The Weekend Word
6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience,
- We know one thing – Jesus is always out there offering the good news
- Who are those who received but failed to enter?
- Why did they fail to enter – Disobedience
- Disobedience here = unbelief – walking away from what they had already received.
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.”
- Why does David say “Today”? Some 400 yrs after the people had already entered the Promised Land.
- The 1st generation did not go in – but they died off in the wilderness.
- Except Joshua and Caleb – All those who entered the rest were 2nd
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day later on.
- A bit of a strange passage
- The name Joshua = Jesus
- Good English translation to distinguish the difference
- The Greek says Jesus in both places.
- There is a Jesus who does not lead his people into rest and there is a Jesus who did / will.
- Because of this we must remember that all theology is Christology.
9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God,
- Here he begins an explanation of God’s rest.
- Not referring to “after death.
10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.
- God rested but he is still working – Sabbath commands are “cease from your work.”
- We are no longer in a works relationship with God. Jesus has relieved us of all works.
- The Hebrews were thinking about leaving Christianity to go back to that works relationship.
- But Jesus (somewhere) said “I will give you rest.
11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience.
- Interesting – why would he now tell us to strive in order to get to a place of rest? NIV “make every effort”
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
- The Bible is not just the Word of God, but God’s words. – Is that settled?
- When you read the Bible (especially the OT), do you look for Jesus and the redemption story being told?
- Is there anything else to look for? If you ever listen to another pastor teach and the message is not about Jesus and his saving work, (not just mentioning Jesus) – then you are not listening to a Christian message.
- Tune in to Christian radio and give it a test. Oh, they may be teaching from the Bible and they may be doing a biblical message – just not a Christian message.
- Moses – born into slavery and bondage condemned to death and thrown into the water – only to be raised up out of the water, placed in the home of the king to become a son of the king. (a Jesus story)
- Look at Jacob – his mother disguised him as the first born – even to putting skins on his arms – so that he would receive the blessing promised to the first born. And Esau, who had every right to the blessing ended up with the curses. (a Jesus story)
- In a similar “unfair” way, Jesus gave us his blessings and he took our curses.
- Not to sound too Catholic, but who is our mother who brings us into the presence of God? The Church.
- Living and Active – There is a power in the Word. Isaiah said “My word will not return void.
- This does not mean that it will convert everyone – it will either convert or condemn. No one walks away unaffected.
- Swords – this is more like a dagger – small and up-close – today perhaps we would say “sharper than any 2 edged scalpel.
- The writer now uses 3 comparisons
- (1) Soul and Spirit
- (2) Joints and Marrow
- (3) Thoughts and Intentions of the heart.
- How many parts are we? Body & Spirit or Body, Soul & Spirit?
- Are we just material and immaterial?
- What is spiritual deadness?
- Can just anyone pick up the Bible and make sense of it … or does God need to give you a ‘jump start’?
- How would you describe a sunset to a blind person? They have never seen colors or a horizon. Is spiritual blindness the same?
- A Blind person still has eyes – but those faculties do not work – they aren’t hooked up right.
- This is the same with the person who is spiritually blind – he has a spirit, but it is not just impaired, but it is dead – disconnected – unconnected.
13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
- This now switches from speaking of God’s word – to speaking of God himself.
- How do you take this verse – Good verse or bad verse?
- Scary or comforting?