Hebrews 4:7-13

Hebrews 4:7-13

7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their labors, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:7-13

Once again we return to Psalm 95:7b-8a in verse 7 above plus Psalm 95 is quoted in verses 3 and 5 as well. It should be obvious Psalm 95 had a major impact on the writer of Hebrews in chapters 3 and 4. Nonetheless, today we will focus on 4:7 and 4:12 with the other verses provided for context.

God again set a certain day, calling it ‘Today’ with ‘today’ in the time of David as if it was then, in David’s time, an offer of rest as noted in verse 8. This is a rest available for anyone who enters God’s rest, not only Israelites. The writer implies God’s rest could be lost if one hardened their heart, thus the admonition do not harden your hearts.

How could you lose God’s rest or how could you harden your heart? The answer is disobedience as stated in verse 6 which makes it clear God’s rest is heaven: Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience.

Sometimes we might think, deceiving ourselves, we can fool God with our disobedience, but we cannot as verses 12 and 13 make explicit

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Hebrews 4:12-13

We might deceive people or even ourselves, but we cannot deceive God for Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. The word of God judges the thoughts and attitudes the heart. So let us be careful of thoughts and attitudes that might lead us into disobedience.

It’s Friday and COLD in Dayton/Beavercreek – a high yesterday of 56 and today begins with 22 degrees! Nonetheless, the sun is shining and I hope you have a Great Weekend and remember to Go To Church.

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