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1 Hebrews – Lesson 4 A Better Rest

2 Hebrews - Lesson 42 Review Jesus Better than Moses Characteristics of Moses An imperfect type of Jesus Jesus superior to Moses in every way Disciples spoke of finding the one Moses wrote about in the Law Mount of Transfiguration Warning against disbelieving the voice of God (Heb 3:7-14)

3 Hebrews - Lesson 43 Warning Against Disbelief Read Hebrews 3:7-15 Writer quotes from Psalm 95 Reminds them of the Israelites rebellion in the wilderness Applies the same principle to the hearts of his readers Disbelief is costly business

4 Hebrews - Lesson 44 The Rebellion You remember the story Twelve spies were sent into the Promised Land to survey it When they returned they told of the wonders of the land Ten said that the land couldnt be taken Joshua and Caleb trusted that it could Read Numbers 13:30-33, 14:1-9, 14:26-35

5 Hebrews - Lesson 45 For Discussion How is disbelieving God today like the rebellion in the wilderness? What part did encouraging one another daily (v. 13) play in the lives of the recipients of this letter? What part does it play today? Read Hebrews 3:16-19 What was to be their rest? What caused them to miss it?

6 Hebrews - Lesson 46 The Promise of Rest Read Hebrews 4:1-7 What is the promise made here? The rest still remains Its not too late What is different between the response of the Israelites and the readers of Hebrews? Gospel preached to both Israel did not have faith; it was of no value Hebrew readers apparently had faith

7 Hebrews - Lesson 47 Gods Work is Finished Writer points out in verse 4 that Gods work is finished – His rest is complete Read Genesis 2:2-3 What does it mean that God rested? How do you view that rest? Read Exodus 20:8-11 What is the significance of this commandment? God wants a rest for His people!

8 Hebrews - Lesson 48 Israel Failed to Obtain Rest The rest was there, bur Israel missed it The writer raises several points about Israels failure to receive their rest: They disbelieved and God disallowed them rest But it wasnt because there was no rest to be had – it has existed from Creation God swore that they would never enter it A powerful – and motivating - statement!

9 Hebrews - Lesson 49 The Rest Still Remains Read Psalm 95 A psalm of praise and worship Written by David, years after the rebellion in the desert Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts … The Hebrew writer infers from Psalm 95 that the rest was still available today – at the time of Davids writing

10 Hebrews - Lesson 410 Joshuas Rest Imperfect Read Hebrews 4:8-11 What rest could Joshua have given them? Read Joshua 21:43-45 Why was this rest not permanent? An imperfect shadow of the rest to come Israel failed to obey Certainly NOT due to an unavailability of Gods rest Joshua, Jeshua, Jesus are all the same name

11 Hebrews - Lesson 411 Joshuas Rest Imperfect Since Joshuas rest was imperfect, God spoke again later about rest Verse 9: There remains therefore a rest for Gods people

12 Hebrews - Lesson 412 What the Rest Means for Us Verse 10: for anyone who enters Gods rest also rests from his own works, just as God did from His. What does this passage mean to you? Rest in the current life? Rest in the life to come? Rest from working for salvation?

13 Hebrews - Lesson 413 Make Every Effort Verse 11: Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest … Seems rather ironic Make every effort vs. rest What is the writer contradicting himself? What is the risk of falling short? Lest anyone fall … Failing to reach Gods Promised Land

14 Hebrews - Lesson 414 The Word of God Read Hebrews 4:12-13 What does the imagery used here mean? How is the Word living and active? Read John 1:1-2 Does the imagery from this passage apply here? Read 1 Peter 1:22-25 How do Peters thoughts mesh with those of the Hebrew writer?

15 Hebrews - Lesson 415 Laid Bare by the Word How does the Word act like a sword? The Hebrew writer possibly uses some wordplay here: Naked and open in verse 13 is the same Greek word that would be used to describe baring ones neck to the executioner, perhaps used deliberately with the reference to sword in verse 12 Does that change your mental picture?

16 Hebrews - Lesson 416 For Discussion How does it make you feel to know that everything is laid bare before God? While that thought might make us uneasy, what has been put in place to set our hearts at ease (rest)? God says: There IS a rest It is available to those who believe Disobedience is costly

17 Hebrews - Lesson 417 Next Weeks Lesson Lesson 5 – Jesus the Great High Priest Hebrews 4:14-5:10

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