Monday, 15 June 2020 Hebrews 4:1-16
Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall according to the same example of unbelief. -Hebrews 4:11
The book of Hebrews highlights Jesus Christ as the better sacrifice, better than the Prophets, Angels, Moses, Joshua, Aaron and the earthly high priest!! In today’s reading, the reference is about rest - Joshua could not give true rest to his people the way Christ would give. The rest that remains for the people of God is Rest in Christ and eternal rest in the next life. The Holy Spirit exhorts us to not to fall like the way the Israelites did in the O.T (v1) and warns us to enter into rest by faith and not by works (Heb 4:10-11).
Let’s look into the aspect of Rest spoke here:
Fearing - "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" (Heb 4:1):- The verse is an exhortation to be diligent lest we should fail like children of God did. The Lord had brought them out of slavery from Egypt and led them wonderfully through the wilderness with His mighty hands. God says in Exodus 19:4: “You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles' wings and brought you to myself.” After all these marvelous works they saw and heard from the Lord, the word preached to them did not profit them (Heb 4:2)- their unbelief prevented them from entering the Promised Land- Canaan
The promise of Eternal life is clearly written throughout the word of God but still the evil heart of unbelief leads man to depart from the living God. (Heb.3:12).
A child of God is born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter1:23). Being Saved or baptized does not guarantee him/her to enter into the Promised land unless he/she faithfully follows the word of God- not only hearing/reading the word of God but it has to becomes a part of our life. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only…