we will be talking about in this lesson. These are areas in which God desires to lead us to rest, rather than leave us to trust in futile works of the flesh. 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). Therefore, press forward in continued obedience and persevere in faith. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.'”[2]. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry” (Matthew 11:28-30). “God’s works have been finished since the creation of the world.” (Heb. Anyone anywhere in the world with an Internet connection will be able to use and print out the NET Bible without cost for personal study. It is these repeated words and phrases which provide us with the key to understanding the author’s meaning of “rest.” Chapter 4 will conclude with an exhortation to strive to enter “God’s rest,” with an emphasis on the Word of God (verses 12-13) and on the high priestly ministry of our Savior (verses 14-16). To trust in Jesus is to cease from one’s own labors, one’s own efforts, and receive the fruit of the work which Jesus did on the cross of Calvary. Which raises the question whether there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. It was still “today.” Thus, for the psalmist, the offer of rest remains, as does the danger of failing to enter into it. Is the author of Hebrews saying this as well? Hebrews 4:9 "There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God." In giving them the land of Canaan, God had promised them that He would go before them and defeat all their enemies in order that they could live securely (Deuteronomy 12:9–10). 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. But how can one be guilty of the sins of a bygone generation? Instead, the Psalm he quotes refers to Massah and Meribah, where Israel demanded water from God (Ps. As I write this message (a little while after having preached it), the stock market has taken a serious downward turn. But Hebrews 4 assures the Jewish readers that the Sabbath rest remains. Surely his method of interpreting and applying Scripture is instructive to us as to how we should understand and apply Hebrews 3 and 4 today. Just as they received the good news of a promise of entering the land of Canaan, so we have received an even greater revelation of good news, the good news of salvation by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. That’s why they rest and why their ancestors since ancient times have rested. Praise God the answer immediately follows: 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! 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. 95; Ex. Paul[1] fashions a bridge connecting the old and the new for them to cross over. Even more, torn between the familiar beliefs and rituals they had cherished since childhood, and their staunch conviction regarding newly-discovered truth, the internal conflict must have been agonizing. Do I lose my rest because of this? 21 So, I find the law that when I want to do good, evil is present with me. Actual Sabbatarian arguments based upon Hebrews 4. Why don’t these side effects scare us to death? Because we assume that they are few and far between. 17 But now it is no longer me doing it, but sin that lives in me. On one particular Friday night, one of the members of our work crew wasn’t to be found, so we decided to search the building to find him. 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! It must be seized while it is today, for a “tomorrow” is coming when it will be too late, just as there was for the ancient Israelites. One said he was trying to eat hay and another said he had got a bit of an old turnip and a third said he’d found a raw cabbage leaf. It is even referred to as “so great a salvation” (2:3) and as “God’s voice” (3:7). And because they refused to trust, they could not enter God’s rest. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? 3 For God achieved what the law could not do because it was weakened through the flesh. What better way to understand our text than to grasp how the psalmist came to his interpretation and application. 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. And so we need to believe God and enter this rest, rather than to refuse to believe and fail to enter, as did the ancient Israelites. She blogs about religion, politics and government, and social justice at www.voicesfromthewilderness.net. As Paul puts it, they “hardened their hearts” against God’s love (Heb. When we come to faith in Christ, we are joined with Christ and with other believers (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 2:11-22; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10). (verse 11) Verse 9 states: But God has promised us a Sabbath when we will rest, even though it has not yet come. Unbelief leads to a hardened heart, which leads to rebellion and divine discipline. It is our Sabbath, and the Day of entering it is coming. 32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. 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. Furthermore, it enabled Him to become a faithful and merciful high priest. in 1971. 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. Instead, there was something far more deadly. It is an evil heart of unbelief that falls away from the living God (3:12, see also verse 19), while those who enter God’s rest do so by faith (4:3). Sonja DeWitt is a civil rights attorney with over 20 years of experience handling Equal Employment Opportunity cases. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Oh, that today you would listen as he speaks! 21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God (which is attested by the law and the prophets) has been disclosed – 22 namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe. 4. 6 For the outlook of the flesh is death, but the outlook of the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the outlook of the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to the law of God, nor is it able to do so. Chapters 3 and 4 will establish the superiority of the Son to Moses. 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. Either the readers are warned not to sin as those in the past sinned in the day of testing, or, the readers are warned not to sin as they did in the day of testing. 2 For the law of the life-giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. 4:10) but also a Sabbath celebration (Heb. Second, rest appears to be a day-by-day, “one day at a time” experience. For the Christian, there is not only the rest of salvation, but the day-to-day rest of dependence upon God for living the Christian life. God’s creation was finished. Hebrews 4 delves deep into the rich spiritual significance of the Sabbath, far beyond the first century Jewish obsession with prohibited behavior, surface understandings and rote rituals. 