Hebrews 4:8

“For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.” The rest is still available for the Hebrews readers, and thus it is available to us today. They didn’t miss it, and neither did we. It is still obtainable. The rest given by Joshua was not the final […]

Hebrews 4:7

“…again he appoints a certain day, ‘Today,’ saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted,’ ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’” The Israelites were offered the rest when they stood on the banks of the Jordan overlooking the land of milk and honey. They refused to enter […]

Hebrews 4:6

“Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,” The invitation of God to enter His rest is still open. The fact that the Israel of the wilderness failed to enter doesn’t mean the rest has been canceled. The door to […]

Hebrews 4:5

“And again in this passage he said, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’” We move from Genesis 2 to Psalms 95. This is the third time this particular verse is quoted. It appears the writer is trying to make a point about who will and who won’t enter the rest. As we will discover, this […]

Hebrews 4:4

“For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: ‘And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.’” When someone quotes a verse from the Bible today we like them to give us the exact location of the quote. Our writer does not do that. The difference is not the […]

Hebrews 4:3

“For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, ‘As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’ although his works were finished from the foundations of the world.” The Hebrews writer is determined that his readers understand that even though those who wandered in the wilderness failed to […]

Hebrews 4:2

“For good news came to us just as it did to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” What was and is the good news? Their good news was given by God and two of the witnesses. The promised land was […]

Hebrews 4:1

“Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” The psalmist (Psalm 95) is obviously not talking about the Sabbath. That was a form of rest enjoined upon the Hebrews but was not the rest that our writer or […]

Hebrews 3:19

“So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.” This is the point being made by the writer all along. Disobedience is a result of not truly believing in God. The reason the stated people missed out on God’s promise wasn’t because God was unable to deliver on His promise. The reason […]

Hebrews 3:18

“And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those that were disobedient?” Verse 11 contains the oath that they would not enter the promised rest. The following verses make it clear who this applied to. Why does the author go to such great lengths to make his point? […]