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1 A Study Of The Apostle Pauls Letter To The Hebrews Dont drift away! Dont neglect your salvation! Dont Depart! Dont fall away! Dont cast away your confidence! Dont harden your heart! How can we neglect so great a salvation? ~ Hebrews 2:3

2 Hebrews: Christ Is Superior! Superior Person (1:14:13) Superior to Prophets (1:1-3) Superior to Angels (1:42:18) Superior to Moses (3:1-19) Superior to Joshua (4:1-13) Superior Priest (4:147:28) Superior to Aaron (4:146:12) Superior to Melchizedek (6:137:10) Superior to Levi (7:11-28)

3 Hebrews: Christ Is Superior! Superior Pact to Moses (8:110:18) Superior Promises (8:1-13) Superior Sanctuary (9:1-15) Superior Sacrifice (9:16-28) Superior Results (10:1-18) Superior Principle (Faith) to Moses (10:1913:25) Superior Things (10:19-39) Superior Actions (11:1-40) Superior Relationship (12:1-29) Superior Way of Life (13:1-25)

4 In our study of, we examined Pauls points concerning Jesus being superior to Moses, not only in His office () and His ministry (), but also in His reward or rest. In our study of chapter 3, we examined Pauls points concerning Jesus being superior to Moses, not only in His office ( 3:1-2 ) and His ministry ( 3:3-6 ), but also in His reward or rest.

5 Today were going to investigate Christs reward (His rest) a little further, bring- ing Joshua into the picture, which means that Paul was also teaching that Jesus is greater than Joshua who brought the Israelites directly into the land of rest promised to them through Abraham and Moses. Pauls main purpose here was to warn his readers against forfeit- ing the soon coming spiritualand ultimately eternalreward as their forefathers forfeited their physical and ultimately their eternalreward.

6 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. Hebrews 4:1 Hebrews 4:1

7 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. This statement im- plies the idea of ful- fillment; i.e., Paul was saying that al- though the promise to Moses for a phy- sical rest in Canaan is past, the promise of our entrance into Gods rest is yet ( AD 63 ) to be fulfilled.

8 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. If we just replace the word with appear ( which is ac- ceptable here ), this clause isnt difficult to interpret; i.e., Paul wouldve been tact- fully saying that they needed to get busy so they wouldnt appear outside the soon coming king- dom of rest/peace. If we just replace the word seem with appear ( which is ac- ceptable here ), this clause isnt difficult to interpret; i.e., Paul wouldve been tact- fully saying that they needed to get busy so they wouldnt appear outside the soon coming king- dom of rest/peace.

9 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. This word means the same thing as in ; speaking to Christi- ans about Jews, Paul wrote, (). This word means the same thing as beware in 3:12; speaking to Christi- ans about Jews, Paul wrote, Because of unbelief they were broken off…. [So] do not be haughty, but fear ( Rom. 11:20 ).

10 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. Though this phrase may make us think of the many Israel- ites who of the promised land, Paul may have actu- ally had the Grecian games in mind, be- cause the judges applied this same phrase to the loser, no matter how close he came to being the winner. Though this phrase may make us think of the many Israel- ites who came short of the promised land, Paul may have actu- ally had the Grecian games in mind, be- cause the judges applied this same phrase to the loser, no matter how close he came to being the winner.

11 For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Hebrews 4:2 Hebrews 4:2

12 For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. To get a good grasp on this verse, we should note that… In the original, there is no defi- nite article (the). And… 1. In the original, there is no defi- nite article (the). And… The word simply means good news; i.e., good news was proclaimed to both groups. 2. The word Gospel simply means good news; i.e., good news was proclaimed to both groups.

13 Since the context defines this, then we know that Paul was writing about the physical rest for the generation that came out of Egyptian bondage and wilderness hardship as well as the spiritual rest for the generation that was then ( AD 63 ) coming out of sins bondage and persecution hardship. Since the context defines this good news, then we know that Paul was writing about the physical rest for the generation that came out of Egyptian bondage and wilderness hardship as well as the spiritual rest for the generation that was then ( AD 63 ) coming out of sins bondage and persecution hardship.

14 For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. This word means to unite one thing to another, simply meaning that the good news of rest in Canaan promised to those of Moses day didnt do them any good. Why? This word means to unite one thing to another, simply meaning that the good news of rest in Canaan promised to those of Moses day didnt do them any good. Why?

