Saturday, 25 August 2012

Hebrews 4

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v.1-3 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…Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said.

The goal is to enter into rest. We enter by believing that God has done all the work. God is not impressed with our work. He wants us to enter into his work.

Susan said...

v.4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.”

Rest follows work. What is the work we must do? “Jesus answered, ‘The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent’” (John 6:29).

Susan said...

v.10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.

God has designed us to rest from our own work. Rest from trying to control our circumstances, rest from manipulating events, rest from earning brownie points.

Susan said...

v.12-13 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.

This verse is addressed to Christians and makes us realize that we although we can hide our thoughts and attitudes from each other we cannot keep them from God.