Sabbatismos of Hebrews 4:9 is clearly not a proof text for Sabbath observance, but obviously the author is uniting the deeper rest experience, to which God calls His people, with the symbol of faith that God Himself instituted—the Sabbath. People ignorant of God's message for our day. I recently heard a great explanation of this difficult passage by Dr. Heiser, on the naked bible podcast and wanted to share it with you. Bishop John A. T. Robinson, the man who wrote "Honest to God," now comforts the conservatives. 5. in this place--In this passage of the Psalm again, it is implied that the rest was even then still future. 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”. What wonderful reassurance we have in Christ Jesus our Lord, for He is our Great High Priest, and heavenly Mediator. . 9:28). . piercing--Greek, "coming through." . God's "work" was one, comprehending, however, many "works.". Answer to the objection which might be made to his reasoning, namely, that those brought into Canaan by Joshua (so "Jesus" here means, as in Acts 7:45 ) did enter the rest of God. and "How much money?". 13. creature--visible or invisible. Proud member The writer now, in Hebrews 4:6-9, gathers up the argument, and reaches his conclusion that a Sabbatism remains for God’s people. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Hebrews 4 is the fourth chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. Go To Hebrews Index . He is both the omnipotent God and our merciful Saviour. "God's wisdom, simply manifold, and uniformly multiform, with incomprehensible comprehension, comprehends all things incomprehensible." 7. If the Greek "aneu" had been used, sin would have been regarded as the object absent from Christ the subject; but choris here implies that Christ, the subject, is regarded as separated from sin the object [TITTMANN]. Take My yoke on you . sharper--"more cutting." Then he repeats the last part of (Psalm 95:11). 11:28). An image (appropriate in addressing Jews) from the literal dividing of joints, and penetrating to, so as to open out, the marrow, by the priest's knife, illustrating the previously mentioned spiritual "dividing of soul from spirit," whereby each (soul as well as spirit) is laid bare and "naked" before God; this view accords with Hebrews 4:13 . If the rest of God meant Canaan, God would not after their entrance into that land, have spoken (or speak [ALFORD]) of another (future) day of entering the rest. . The Word of God is always an issue in our lives. discerner of the thoughts--Greek, "capable of judging the purposes." thousands of them. The Greek perfect tense implies that this is our continuous state in relation to God. we which have believed--we who at Christ's coming shall be found to have believed. 4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. Meyer's NT Commentary. The written Word of God is not the prominent thought here, though the passage is often quoted as if it were. . . This interpretation is not consistent with the con text, the language, or the main point of the author's argument. into rest--Greek, "into the rest" which is promised in the ninety-fifth Psalm. Christ "knows what is in man" ( John 2:25 ): so His word reaches as far as to the most intimate and accurate knowledge of man's most hidden parts, feelings, and thoughts, dividing, that is, distinguishing what is spiritual from what is carnal and animal in him, the spirit from the soul: so Proverbs 20:27 . Hebrews 4:1-13 New International Version (NIV) A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God 4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. of A second interpretation denies any implications whatsoever concerning the seventh-day Sabbath and sees sabbatismos totally inter changeable with katapausis, both referring only to the deeper rest of righteousness by faith, which the Jews under Joshua failed to enter. 4 as one text says, referring to the seventh day: And God rested on the seventh day after all the work he had been doing.. 5 And, again, the passage above says: They will never reach my place of rest.. 6 It remains the case, then, that there would be some people who would reach it, and since those who first heard the good news were prevented from entering by their refusal to believe, . Two other oldest manuscripts read, "Let us enter." God did not cease all activity; therefore, the rest man enters is not one of idleness, but of proper activities. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Keith Simons. boldly--Greek, "with confidence," or "freedom of speech" ( Ephesians 6:19 ). opened--literally, "thrown on the back so as to have the neck laid bare," as a victim with neck exposed for sacrifice. According to Riehm, the (as yet unproved) presupposition is first provisionally expressed in the parenthesis, Hebrews 4:1, in a simply assertory manner, viz. Some have viewed the rest primarily in a future sense and therefore refer it to the coming new earth, basing their concepts heavily on the Old Testament promises of rest in the Promised Land. The people in your parsonage are the most important people of all to you. Compare "in due time," Romans 5:6 . The word faith (pistis) appears repeatedly in these verses and is clearly the criterion for entering God's rest. This argument also fails to consider adequately the total context or to account for the change from katapausis to sabatismos, a word possibly coined specifically for this occasion, and that possibly has as its root the Hebrew shabath ("sabbath"). 8. Hence Moses records the end of each of the first six days, but not of the seventh. God's rest is not a rest necessitated by fatigue, nor consisting in idleness, but is that upholding and governing of which creation was the beginning [ALFORD]. . Just as man communes with God by faith and thereby obtains the rest, so it is in the realm of time that this communion finds its ultimate expression in the God-given symbol of the Sabbath.3 When our author introduces the concept of God's rest it is no coincidence that he makes a play on words by introducing the word sabbatismos. therefore--Seeing such a promise is before us, which we may, like them, fall short of through unbelief. This is the rest of Hebrews 3 and 4. Man is to enter by faith and obedience into God's completed work for him. This promise was not believed by those who formerly heard it, neither was it exhausted in the bringing in of the people to Canaan. The Word of God becomes an issue because it tests a person's life and sets the standards of acceptable behavior and attitudes. Hebrews 4 offers true Sabbath rest for the people of God through faith in Christ. Compare "Come unto Me . The whole of oldest extant manuscript authority supports a different reading, "unmingled as they were (Greek accusative case agreeing with 'them') in faith with its hearers," that is, with its believing, obedient hearers, as Caleb and Joshua. HEBREWS 10:4. . Hebrews 4 – Entering Into His Rest A. Before attempting to describe the "rest" of Hebrews 4:9, we must ask: (1) To whom is the rest avail able? The word heard being the food which, as the bread of life, must pass into flesh and blood through man's appropriating it to himself in faith. Jesus said, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. He is capable of sympathizing, for He was at the same time tempted without sin, and yet truly tempted [BENGEL]. . We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Exhortation to the readers, deduced from the historic fact, Hebrews 3:15-19, and softened by the form of community with the readers adopted by the author, which, however, is involuntarily abandoned again at the close of the verse. The Word's dividing and far penetrating power has both a punitive and a healing effect. Before we are overwhelmed by the temptation; when we most need it, in temptations and persecutions; such as is suitable to the time, persons, and end designed ( Psalms 104:27 ). in his sight --in God's sight ( Hebrews 4:12 ). "It judges all that is in the heart, for there it passes through, at once punishing [unbelievers] and searching [both believers and unbelievers]" [CHRYSOSTOM]. . There have been in all ages many unprofitable hearers; and unbelief is at … intents--rather, "conceptions" [CRELLIUS]; "ideas" [ALFORD]. "There re mains a sabbath rest (sabbatismos) for the people of God." Hebrews 4:3, R.S.V., says, "For we who have believed enter that rest." Though "great" ( Hebrews 4:14 ), He is not above caring for us; nay, as being in all points one with us as to manhood, sin only excepted, He sympathizes with us in every temptation. obtain--rather, "receive." The relation be tween the rest of God as experience and the Sabbath as its symbol is aptly stated by E. J. Waggoner: "The rest in Eden was Sabbath rest. The word "seem" is a mitigating mode of expression, though not lessening the reality. ALFORD'S interpretation is clumsy, by which he makes the soul itself, and the spirit itself, to be divided, instead of the soul from the spirit: so also he makes not only the joints to be divided asunder, but the marrow also to be divided (?). . from all his