15 For indeed the Gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Because, due to dis- belief and distrust in God, they rebelled against Him and thus failed to make it into that rest. This teaches us that the coin is double- sided: Gods Word + Our Faith = Reward ( cf. ). This teaches us that the coin is double- sided: Gods Word + Our Faith = Reward ( cf. Mat. 7:26-27 ).

16 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. Hebrews 4:3 Hebrews 4:3

17 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. When and are read together, the contrast and meaning are clear: because of unbelief those of Moses day did not enter into rest, while because of belief … When verses 2b and 3a are read together, the contrast and meaning are clear: because of unbelief those of Moses day did not enter into rest, while because of belief …

18 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. …those of that day were entering into rest. ( The term eisep- chometha for isnt only present in its tense, its also passive, meaning that they were being carried into this rest; i.e., at this point, Paul implied that they had yet to enter it. ) …those of that day were entering into rest. ( The term eisep- chometha for do enter isnt only present in its tense, its also passive, meaning that they were being carried into this rest; i.e., at this point, Paul implied that they had yet to enter it. )

19 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. By referring to this promise, Paul was saying to them that if Gods promise against unbelievers was fulfilled, then surely His promise to believers would likewise be fulfilled.

20 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. This clause is diffi- cult to connect, but it seems that Paul was saying that even though God had worked all things out for the forefath- ers to enter their rest, He still forbade entrance to those who distrusted and disobeyed. So…

21 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He said, So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest, although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. It seems that the implication is that Hed do the same to them; i.e., no matter how much He put into providing them this rest, if they failed to trust and obey, they, like- wise, wouldnt be allowed entrance!

22 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: And God rested on the seventh day from all His works; & again in this place: They shall not enter My rest. Hebrews 4:4-5 Hebrews 4:4-5

23 Since Paul used an- other typefrom here, the picture becomes a little more complex; i.e., not only do we have the Canaan- rest typifying the Christian-rest, but we also have the Sabbath-rest typi- fying the Christian- rest. Since Paul used an- other type from Gen. 2:2 here, the picture becomes a little more complex; i.e., not only do we have the Canaan- rest typifying the Christian-rest, but we also have the Sabbath-rest typi- fying the Christian- rest. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: And God rested on the seventh day from all His works; & again in this place: They shall not enter My rest.

24 Paul said this, I be- lieve, because he was referring to the statement of David that he had just quoted … in this context … twice before ( & ). Paul said this, I be- lieve, because he was referring to the statement of David that he had just quoted … in this context … twice before ( 3:11 & 4:3 ).

25 What exactly is ? I believe in general ( e.g. ) indicates that Gods rest is the peace thats to be found only in His presence. Those Jews who rebelled and didnt make it through the wilderness into Canaan, also wouldnt make it into Gods eternal presence ( with exceptions such as Moses ); likewise, those Jews who didnt make it through the tri- bulation also didnt make it into Gods eternal kingdom of rest & peace. So, the picture we have here seems to be this: What exactly is My rest? I believe He- brews in general ( e.g. chap. 9 ) indicates that Gods rest is the peace thats to be found only in His presence. Those Jews who rebelled and didnt make it through the wilderness into Canaan, also wouldnt make it into Gods eternal presence ( with exceptions such as Moses ); likewise, those Jews who didnt make it through the tri- bulation also didnt make it into Gods eternal kingdom of rest & peace. So, the picture we have here seems to be this:

26 God worked 6 days creating. God and man had a perfect relationship. God saw that all was good, so He rested in that (, approx. 4,000 BC ). Then man sinned, so God began working to bring about mans recon- ciliation (). During that work, He ( approx. 2,500 yrs. later ) established the obser- vance of the 7 th day () as a reminder of that previous state of rest. At this same time, Israel was on her way to a place of rest where she could freely worship God & keep His sabbaths (), all of which pictured the time when that reconciliation would be finally/eternally accomplished in and through Jesusthe very One they were in danger of abandoning. God worked 6 days creating. God and man had a perfect relationship. God saw that all was good, so He rested in that ( Gen. 2:2, approx. 4,000 BC ). Then man sinned, so God began working to bring about mans recon- ciliation ( John 5:17 ). During that work, He ( approx. 2,500 yrs. later ) established the obser- vance of the 7 th day ( Exo. 16 ) as a reminder of that previous state of rest. At this same time, Israel was on her way to a place of rest where she could freely worship God & keep His sabbaths ( Exo. 21 ), all of which pictured the time when that reconciliation would be finally/eternally accomplished in and through Jesusthe very One they were in danger of abandoning.

