The Bipolar Bible Teacher

A Place Where the Holy Scriptures Are Honored and Studied

I want to welcome you to a site where the Scriptures take precedence over opinion and ideology. There are too many so-called "Christian" websites where it seems that differences of thought are met with near hostility and an underlying intolerance for anyone who does not see eye to eye with others who love the LORD and are dedicated to the inerrancy and sufficiency of His Word and mission of redemption. What I'd like to present here is a thorough and informative look at books of the Bible and what I have gleaned from years of study and reading that I'd like to share with you. I come from a background founded in what is referred to as "Reformed", meaning that I beleive that the Lord God Almighty is the absolute Sovereign over the affairs of men and creation and that all things are under His control. Reformed Christianity also teaches that man is inherently corrupt with sin and cannot redeem himself before God in  his or her own strength, nor does he want to, instead staying in a state of rebellion and hatred towards God unless the Holy Spirit convicts him of his sins and he turns to the only Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, for salvation and true life. The LORD offers salvation for all, yet reserves the right to save whomever He wishes and will receive all the glory for doing so. Two of the best documents ever written about God's nature and power aside from the Holy Scriptures are the Westminster Confession of Faith (1647) and the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. If read and studied, these works, along with the study of Scripture, these works will help you grow in faith as well as spiritual maturity. The issue is not why the LORD chooses to redeem whoever He wants, but why He would save any of us at all since we're the ones who rebelled against His authority in Eden. He is great and greatly to be praised and all glory goes to Him. He is our great Savior and Redeemer and we need now more than ever to stay close to Him as the day comes for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this Earth to rule and reign as the absolute undisputed King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior this day, for you don't know if you'll see tomorrow. In the meantime, keep watch on this site for inquiries into the Sacred Word and I pray you will be blessed as we gather around the throne both here and in eternity in the New Jerusalem.

Some Information About Myself

I've had a nearly thirty-year run as a minister for Jesus Christ, serving everywhere from small-town pastorates, to pulpit supply, to high school and Bible college teaching, and then to end up working in the field of healthcare chaplaincy for the past few years in eastern Oklahoma. I was born, reared, and educated in the area known as "Cajun Country" in southern Louisiana. I have been married to the love of my life for the past 36 years and have been blessed with three children, one of whom is in heaven. Due to health concerns that limit my ability to go places, I have now decided to focus my time and attention to internet evangelism and the teaching of the inerrant, all-powerful, all-sufficient Word of God, the Holy Bible, which is the primary reason I decided to start this website. I'm also a contributing writer for the prophecy websites "Rapture Ready" and "Inspirational Christian Blogs". Along with these responsibilities, I also work with Paul Begley Prophecy Ministries as a writer of study guides and Bible curriculum for the ministry's new online Bible school. The LORD has seen fit to bless this work, and I invite you to leave your comment and ideas at the bottom of this site and let me know if I can help you to understand Bible doctrine, issues, or leave a prayer request. I do ask that, if you would, tell your friends, church members, pastor, and colleagues about this site and be a part of a ministry dedicated to teaching the truth of God's Word and for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. I can also be reached at:  drwhitchard@aol.com. May the LORD bring peace and mercy on you this day.

Some Troubling Issues I See in the Body of Christ Today

When I first started writing articles for noteworthy prophecy websites, much of my material stemmed from a standpoint based on my years of ministry, with the uneasy conclusion that the body of Christ is currently suffering from a near fatal case of deliberate biblical ignorance. I truly beleive that this is why we see, for example, some church services that resemble rock concerts instead of being sanctified places of holiness and reverence before the LORD, along with the rise and acceptance of the spiritually putrid false teachings by morally bankrupt so-called "preachers" who adhere to a heretical gospel of health, wealth and prosperity at the cost of the eternal loss of people's souls. We have repetitive, hollow worship that is centered on emotions and experiences and not upon the majesty and awe of the Sovereign God. We see youth and young adults dropping out of church and abandoning the faith they thought they possessed. We are now witnesses to an ever growing acceptance of trends and lifestyles that blatantly defy Scripture, yet are overlooked in the name of "tolerance" in order to be accepted by "seekers" and those in the world who want the church to operate in a way that make them feel comfortable and not be convicted of sin or make them look to the cross of Christ as their only hope of real, eternal peace. I am concerned about all of these situations and their obvious harm to the church, but I am also not surprised that these events occuring at such a fast pace. The Scriptures tell us that these things would come to pass (Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13; Luke 21:5-19; Romans 1;18-32, 3:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 4:1-5; 1 John 2:18-25, 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; 3 John 9-12; Jude 1-25; Isaiah 5:20-21). My viewpoint, however, is not the foundation upon which to build a more sound and righteous life for the body of Christ. We must return to the Scriptures and them alone for  guidance and instruction in the ways of what the Sovereign God expects and demands of us. We must understand that the Lord Jesus expects nothing less from us than absolute obedience and devotion. We must devote our time and energy to the reading and study of Scripture, have times of fervent specific prayers to confront and rebuke false teaching and the works of the enemy, find and support a church and pastor who believes in the truth of the Word, have the Christ-focused ability to stand firm in our faith, and to continually devote ourselves to seeking the direction and guidance of the LORD as these last days draw to a conclusion. We must remember that we who are the true body of Christ are on the winning side and we must be vigilant in getting others to embrace the only hope offered, and that is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. While I will devote some writing on this site to personal observation and conclusion, the bulk of what will be presented here will be teachings based solely upon the word of God. Let God be praised and glorified forevermore. Amen.

