Chapter 4

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

2 For indeed the Good News was brought to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not having been mixed with belief in those who heard it.

I find this so very interesting! Can Shaul be stating this any clearer? Nothing has changed in the Truth of the Good News since the time at Mt Sinai. We today, can hear the same Good News – The Teachings and Instructions of YaHUaH Elohim. The Principles given at Mt Sinai made us a Set Apart People, a Holy Nation – IF we hear, listen, do, and keep. We will enter into the SAME rest, or we can enter the SAME end.

Let us also not let escape our understanding, that His Rest is also a reference to the Messianic Reign – the thousand years when the Kingdom of Heaven comes from the unseen realm into the seen realm ushered in by the Messiah Himself and His Messengers.

3 For we who have believed do enter into that rest, as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest…” And yet His works have come into being from the foundation of the world.

4 For somewhere He has said thus about the seventh day, “And Elohim rested on the seventh day from all His works,”

I believe Shaul is making a comparison of the week of Creation and the week of History. Both contain 6 days (6000 years) and then a Day of Rest (1000 year reign of YaHUsHA/YaHUaH).

5 and in this again, “If they shall enter into My rest…”

6 Since then it remains for some to enter into it, and those who formerly received the Good News did not enter in because of disobedience,

Obedience is the fruit of belief, and disobedience proves that we do not truly believe. I am not speaking of human weakness here i.e. those of us suffering from addiction, family curses, and struggling with circumstances and daily continue to try to serve Elohim. But truly, when we have the instructions on how to live, serve, eat, dress, speak, celebrate holy days, etc – and we do not do them — we prove that we do not believe the Words of Elohim.

7 He again defines a certain day, “Today,” saying through Dawid so much later, as it has been said, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.”

There is opportunity for anyone to enter into the Rest of Elohim as long as there is today. We have not yet reached the 7000 year mark, the “DAY” of His Rest, therefore there is still time to believe and begin Keeping His Ways. People keeping the Covenant of YaHUaH, the Elohim of Israel, practice this occasion each and every week. We work of 6 days and we enter into His Rest of the seventh day. Bringing the unseen realm into the seen realm! We are literally “living out” the millennial Kingdom each and every week.

8 For if Yehoshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.

In other words, entering into the Land was absolutely a most wondrous marker in our History, yet it was not the “entering into His rest” that is representative of the eternal Kingdom.

9 So there remains a Sabbath-keeping for the people of Elohim.

10 For the one, having entered into His rest, has himself also rested from his works, as Elohim rested from His own.

11 Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall after the same example of disobedience.

As we can see below the Strong’s Concordance reference that unbelief and disobedience, in the scriptures, are synonymous!

G543 — Strong   ἀπείθεια

apeitheia  ap-i’-thi-ah

From G545; disbelief (obstinate and rebellious): – disobedience, unbelief.

 

12 For the Word of Elohim (Torah, God’s teaching and Instructions: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) is living, and working, and sharper than any two-edged sword, cutting through even to the dividing of being and spirit, and of joint and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all are naked and laid bare before the eyes of Him with whom is our account.

14 Therefore, since we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, YaHUshA the son of Elohim, let us hold fast our confession (our covenant).

15 For we do not have a High Priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was tried in all respects as we are, apart from sin.

16 Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of favour, in order to receive compassion, and find favor for timely help.

Prior to the Work of YaHUsha Messiah, there was in place a Levitical Priesthood that served on behalf of Our Creator as mediators between Himself and His People. We could not simply approach our Holy Creator. We had to learn about the Attributes of our Elohim. Remember we were slaves coming out of bondage, engrossed in a society and culture of paganism where all of the many gods and goddesses had to be appeased. There was no sense of a what Holiness meant, no sense of what clean and unclean meant. Our Elohim had to teach us of His Holiness, His Authority, and His Power. Had not the Children of Israel experienced all that they did, with the Tabernacle, the sacrifices, the mistakes, etc – how could we understand the Glory and Character of our Elohim? He is Holy and Righteous. In time, He would come to us, manifested in an earthly vessel (the flesh) and make a way for us to approach Him and approach His Throne. Oh the Loving Kindness of our Elohim – Praise His Name forever.

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