27 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter be- cause of disobedi- ence… Hebrews 4:6 Hebrews 4:6

28 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter be- cause of disobedi- ence… I think its important to note for claritys sake that the thot of this verse concludes in : ; i.e., Since there are even now [AD 63] those who will enter Gods rest, the promise of it still remains for the people of God. I think its important to note for claritys sake that the thot of this verse concludes in verse 9: there re- mains a rest for the people of God; i.e., Since there are even now [AD 63] those who will enter Gods rest, the promise of it still remains for the people of God. See, the thing is… See, the thing is…

29 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter be- cause of disobedi- ence… The rest that and pictured was never fulfilled in the moonlight or starlight ages; but it would be (and was) fulfilled in the sun- light age of Christs kingdom on Earth the colony of Heav- en on Earth ( ), thus the Kingdom of Heaven. The rest that Gen. 2 and Exo. 16 pictured was never fulfilled in the moonlight or starlight ages; but it would be (and was) fulfilled in the sun- light age of Christs kingdom on Earth the colony of Heav- en on Earth ( Php. 3:20 ), thus the Kingdom of Heaven.

30 Again He desig- nates a certain day, saying in David, Today, after such a long time, as it has been said, Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. Hebrews 4:7 Hebrews 4:7

31 Again He desig- nates a certain day, saying in David, Today, after such a long time, as it has been said, Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. By this word Paul was merely adding another parentheti- cal detail, which, in this case, refutes the objection someone may pose that the second generation during Joshuas time did enter the rest, fulfilling the promise.

32 Again He desig- nates a certain day, saying in David, Today, after such a long time, as it has been said, Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts. The first clause in red means that God, through David, 500 years after Joshua (), still had a specific rest in mind that obviously wasnt ful filled by Joshua. I.e., even tho David conquered what Joshua didnt, his land still wasnt the ultimate pro- mised land. So… The first clause in red means that God, through David, 500 years after Joshua (a long time), still had a specific rest in mind that obviously wasnt ful filled by Joshua. I.e., even tho David conquered what Joshua didnt, his land still wasnt the ultimate pro- mised land. So…

33 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. Hebrews 4:8 Hebrews 4:8

34 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. The obvious point here is that if the promised rest was fulfilled by the se- cond generation of those who left Egypt, then why did God promise it again 500 years later? I.e., the rest wasnt limited to the day of Moses and/or Joshuathat rest was merely a type. So… The obvious point here is that if the promised rest was fulfilled by the se- cond generation of those who left Egypt, then why did God promise it again 500 years later? I.e., the rest wasnt limited to the day of Moses and/or Joshuathat rest was merely a type. So…

35 Jesus isnt only greater than Moses who led the people to the Canaan-rest, but Hes also greater than Joshua who took them into it, for the rest that Jesus ( the NT Yeshua, by the way ) provides is the real thing, a far greater rest than that of Josh- ua, a rest that isnt just found in Heaven itself, but also in Heavens colonythe church on Earth, for Jesus Himself said, ( ). Notice a parallel: Jesus isnt only greater than Moses who led the people to the Canaan-rest, but Hes also greater than Joshua who took them into it, for the rest that Jesus ( the NT Yeshua, by the way ) provides is the real thing, a far greater rest than that of Josh- ua, a rest that isnt just found in Heaven itself, but also in Heavens colonythe church on Earth, for Jesus Himself said, Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me … and you will find rest for your souls ( Mat. 11:28-29 ). Notice a parallel:

36 parallel : now. Heb. 11:9-16 parallel 4:1-11: By faith Ab- raham sojourned in the land of promise as in a foreign country … for he waited for the city … whose builder and maker is God…. These [ many generations of Abes de- scendants ] all died in faith, not having re- ceived the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth…. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly coun- try. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them ( cf. Luke 13:28-30 ).

37 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. Hebrews 4:9 Hebrews 4:9

38 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. Its interesting that Paul chose a differ- ent Greek word for here; in this verse ( and in this one only ) he chose to employ the word for sabbath-rest, a term signifying the ideal rest that was once possessed in the be- ginning and would be possessed again through the Christ. Its interesting that Paul chose a differ- ent Greek word for rest here; in this verse ( and in this one only ) he chose to employ the word for sabbath-rest, a term signifying the ideal rest that was once possessed in the be- ginning and would be possessed again through the Christ. Furthermore… Furthermore…

39 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. This word here liter- ally means a keep- ing sabbath, indicat- ing the true, spiritu- al, eternal, & heav- enly rest made pos- sible by the restora- tion of all things. Notice… This word here liter- ally means a keep- ing sabbath, indicat- ing the true, spiritu- al, eternal, & heav- enly rest made pos- sible by the restora- tion of all things. Notice…

40 In Peter was quoted by Luke as saying, ( cf., esp. ). In Acts 3:19-21 Peter was quoted by Luke as saying, Repent … and be con- verted that your sins may be blotted out, so that the times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom Heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began ( cf. Heb. 9:6-15, esp. vv. 9-10 ).