4:2). There are several terms on which the author builds his argument, so we will seek to define them, and then determine how these help us to understand what “rest” means for us. 2 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the NET Bible. We need to believe in God’s Word: 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. A few observations of these verses will prove helpful when we come to our text in chapter 4. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him. The Israelites set aside one day to cease from their labors when everyone around them strived seven days a week. [4] In Hebrews 3:7-4:16 we learn about the connection between believing/obeying the Gospel and rest/confidence. Paul proclaims that this Sabbath rest has always existed—has always been available to anyone who was willing (Heb. The first six verses of chapter 3 set out the argument and provide three examples of the superiority of the Son. 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. The “rest” into which we enter is God’s rest, God’s Sabbath rest, such as we find in Genesis 2:2 – the rest God entered after He had finished His work of creation. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? Sabbath-keeping continues for Christians today who look forward to being in God’s Kingdom. In Hebrews 3 and 4, Paul is giving these believers a brand-new context for understanding their beloved Sabbath day. “Aslan raised his head and shook his mane. English Standard Version So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, ... Hebrews 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 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. 9 Consequently a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. He is Adventist Today is pleased to release a new book by David Neff, the former editor of Christianity Today. 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. 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Have you ceased from fruitless efforts to win God’s favor? 35 So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. They also identified with the older generation by repeating their sins. 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. Because the first generation of Israelites failed so badly to enter God’s rest – in spite of the extent of revelation from God, and miracles to confirm it – we should have a keen sense of our own fallibility, and thus the danger of a failure in our faith and walk (4:1). AT publishes in a number of formats: daily on the Web, via Facebook and Twitter; weekly via Email; monthly via PDF; and quarterly in a print journal. 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. Faith is also known as belief, just as the absence of faith is unbelief. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 26 This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the present time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness (Romans 3:19-26). 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! The translation project originally started as an attempt to provide an electronic version of a modern translation for electronic distribution over the Internet and on CD (compact disk). But, Paul goes on, something else happened on that day. (Romans 7:15-24). We are not presented here with something that will be ours only when we 'get to heaven'. This proves that we are to keep the weekly Jewish Sabbath. Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). Do not harden your hearts, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar, You are always resisting the Holy Spirit, like your ancestors did, They killed those who foretold long ago the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become. How different this was from what the Jewish religious leaders did: 1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat. While the “good news” that the ancient Israelites received was not the full-blown gospel that we have heard, it was nevertheless good news that did them no good because they failed to believe it and act upon it. Community is not a term that is found in our text, or even in the Book of Hebrews. They believe they are still captive in a dark and filthy stable. The subtlety of the argument is that Moses did not lead the Israelites into Canaan; indeed, he and Aaron didn’t enter the land either. Then there was the “rest” to which the psalmist referred in Psalm 95 that was available in his time (“today”). Adventist Today (AT) is an independent journalism ministry serving the global Adventist community and readers interested in a reliable source of information about the Adventist faith and institutions. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. Just as the “good news” the ancient Israelites received did them no good because of their lack of faith, so our “good news” is only profitable through faith. On one particular Friday night, one of the members of our work crew wasn’t to be found, so we decided to search the building to find him. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? This is why the author can employ Psalm 95, a psalm which summons the community of faith to worship. 4 But “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, 5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. Have you entered that “rest,” my friend? 3:8). Click the cover below to learn how you can receive,  There’s a vulnerability of love for God […],  A new year gives us a new start. The author is not interested in a day of the week — he is concerned about how people respond to Jesus. But there must also be what we might call a “sanctification rest,” a rest from striving as Christians in the power of the flesh, in a futile effort to attain godliness. 9There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 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. 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. Text: Comments 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. When I think of the Old Testament law, with all of its requirements and stipulations, it makes me tired. And so it is that they became guilty of those sins, partners with that unbelieving and hard-hearted generation in their sin. There are many shocking moral collapses recorded against the Israelites in the wilderness—from the golden calf, to demanding that God give them meat, to orgies with the Moabites. 30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? 19 For I do not do the good I want, but I do the very evil I do not want! Fourth, this generation failed for forty years. The book continues on to explain how Christ’s sacrifice supersedes the Jewish system of sacrifice and renders it unnecessary. (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. