Hebrews Chapter 4

November 21, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Hebrews 4:1-16 (NIV)
1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.'” And yet his work has been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” 6 It still remains that some will enter that rest, and those who formerly had the gospel preached to them did not go in, because of their disobedience. 7 Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “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 his own work, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living 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. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. 16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:1-3

Some of the Jewish Christians the letter of Hebrews was written to were apparently on the verge of turning back from the promised rest in Jesus in much the same way that the people of Israel had turned back from entering the promised land with Moses. The reason was that the difficulties they were facing were caused them to doubt God. They did not trust that He would do what He promised. If we stop trusting in God and start relying on our own efforts we will not enter His rest. Most of this chapter is about trusting and obeying God. If we don’t trust, we will not obey.

Hebrews 4:4-11

God offers us the opportunity to experience the ultimate place of rest, which is found in Christ. The Sabbath-rest begins when we trust in Jesus as the Lord and Savior of our lives. We can rest from our works, which couldn’t accomplish anything and find life in His completed work at the cross and in the knowledge that He will complete His work in us. This rest and peace is available now and forever.

Hebrews 4:12

The Word of God is not just a collection of stories. It is alive. It is illuminated to us by His spirit. The word helps us to realize who we are and what we are not. We are to not only read the Word, we are to apply it, to be changed by it as the Spirit leads.

Hebrews 4:13

Nothing is hidden from God, and yet He still loves us! That is amazing.

Hebrews 4:14-16

Jesus is our great priest. He understands us, He intercedes for us and He cares for us. He is always available to us. Because of His great love for us, we can come boldly into the Throne Room when we need help to receive grace and mercy.

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