FRI. OCT 21 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | HEBREWS 4 – PASTOR SHAUN HOST

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Hebrews 4

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God

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. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.[a] 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.’”[b]

And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”[c]And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”

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, 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.”[d]

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] 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.

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] 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 empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Devotional

Hebrews 4

Don’t you hate when this happens… You’re headed someplace and there’s a roadblock, a detour, An obstacle or problem. Sometimes life just seems to be one fallen tree after another. We have to look to God and let Jesus give us REST for our soul. Ask him to give us peace and direction then move forward. When I try to figure out how to solve the issues before me alone, well I don’t do so well. But when I rest and place it in Gods hands it gives me peace knowing that the best person I can ask is helping me figure it out.We can either face it head on and learn from it or we can run from it, but often that causes a bigger issue. Because of Jesus we can ask God for guidance and help. We’ve been talking about spiritual Rest and physical rest. I love the parallels between the Old and New Testaments. Physical Rest .. we all need it: to regroup, relax, and rest.

This chapter started with the word ‘therefore’: meaning it’s a continuation from chapter 3 without pause. And that’s where we see that warning repeated, “Don’t miss Gods rest!”

1) Rest means peace with God.
2) Rest means deliverance from burdens of the mosaic observances (what we are learning about in Leviticus with all of their offerings).
3) Rest means freedom from bondage.
4) Rest means freedom of worship!
5) Rest means the rest that God himself enjoys.

Pastor Shawn reminded us that Rest is something we have to pursue daily. Seeking God’s voice… and when we’re disobedient it’s one of the key factors that keep us from entering into that rest. We don’t have to work work work to get closer to God that has been handled by Jesus. We just need to be intentional to enter rest by faith.
Faith is an action word.

If we’re going to get anything from studying the Bible our hearts and our minds are open and receptive as we dig in to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us. The level of our faith determines how much the Holy Spirit feeds your mind and heart. It’s a process of growing in faith. The deeper we get in our faith the deeper the understanding of the Holy Bible.

Pastor Shawn attached that document this morning so we could have it with us to refer to it. The Power of God. Just as Jesus surpassed Moses, he also surpassed Aaron – Gods high priest. Hebrews continues to explain the reasons of Jesus superiority. Gods Power. Jesus intercedes for us before God.
Faith.

Full
Assurance
In
Trusting
Him

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