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Entering The Rest – Part 1

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“1 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. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Hebrews 4:1-2

I want to look at the word “rest.” We shall turn to Hebrews Chapter 4 for this study in “rest.” To whom did the author of the book of Hebrews write this letter? That’s like asking who is buried in Grant’s tomb. The book of Hebrews was written to the Hebrews. That’s why it has so many references to the Old Testament. It was a treatise to convince the Hebrews that Jesus was greater than the Old Covenant.

With that in mind, let’s look at the “rest” we have through Jesus. “Let us therefore…” When you see a therefore, you need to see what it’s there for.

Chapter 3 is the “therefore” we need to look at. Chapter 3 looks back at the life of Moses and the children of Israel leaving Egypt. Moses was faithful and led them as God called him to do. But the people rebelled. “8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.” (Hebrews 3:8-9)

The writer of Hebrews pointed back to the time when they had tempted God and wandered for 40 years. The original plan was a short trip to the Promised Land. The Promised Land was their place of rest. Instead, they wandered for 40 years. The warning is not to harden you heart like they did. They didn’t enter the rest.

“17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:17-19)

They didn’t enter into their rest because of their unbelief. When the 12 spies went out to spy out the land, 10 came back with a report of unbelief. They didn’t see God as the deliverer. Two of them did and tried to convince the people that they should believe God was certainly capable to help them take the land of promise. But the people listened to the 10 unbelievers and consequently God brought judgment on them. None of that generation would see the promised land except the two—Joshua and Caleb.

The rest of the people could not enter because of their unbelief. They refused to see God as the mighty one of Israel. That leads us back to our original verse, which we will look at in a couple of days.