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and concerning sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the righteous requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Instantly a glorious feast appeared on the dwarfs’ knees: pies and tongues and pigeons and trifles and ices, and each dwarf had a goblet of good wine in his right hand. 28 Why do you worry about clothing? 53 You received the law by decrees given by angels, but you did not obey it” (Acts 7:51-53, emphasis mine). There was no shocking moral failing there, no orgies, no blasphemy or idolatry. These folks rejected Jesus and chose to identify themselves with the Jews and the Judaism of a bygone day. (Hebrews 3:7, citing Psalm 95:7b). They demanded in bitter, resentful tones, “Is the Lord among us or not?” (Ex. In the Old Testament, the Law gave instruction about the Sabbath Rest. Paul grounds his argument in the story of creation which the readers had known well since childhood. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer me doing it but sin that lives in me. 24 And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works, 25 not abandoning our own meetings, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and even more so because you see the day drawing near (Hebrews 10:23-25). By the working of His Spirit in us, we are able, to some degree, to live a godly life (see Romans 8:1-17). How could one ever please God by the works of the law? 4:7). 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). Let the readers take note of what it means to identify with the rebels of the past, rather than with the Redeemer. So we have two ways of understanding this verse, due to a measure of ambiguity in the Greek text. So the whole point of Hebrews 3 and 4 is that the rest has not happened yet. Order the book here or order it directly from Amazon using this link. There is also “God’s rest,” which will be more fully explained in chapter 4. The purpose of Hebrews 4 is much broader, more profound than merely maintaining theological orthodoxy. Do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 4:7, referring once again to Psalm 95:7b). 17). The NET Bible remains somewhat neutral by rendering the verse literally, allowing the reader to go either way. That is the goal of this lesson. Hebrews 4 is the key to the rest of Hebrews. But the word translated “rest” in Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:9There remains therefore a rest to the people of God.American … There are many things which can interfere with our “resting” in Christ. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 4:10) We, like the Israelites, are invited—are urged—to enter into God’s rest—the rest of the Sabbath. This type of rest was alluded to right back at the time of creation, as well as at the time of the Exodus. 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. It is the message of salvation to which we are exhorted to give much more careful attention (2:1-4). But if physical rest is important to our physical well being, spiritual rest is even more important to our spiritual well being. Paul and his readers would have been astonished to discover that such a proof text would ever be needed. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[a](A)just as God did from his. Sixth, God was angry with this generation, and this resulted in their death in the wilderness (which is exactly what they asked for – Numbers 14:2), and thus their failure to enter into rest. First, verses 7-19 continue the theme of the superiority of Christ to Moses. 51 “You stubborn people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! We’ve known that for millennia. Let us rest in Him, who has done all the work for our salvation and sanctification, and who promises to lead us to eternal rest. Well, the warning certainly becomes more personal with the rendering of the NIV. 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). And when the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews uses Psalm 95, he does so in a way that makes it clear that there is still an offer of rest, and that it will be embraced and experienced or lost. If not, I urge you to do so “today” by acknowledging your sin and your inability to please God. It is this rest into which the ancient Israelites failed to enter, for “My rest” is God’s rest, God’s Sabbath rest. Hebrews 4:9, ESV: "So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God," Hebrews 4:9, KJV: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." It is not something that we believe for the moment, but rather something we believe and lay hold of day after day. And there is the eternal rest which all Christians will experience. Israel’s unbelief and disobedience was a persistent practice. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Not only water and trees and fruit-bearing plants and animals as companions and helpers, but, even more crucial, a plan to save them from themselves. For I want to do the good, but I cannot do it. Which of these does Paul cite as the reason Israel could not enter God’s rest? Jesus is our rest from works now, just as He is the door to heaven, where we will rest in Him forever. 3 Therefore pay attention to what they tell you and do it. 24 But they are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. We come to chapter 4. 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. True Sabbath rest does not come from adhering to the law or taking a break from work one day of the week. But it is a concept which is emphasized as vitally important to the believer. It was to these people that Hebrews was written. For a Hebrew Christian to entertain thoughts of retreating back to Judaism, of going back under the law, was to set aside rest for fruitless works. “Ah, but after all these millennia you still don’t get it!” sighs Paul, “You don’t understand what rest really means.” To show them, he carries them back to the very beginning—to God and His creation. But the message they heard did them no good, since they did not join in with those who heard it in faith4 (Hebrews 4:2, NET Bible; emphasis mine). My Christian friend, are you resting in what Christ has done for you? We do not labor to find favor with God through acts of our own personal merit, but rather we trust in the acceptance and love of God given to us in Yeshua. [1] Continuing with the Old Testament story, Hebrews takes the conquest of the land under Joshua as a further sign pointing toward our ultimate rest in the world to come. 1 The symbolic rest of God. But while acknowledging the familiar history of God’s Sabbath rest, he simultaneously reaches forward to give that original rest a new depth of meaning. For there is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Persecution is on the rise, not only in distant places, but in our own country. 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