Hebrews 4 Outline
– The place of rest (Hebrews 4:1-11)
– God’s word reveals our thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12-13)
– Jesus Christ is our high priest (Hebrews 4:14-16)
Hebrews 4 Bible Study
In Hebrews 4:1-2, disbelief prevented the Israelites from entering into the promised land of Canaan. The place of rest is heaven. The promise of entering into the place of rest remains if we continue to have faith in God. In Hebrews 11:6, but without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
In Hebrews 4:3-11, there is a place of rest that God had created for us. The place of rest is after the pattern of resting on the seventh day. The Israelites couldn’t enter the place of rest because they doubted and disobeyed God but others who have faith in God will enter it. Anyone who enter this rest don’t have to work anymore, just as God rested from his works on the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2), because Jesus had finished the work on the cross for us. We must be diligent in following God and keeping all his commandments so that we won’t miss the rest.
In Hebrews 4:12-13, the word of God reveals our weaknesses and disbelief. God meets our needs through his word. The Holy Spirit work in us through the word of God. If we take heed of God’s word and submit to the Holy Spirit, we will abide in God and walk on the path of righteousness. It is important to believe in God’s words and do God’s commandments.
In Hebrews 4:14-16, Jesus Christ, the son of God, is a high priest who is able to understand us (Hebrews 7:26). While he was on earth, he was tempted in many ways just like a human yet he was sinless. Because we have a compassionate high priest, we are able to come boldly to God’s throne. We can come to God’s throne of grace and obtain mercy anytime when we are in need. Satan can only discourage us to come directly to God. You can pray yourself to God without the help of Mary or other saints.