DAILY WORD 6/13/20
3. For only we who believe can enter his rest. As for the others, God said, “In my anger I took an oath: ‘They will never enter my place of rest,’” even though this rest has been ready since he made the world.
4. We know it is ready because of the place in the Scriptures where it mentions the seventh day: “On the seventh day God rested from all his work.”
5. But in the other passage God said, “They will never enter my place of rest.”
6. So God’s rest is there for people to enter, but those who first heard this good news failed to enter because they disobeyed God.
7. So God set another time for entering his rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David much later in the words already quoted: “Today when you hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts.”
8. Now if Joshua had succeeded in giving them this rest, God would not have spoken about another day of rest still to come. 9. So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. 10. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.
11. So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
Hebrews 4:3–11 NLT
Before I begin I wanted to make a small correction. I made a mistake in yesterday’s DAILY WORD post stating that the Commentary Quote came from the New Living Translation, it was actually from the Berean Study Bible.
Moving on to today’s passage, I chose to take a bigger bite in order to allow for the author’s complete thought to be expressed. He is talking about God’s Promised Rest as Quoted in the Old Testament.
He Quotes God on several occasions as He refers to “His Rest” and speaks on what it means, where it may be found, and what we have to do in order to enter it.
He begins again by letting his readers know in no uncertain terms that only those who Believe in God will be able to enter into His Rest. He refers again to the wandering Children of Israel, stating through the Quote that they would never enter into it.
He then mentions at the end of verse 3 that whatever and wherever that Promised Rest was that it was established before the foundation of the world. He goes on to prove his point by adding a Quote form the Book of Genesis that talks about God resting on the seventh day as He was Creating the earth.
He then differentiates the Rest that God Referred to in Genesis from that of the Promised Land that Joshua took the Children of Israel into after the death of Moses. He makes the distinction by again Quoting the Word. He reasoned that if the Promised Land were the only Rest God was referring to the Quote from Psalms would have been in error.
The end of this passage is the most important portion in my opinion. This is where the author once again admonishes us to do whatever it takes to enter into that Rest.
He also once more offers a warning that there is the possibility, like the wandering Children of Israel, of missing out on God’s Promised Rest if we do not Believe, if we rebel and turn away from God, or if we refuse to Follow the Path He has Laid Out that will take us to His Reward for His people.
There are distinct dangers involved in Following God, not the least of which being missing the Mark. How tragic it would be if we spent our lives Following after God’s Promised Rest only to fall short of our Ultimate Goal right at the end of our Journey!
This is why it is so vitally important to stay in God’s Word in order to Find and Follow the Right Path, to stay in Prayer so that we can Consult Him as to whether we are indeed in His Perfect Will, and to Receive His Spirit to Help Guide us in the Right Direction when we inevitably wander off track.
It was not Promised that this Walk would be easy but it was Promised that God would Guide us until the end. However, we have the Responsibility to Follow His Guidance if we expect to Rest with Him in Heaven when He Returns to claim His Bride. However difficult it may be, it seems like whatever it takes, it will all be worth it in the end!
Have a Spectacular Saturday and Stay Safe out there!