works--Hebrew, Genesis 2:2 , "from all His work." This new word has been interpreted in many different ways, of which we will deal with only two. that rest--which is still future and so glorious. A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Hebrews. Here are some suggestions for keeping them that way. 1 The author traces for them God's redemptive history from Creation through the wilderness wanderings of Israel, to David's day, to Christ's day, and finally to their own today, calling on them to hold fast their confidence in Christ's work, and warning them against failing to enter God's rest as their forefathers had done. (In the oldest manuscripts as in English Version, there is no "both," as there is in the clause "both the joints and . 1. His rest is not in his own accomplishments, but in God's. Discoveries in one of the world's oldest cities continue to add to the Biblical record. Neither does this interpretation take notice of the symbolism of Genesis 2. Hebrews 4:2, NASB : "For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard." Hebrews 4. Verses 4-5: By way of explanation for the statement in verse 3, the writer cites the illustration of the seventh day of creation and quotes (Gen. 2:2). The greatest gift a human being can be given is to hear this message, the Gospel Message, because around it our belief system is to be conformed. Hebrews 4:8, NASB: "For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that." He, though sinless, can sympathize with us sinners; His understanding more acutely perceived the forms of temptation than we who are weak can; His will repelled them as instantaneously as the fire does the drop of water cast into it. The word faith (pistis) appears repeatedly in these verses and is clearly the criterion for entering God's rest. without sin--Greek, "choris," "separate from sin" ( Hebrews 7:26 ). . 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. IMPOSSIBLE! and of the joints and marrow--rather, "(reaching even TO) both the joints (so as to divide them) and marrow." Others emphasize the textual context of today and feel the present tense of the verb remain adds weight to the present availability of the rest. As the knife of the Levitical priest reached to dividing parts, closely united as the joints of the limbs, and penetrated to the innermost parts, as the marrows (the Greek is plural); so the word of God divides the closely joined parts of man's immaterial being, soul and spirit, and penetrates to the innermost parts of the spirit. In its total context the passage also shows us the Sabbath as a God-given sign or symbol of our having begun now to rest in God's completed work of redemption on the cross. ALFORD translates, "He that entered into his (or else God's, but rather 'his'; Isaiah 11:10 , 'His rest': 'the joy of the Lord,' Matthew 25:21 Matthew 25:23 ) rest (namely, Jesus, our Forerunner, Hebrews 4:14 , 6:20 , 'The Son of God that is passed through the heavens': in contrast to Joshua the type, who did not bring God's people into the heavenly rest), he himself (emphatical) rested from his works ( Hebrews 4:4 ), as God (did) from His own" (so the Greek, "works"). The verb tenses and the repetition of the word today seem to demand such a conclusion, as does also the strong exhortative and probationary tone of the pas sage. God then blessed the day and rested. Let us . Hebrews 4:4, κατέπαυσεν ὁ θεός, “God rested;” here, “caused them to rest,” “given them rest.” Beza, “in requiem collocasset;” Arias, “requiem praestitisset.” The word properly, and usually in other authors, signifies “finem imponere,” “cessare facere;” “to put an end,” or … Hebrews 4:1-11 has been used, on one hand, to support the observance of the Sabbath commandment by Christians; and on the other hand, as evidence for the rejection of a literal obedience to the commandment. being left us--still remaining to us after the others have, by neglect, lost it. 4:9, 11, p. 928. Hebrews 4:1-16 . However, we must not forget either the author's use of the Creation Sabbath to illustrate God's rest or the fact that the promised rest in the Old Testament did include, among other things, the gift of the land. Cities . 