Hebrews 3-4:13 Jesus, our Apostle Calling Us to God’s Rest

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28–30

lightstock_357388_xsmall_patrick Hebrews 3:1-6 Jesus the Apostle & High Priest

In the first few chapters of this book, it has been established that Jesus is greater than:

  • The prophets
  • The angels
  • All other kings

Likewise it is established that He became flesh to be the perfect author of our salvation, a merciful and faithful high priest.

Now the author asks us to consider the Apostleship and the High Priestly aspects of Christ; showing us that He is likewise superior to all in these areas as well.  First he takes up the Apostleship of Christ. Then he will take up the High priestly duties at the end of chapter four and in several other places where he will compare Christ’s priesthood to Aaron’s and the Levites.

At this point in the book He take us to Moses. For Moses, too, was an Apostle of God. As the word Apostle means sent one, or messenger. Therefore, it is rightly said that Moses is a sent one or messenger of God, an apostle of God to bear a message to both Pharaoh and the nation of Israel. Jesus, it was well established, is also a messenger of God sent from heaven itself to bear the light of truth into the world.

Moses was the apostle of the old testament. Jesus was the apostle of the new testament. Both Moses and Christ were faithful in their appointments. Christ was faithful to the Father who sent Him; Moses was likewise faithful in the house of God, acting as a servant speaking before hand of the things that would later come, even speaking of the coming Prophet, the Christ.

Yet Christ is considered worthy of more glory than Moses. For He is not a servant in the House, but a Son over the House. The distance between their glory is like the distance between a house and the man who built the house. That is quite a gap to consider.

The house being spoken of is the household of God. In Moses’ day it was the nation of Israel in the flesh, and in ours it is us, the church, the spiritual Israel. We are this house of God IF we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope FIRM until the end. Yet AGAIN, he warns us in Hebrews 2:1 not to drift away and in Hebrews 3:6 to hold fast our confidence in the hope of Christ. This is going to be a recurring theme throughout the book, and he is going to get much more explicit about the cost of failure as he goes.

Hebrews 3:7-19 a warning not to fall, but to enter God’s rest.

Do it TODAY now without delay IF you hear HIS voice. When you hear the word of God how do you respond to it? Do you take immediate action upon what you hear? Are you turned from sin and wickedness back to righteousness? Or do you delay?

Those in the day of Moses resisted God and tempted Him several times:

  • Before they crossed the Red Sea
  • at Marah in the wilderness of Shur
  • in the wilderness of Sin
  • At Massah and Mariah near Rephadim
  • At Sinai where they made the golden calf and worshipped it.
  • again at Taberah in the wilderness
  • at Kibroth-Hattaavah
  • and finally at Kadesh Barnea

Kadesh Barnea is where they believed the evil report of the spies and God swore in His wrath that these unbelievers would not enter into His Rest.  The rest spoken of has two meanings. The first is the land of Canaan. The Second is the heavenly rest of God, the rest for all time.  They were disobedient to God, and no longer believed Him; after all they had seen, they doubted God’s ability to deliver upon His promises.  We are warned along with the Hebrew Christians to take care not to develop an evil unbelieving heart as they who fell in the wilderness did.

Rather we are to ENCOURAGE one another at every day, to take opportunities and move our brethren closer to God and further away from sin.  Some take provocation as a skill to delight in, but the child of God is no provocateur. We must be softeners of the hearts of men to the gospel, not hardeners with sin.  Whenever we hear the word of God and resist it, the amount of time that we resist it is the amount of time that our hearts get to harden up. The Devil is having a dance on our card at those times.

Let us then hold fast the beginning of our assurance. To recall the day of our salvation in Christ. The moment of our full conversion in faith. Holding fast the confession of faith and the baptism of Christ that was had when we believed and turned our hearts and lives over to God. For should we fail to hold fast to the end, we too will fail to enter into that rest.

Hebrews 4:1-10

It is a fearful thing to come short of the promised rest. For what lies outside of that is certain eternal torment. And so, we should fear, if we will not submit to God’s truth.

But we have heard the good news, there is true hope in Christ Jesus. Let us then be profitable with that news, for those in the wilderness they TOO had heard good news, but for them it was not profitable because it was not united in faith to God.

The rest in question is not the Sabbath rest of the Jews, Nor is it the rest to come in Canaan, for Joshua led them into that land of rest. NO our author here has the eternal rest of God, for on the Seventh day God did rest. So there remains a rest for the people of God, a place without toil and heartache, where we rest as He did on that seventh day.

Hebrews 4:11-13 Be diligent to enter into God’s rest.

Do not follow the unbelieving, disobedience of those in the wilderness. For they heard the good news of God and did not bind it to their hearts in faith and action. They resisted the truth of God, and they will never enter into the rest of God as a result.

The word of God will lay to bare every soul.

Everyone of us will face the truth of our lives, even things we have hidden from ourselves are known to God. But yet there is hope for us all.

Revelation 14:12–13 “12Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. 13And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.””

Jesus says it this way: Matthew 11:28–30 “28“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.””

Come won’t you accept the invitation of Christ and enter into His rest. His yoke is light compared to the path of sin. If you are laden with sin, repentance is needed. Won’t you accept the invitation of Christ, and put His yoke of righteousness on?  If you desire to accept His invitation please call or drop us a note so that we may be of service to you.

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