41 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Hebrews 4:10 Hebrews 4:10

42 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. This sentence would probably make more sense to us if it read, For he who has en- tered Gods rest has ceased from his works as God did from His.

43 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. This verse is just an illustration/proverb; i.e., I dont believe it was meant to imply that anyone had by AD 63 entered into this restjust that once someone did, he would at that time experience the rest of salvation from works, sin (), & death (). This verse is just an illustration/proverb; i.e., I dont believe it was meant to imply that anyone had by AD 63 entered into this restjust that once someone did, he would at that time experience the rest of salvation from works, sin ( 9:39 ), & death ( 2:14-15 ). Besides, indicate that no one had yet entered the rest under con- sideration here. Besides, verses 3 & 11 indicate that no one had yet entered the rest under con- sideration here.

44 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Johns thought in comes to mind here: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on, for they rest from their labors, & their works follow them. Johns thought in Rev. 14:13 comes to mind here: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on, for they rest from their labors, & their works follow them.

45 Let us therefore be diligent to en- ter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. Hebrews 4:11 Hebrews 4:11

46 Let us therefore be diligent to en- ter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. This word means to do your best, to give it your all ( the oppo- site of in ); it speaks of intensity of purpose followed by intensity of effort toward the attain- ment of that purpose, for rest belongs only to those who have been busy. So… This word means to do your best, to give it your all ( the oppo- site of drifting in 2:1ff ); it speaks of intensity of purpose followed by intensity of effort toward the attain- ment of that purpose, for rest belongs only to those who have been busy. So…

47 Let us therefore be diligent to en- ter that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience. Paul was telling them that since theres a rest thats worth all your effort, & since so many have failed in reaching Gods rest by their unbelief, and since theres so much danger that you may fail also ( especially in this time of great trial ), make every effort to reach this goal! Why? Paul was telling them that since theres a rest thats worth all your effort, & since so many have failed in reaching Gods rest by their unbelief, and since theres so much danger that you may fail also ( especially in this time of great trial ), make every effort to reach this goal! Why?

48 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Hebrews 4:12

49 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. The original term for might be bet- ter understood if translated alive, and the original term for ( where we get our word for ener- getic ) might be bet- ter understood if translated active. The original term for living might be bet- ter understood if translated alive, and the original term for powerful ( where we get our word for ener- getic ) might be bet- ter understood if translated active. So like God Himself, His Word is always alive and active.

50 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. Although it doesnt come right out and describe Gods Word as a sword here as it does in other places, I think it is implied by the word. Although it doesnt come right out and describe Gods Word as a sword here as it does in other places, I think it is implied by the word piercing.

51 Since Gods Word as a sword denotes the power of judgment ( cf. ), Paul was calling attention to the power of Gods Word to judge ( as goes on to speak of ). In he told them that the people of Moses day didnt profit from the Word they heard because they disobeyed it, but they still had to suffer the conse- quences of it. However… Since Gods Word as a sword denotes the power of judgment ( cf. Rom. 13:4 ), Paul was calling attention to the power of Gods Word to judge ( as verse 13 goes on to speak of ). In 4:2 he told them that the people of Moses day didnt profit from the Word they heard because they disobeyed it, but they still had to suffer the conse- quences of it. However…

52 The people Paul was writing to here still had time to profit from that which the Word offered in the promise of rest; but, if they refused to continue in the faith they had previously con- fessed (, cf. ), they would also suffer the consequences found in the Word, reminiscent of versus they could choose to either be blessed or cursed by Gods words of exhortation. The people Paul was writing to here still had time to profit from that which the Word offered in the promise of rest; but, if they refused to continue in the faith they had previously con- fessed ( 3:1, cf. 3:14 ), they would also suffer the consequences found in the Word, reminiscent of Revelation 1:3 versus 22:18-19they could choose to either be blessed or cursed by Gods words of exhortation.