12. EasyEnglish is a system of simple English designed by Wycliffe Associates (UK). The Jews say, "The parents are a sign (warning) to their sons.". find grace--corresponding to "throne of grace." . In the context of Hebrews 3 and 4 the author points to Christ's rest after His perfect work of Creation, and also to His rest following the perfect work of His human life, which is the basis for the confidence man is to have. great--as being "the Son of God, higher than the heavens" ( Hebrews 7:26 ): the archetype and antitype of the legal high priest. Joshua and the Israelites did both and yet did not find the true rest (Neh. “For the word of God is alive and active. Salem Media Group. Here is a portion of my new book on Calvinism. Hebrews 4:8, KJV: "For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day." Such a person may have once appeared to have a vibrant and living faith. The same word which is saving to the faithful ( Hebrews 4:2 ) is destroying to the disobedient ( 2 Corinthians 2:15 2 Corinthians 2:16 ). labour--Greek, "strive diligently." The whole renovated creation shall share in it; nothing will there be to break the Sabbath of eternity; and the Triune God shall rejoice in the work of His hands ( Zephaniah 3:17 ). Title: When the various New Testament books were formally brought together into one collection shortly after A.D. 100, the titles were added for convenience. Bible students have long disagreed over the meaning of the phrase a rest remains (apoleipetai). 1. Pleading our High Priest Jesus' meritorious death, we shall always find God on a throne of grace. The argument is to show that by "My rest," God means a future rest, not for Himself, but for us. from his own works--even from those that were good and suitable to the time of doing work. Moses, the representative of the law, could not lead Israel into Canaan: the law leads us to Christ, and there its office ceases, as that of Moses on the borders of Canaan: it is Jesus, the antitype of Joshua, who leads us into the heavenly rest. but--"nay, rather, He was (one) tempted" [ALFORD]. and ye shall find rest (the continuing rest and peace found in daily submitting to Christ's easy yoke; the former answers to "receive mercy" here; the latter, to "find grace," Matthew 11:28 Matthew 11:29 ). After quoting Heb. some must enter--The denial of entrance to unbelievers is a virtual promise of entrance to those that believe. However, stress on the present entering into rest does not nullify implications for the future in the author's argument. Not that He has ceased to carry on the work of redemption, nay, He upholds it by His mediation; but He has ceased from those portions of the work which constitute the foundation; the sacrifice has been once for all accomplished. . 14. Commentary on Hebrews 4:1-10. "Show, O man, shame and fear towards thy God, for no veil, no twisting, bending, coloring, or disguise, can cover unbelief" (Greek, 'disobedience,' Hebrews 4:11 ). The apostle, having in the foregoing chapter set forth the sin and punishment of the ancient Jews, proceeds in this, I. What then is the "rest" of God? . Seeing then--Having, therefore; resuming Hebrews 2:17 . Not, as ALFORD explains, "help in time," that is, to-day, while it is yet open to us; the accepted time ( 2 Corinthians 6:2 ). Hebrews 4:16(NASB) Verse Thoughts. In sympathy He adapts himself to each, as if He had not merely taken on Him man's nature in general, but also the peculiar nature of that single individual. God has not left us to struggle on alone. A foretaste of the rest Is given in the inward rest which the believer's soul has in Christ. . 4:10, R.S.V.). A supply of grace is in store for believers against all exigencies; but they are only supplied with it according as the need arises. Science and Religion: Building with Unsound Timbers. Hebrews 4:16 Because God is faithful, the strength to be faithful is promised to us. although, &c.--Although God had finished His works of creation and entered on His rest from creation long before Moses' time, yet under that leader of Israel another rest was promised, which most fell short of through unbelief; and although the rest in Canaan was subsequently attained under Joshua, yet long after, in David's days, God, in the ninety-fifth Psalm, still speaks of the rest of God as not yet attained. The first issue raised by Heb. Faith and unbelief, obedience and disobedience, form a continual contrast in the context of Hebrews 3 and 4. Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. like as we are--Greek, "according to (our) similitude." 20:12). The Sabbath as a symbol of the reality of spiritual rest has implications for the future, as well as for past and present salvation. 4:9, 11, Ellen White says: "The rest here spoken of is the rest of grace, obtained by following the prescription, Labor diligently. For--Such diligent striving ( Hebrews 4:11 ) is incumbent on us FOR we have to do with a God whose "word" whereby we shall be judged, is heart-searching, and whose eyes are all-seeing ( Hebrews 4:13 ). 