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Original post @ https://dbethandrews.wordpress.com/2021/08/19/hebrews-do-you-need-some-rest/
Hebrews: Do You Need Some Rest?
POSTED ON AUGUST 19, 2021 BY BETH ANDREWS
My sleeping angel, Joy.
I kept my phone close, anticipating a call about a test I had undergone. Cancer took my mom away too soon – and I knew that increased my risk. The call finally came late in the afternoon. “The images were clear. There was no sign of cancer.” Relief filled my heart and that night I got some much-needed rest. But what if I decided the doctor was wrong? What if I doubted the results? What if I continued to worry and toss and turn at night?
The writer of Hebrews drew from the Psalmist’s recollection of the Israelite’s in the wilderness and God’s declaration that this unbelieving people “Shall never enter my rest” (Psalm 95:11; Hebrews 3:11; 4:3). At the threshold of the Promised Land, Moses sent out twelve spies into Canaan to explore the territory and assess the inhabitants from a military standpoint. They returned with a glowing report of “the land of milk and honey” (Numbers 13:27), and an alarming report of the people they would have to defeat to take the land. They said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are!” (13:31) The people grumbled and wanted to turn back to Egypt – to slavery. Only Joshua and Caleb urged them to trust the Lord and proceed – and only Joshua and Caleb survived God’s judgment. Because of their unbelief, the whole company would wander for forty years until the last of the unbelieving generation fell in the desert.
The author used them as an example of people who “had the gospel . . . but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith” (Hebrews 4:2). Faith, as the Bible uses it means belief and trust – with the implication that actions based on that trust will follow. Faith is not just ethereal thoughts – it is acting with confidence in what God has said. The Israelites heard about the Promised Land, but they doubted they could get the victory so they gave up on God’s rest. When the gospel is declared some will have faith and some will not. Some will rest in the promise of salvation and eternal life and some will live in hopelessness and anxiety. The author adds, “Now we who have believed enter that rest . . .” (4:3a).
Beloved, are you weary? There is rest for those who trust in Jesus. Today and eternally.
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To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
You say you are a “born again” believer… BUT is your soul “ON FIRE” for the Lord ?? If not, open this link – https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/
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I have noticed an awesome thing in my 50plus years of trying to serve the Lord; when you “practice” faith-believing, after a while it turns to faith-knowing, just because of experience. The Israelites should have trusted Joshua and Caleb’s experience in trusting and KNOWING the Lord. Today, we need to trust our elders who have walked for a time with the Lord through ALL the ups and downs that life presents because of that spiritual experience! Great post indeed! GREAT lessons!