53 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. This clause would likely be better un- derstood to us today if it read like this: Gods Word is even able to pierce the soul and spirit, right down to its joints and marrow. (One can see this in an in- depth study that we dont have time for here.) So… This clause would likely be better un- derstood to us today if it read like this: Gods Word is even able to pierce the soul and spirit, right down to its joints and marrow. (One can see this in an in- depth study that we dont have time for here.) So…

54 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. This phrase appears to be a way of pic- turing for humans the idea that Gods Word is so powerful and sharp that He can use it to cut down into the deep- est nooks and cran- nies of our beings into the very depths of our souls.

55 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. Since this word is what Greek scholars call a genitive of de- scription, and since Paul didnt use the word from in the next clause, then I think we need to consider altering our traditional interpre- tation a little. I.e….

56 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. Paul wasnt saying that Gods Word divides one thing fromanother; in fact, this clause isnt to be taken literally at all: it was merely a poetic way of say- ing No one can es- cape being known & judged ( a thot begun in & here carried thru the next verse ). Paul wasnt saying that Gods Word divides one thing from another; in fact, this clause isnt to be taken literally at all: it was merely a poetic way of say- ing No one can es- cape being known & judged ( a thot begun in 2:1-3 & here carried thru the next verse ).

57 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. The original term for comes from a Greek term which carries with it the idea of sifting; so the point is that Gods Word is able to separate the good from the bad in both individuals and groups. The original term for discerner comes from a Greek term which carries with it the idea of sifting; so the point is that Gods Word is able to separate the good from the bad in both individuals and groups.

58 For Gods Word is living & powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the divid- ing of soul & spirit and of joints & marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts & intents of the heart. The original terms for refer, I believe, to the desires and plans that are in our hearts. The original terms for thoughts and in- tents refer, I believe, to the desires and plans that are in our hearts.

59 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:13 Hebrews 4:13 The third and last reason Paul gave for being sure they were diligent to enter Gods rest is in this verse: The third and last reason Paul gave for being sure they were diligent to enter Gods rest is in this verse:

60 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Since judgment was given to Jesus ( ), and since He doesnt need to be told whats in us (), & since transitions into Jesus, then I believe the pronoun here refers to Jesus, not to His Father. Since judgment was given to Jesus ( John 5:22 ), and since He doesnt need to be told whats in us ( John 2:25 ), & since verse 14 transitions into Jesus, then I believe the pronoun His here refers to Jesus, not to His Father.

61 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Keeping in mind that this was a Jew writ- ing to Jews, it makes perfect sense that these terms or this phrase would bring animal sacrifices to mind. Note: Keeping in mind that this was a Jew writ- ing to Jews, it makes perfect sense that these terms or this phrase would bring animal sacrifices to mind. Note:

62 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. The word re- calls how the sacri- ficial animal was stripped of its skin, and the word recalls how its chest was ripped open, its insides removed, & its backbone sliced length- wise down the center ( all corres- ponding to the of ). The word naked re- calls how the sacri- ficial animal was stripped of its skin, and the word open recalls how its chest was ripped open, its insides removed, & its backbone sliced length- wise down the center ( all corres- ponding to the piercing of v. 12 ).

63 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. After all that, they were divided into quarters so that out- wardly and inwardly they were fully ex- posed to the Priests view for examina- tion (). So the point here seems to have been that… After all that, they were divided into quarters so that out- wardly and inwardly they were fully ex- posed to the Priests view for examina- tion ( Lev. 1:5-6 ). So the point here seems to have been that…

64 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. If there were those among them who were fence-riding, they had better pick a side and quickly get in or get outbe hot or be cold, for if they didnt make up their minds soon, the Lord was going to do it for them once and for all! By the way… By the way…

65 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. In the next verse the high priest ( the one who did the sacri- ficing ) is brought up in the person of Jesusour last and once-for-all-time High Priest who al- lowed Himself to be thrust through by a Roman sword ( ), making Him worthy of all auth- ority (). In the next verse the high priest ( the one who did the sacri- ficing ) is brought up in the person of Jesusour last and once-for-all-time High Priest who al- lowed Himself to be thrust through by a Roman sword ( John 19:32ff ), making Him worthy of all auth- ority ( Mat. 28:18 ).

66 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. The original word for refers to a reckoning; there was a day of reck- oning in the near future, so Paul warned them that if they didnt want to be part of those who Jesus would reject and destroy, then they had better stop drifting away! The original word for account refers to a reckoning; there was a day of reck- oning in the near future, so Paul warned them that if they didnt want to be part of those who Jesus would reject and destroy, then they had better stop drifting away!


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