47 Hebrews 4:1–5:10 71 Hebrews 5:11–6:20 91 Hebrews 7 111 Hebrews 8 125 Hebrews 9 147 Hebrews 10 175 Hebrews 11 203 Hebrews 12 229 Hebrews 13 249 Bibliography 251 Index. The two ideas of "rest" combined, give the perfect view of the heavenly Sabbath. Though the Sabbath is mentioned only incidentally in a context that stresses the availability of salvation rest to man, the rest of God on the seventh day of Creation week reveals that the Sabbath is a symbol and a sample of the rest of grace. The context shows that the apostle Paul was referring to the message, or expression of God’s purpose, such as we find in the Bible. From the general argument of the book of Hebrews and also from such texts as Galatians 3:26-29, it be comes clear that the wandering people of God since the cross are no longer the Jewish nation exclusively, but all those who are Christ's. the word preached--literally, "the word of hearing": the word heard by them. If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version. PHILO similarly speaks of "God passing between the parts of Abraham's sacrifices ( Genesis 15:17 , where, however, it is a 'burning lamp' that passed between the pieces) with His word, which is the cutter of all things: which sword, being sharpened to the utmost keenness, never ceases to divide all sensible things, and even things not perceptible to sense or physically divisible, but perceptible and divisible by the word." The "rest" in Hebrews 4:8 is Greek, "catapausis;" Hebrew, "Noah"; rest from weariness, as the ark rested on Ararat after its tossings to and fro; and as Israel, under Joshua, enjoyed at last rest from war in Canaan. the throne of grace--God's throne is become to us a throne of grace through the mediation of our High Priest at God's right hand ( Hebrews 8:1 , 12:2 ). Φοβηθῶμεν οὖν] Let us … Let us . and (2) How is it entered? 1. Jesus Christ, has sent forth his ministering Spirits “to minister for those who shall be heirs of salvation”. 1 Heb. unto them--in type: the earthly Canaan, wherein they failed to realize perfect rest, suggesting to them that they should look beyond to the heavenly land of rest, to which faith is the avenue, and from which unbelief excludes, as it did from the earthly Canaan. . The soul draws with it the body; the spirit draws with it both soul and body." 4:9, R.S.V., he uses a different word for rest. All rights reserved. Only from earnest labor comes peace and joy in the Holy Spirit happiness on earth and glory hereafter." hold fast--the opposite of "let slip" ( Hebrews 2:1 ); and "fall away" ( Hebrews 6:6 ). To declare that our privileges by Christ under the gospel exceed the privileges of the Jewish church under Moses, as a reason why we should make … Mercy especially refers to the remission and removal of sins; grace, to the saving bestowal of spiritual gifts [ESTIUS]. The Son is characterized by a seven-fold description (verses 1-4), which is then buttressed by citations from Old Testament texts (verses 5-14). Compare Aaron, the type, bearing the names of the twelve tribes in the breastplate of judgment on his heart, when he entered into the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually ( Exodus 28:29 ). When is the "rest" of God to be entered? Hebrews 4:2, KJV: "For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." ", 4. he spake--God ( Genesis 2:2 ). In a special sense Jesus Christ stands as the center of the book of Hebrews. The Book of Hebrews begins with the declaration that while God has spoken in various ways through the Old Testament prophets, He has now spoken fully and finally in His Son (Hebrews 1:1-4). The work and subsequent rest of God are the archetype to which we should be conformed. 4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. The argument briefly is, God has provided a rest for men and has promised it to them. Watch for questions like, "How many baptisms?" "Whoever enters God's rest also ceases from his labors as God did from his" (Heb. Those who are unwilling to give the Lord faithful, earnest, loving service will not find spiritual rest in this life or in the life to come. 4:9, but is the God-given symbol and sample of that very rest of grace into which believers can enter in a special sense on the seventh day of every week. ", 10. Out of all the passages that the Arminians use to try to prove that one can lose his salvation this one appears to be the most extensive. 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