Christianity On the Firing Line: A Study of the Book of Hebrews

The main focus of this site is to present truths from God's word, the Holy Bible. There is a severe drought of biblical knowledge and literacy in this country, even though most homes in the United States have at least one Bible, most likely collecting dust in a closet. Even those who profess to have no belief in God will admit to having glanced through the Scriptures at least once in their lives. The attitude we possess towards God and His influence is indifferent at the least and hostile at the worst. This attitude has been a constant part of the invisible war between the forces of God and those forces that are allied with the Prince of Darkness, Satan, with the end result being the destiny of every person's soul at the end of life. Christians have been the target of the evil one since Jesus' resurrection and ascension into heaven, securing the salvation for all who come to Him in faith. This hostility towards Christ in the first century caused a lot of beleivers who came from Jewish backgrounds to wonder if their commitment to Christ was worth the trouble. The book of Hebrews was written to address that crisis, and we will examine the Scriptural and historical foundations that show Jesus Christ was and is the centrality of real faith.

The Basics About the Book of Hebrews - Lesson 1

The book of Hebrews, I've noticed, does not get a lot of attention when it comes to online sermons and biblical study. It is not a book that is recommended by believers to new converts due to the amount of doctrine concerning the authoritive positions that the Lord Jesus Christ now holds in heaven and there needs to be a knowledge primarily about the old method of worship and ceremony that was undertaken by the Jewish priests for the purpose of interceding before God for the sins of the nation of Israel and obtaining forgiveness of those sins by sacrificing an innocent animal on an altar. This act was found first in the Tabernacle designed by God and built by Moses, and then was a part of worship in the Temple built by King Solomon when the nation of Israel was in its prime. The sacrificial system was in place during the time of Jesus, and by His death on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and His resurrection, the sacrifice of an animal was no longer necessary. Jesus Christ had completed the task by His actions and mission of redemption for the sake of His people and those who would follow Him in the future. The book of Hebrews was a defense of Christ's redeeming work and was a teaching on how He fulfilled all of the tasks associated with the sacrificial system that had been a part of Jewish life for centuries. Next time, we shall look at issues such as authorship, date of writing, the main theme of the book, and the key word, "better", showing that the Lord Jesus was better than any work on our own for the purpose of peace with God and the promise of forgiveness and eternity with Him.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 2

     Let's look at some background material before we dig into the text itself. First, who wrote this book? The author does not give his name, but there have been worthwhile suggestions, such as the apostle Paul, Barnabas, his former missionary partner, Luke, the author of the third gospel and Acts, and the skilled preacher mentioned in the book of Acts named Apollos. When you read the book as a whole, it's not hard to see the influence of Paul, but the truth is, only the LORD knows who wrote it.

     The time in which it was written has also been a point of study, but most Bible scholars place it as before the time of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The book itself highlights the sacrificial system and there is no mention of its demise. All sacrifices ended after the Temple's demise by the hands of Rome. This destruction had been predicted by the Lord Jesus prior to His crucifixion and resurrection. It was written to show the Jews who had come to Christ that His sacrifice on the cross for our sins was superior to that of the sacrificial system they had known since the days of  Moses. There was no further need to place an innocent animal on the altar as a means of atoning for our sins. The work of Jesus Christ had settled the issue once and for all.

     The key word in Hebrews is "better". Through the work of Christ, we have a better revelation (1:1-4); a better hope (7:19); a better priesthood (7:20-28); a better covenant and promise (8:6); a better sacrifice (9:23); a better possession (10:34); a better country (11:16), and a better resurrection (11:35). Hebrews shows us the finished work of Christ for our sins. There is no other gospel (Galatians 1:8-9) and there is no other way of salvation (John 14:6; Romans 10:9-10).

     This letter, or book, is meant to be a source of spiritual comfort to us as a certainty of what Jesus Christ has done for us (2 Timothy 1:12). This book also shows us, as Gentiles (non-Jews), that we do not need to add any works or rituals of our own alongside that of Christ's atonement for us. The Scriptures as a whole tell us that we cannot in any way, shape, or form, do anything to save ourselves. We must throw oursleves on the love and mercy of Jesus Christ in order to have real peace with God and the assurance of our salvation. Christianity is not another religion, but is the work of the LORD in securing an eternal relationship based in love and compassion. It is the LORD who has sought us, and not us seeking Him (on our own terms). With that said, we will begin our study of the text when we meet again. May the Lord Jesus  Christ be honored and glorified always. Amen.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 3

The title that I give to this lesson is "God's Supreme Revelation" (1:1-4). The author starts by declaring that in the past, the LORD spoke audibly to men like Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel, and Daniel, and these words became the foundation for what is referred to as the Old Testament, venerated by righteous Jew and Gentile alike. These men that are presented here are referred to as prophets, or spokesmen for God. They were given specific duties that were often met with persecution and revilement by the public, but they were obedient to the call of God nevertheless. They were to teach the people about revelations from God, they taught the people how to worship God, warn them about disobeying God, proclaimed judgment from God, told of a coming Redeemer to save them, anointed kings, brought unwelcome messages, emphasized the need for repentance, encourgaged solitude with God, and sometimes suffered dire consequences for being truthful about what God expected of the people. Those who preach God's word today face the same situations. Solomon was right when he said that there was nothing new under the sun. So, how does God speak to us today? Verse 2 tells us that God has now spoken through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, whose words were authorative (Matthew 7:29; Mark 1:27). We also know that He condemned religious pretenders (Matthew 23). He comforted the hurting (John 11:25), foretold things to come (Luke 21:7-28), forgave sins (Luke 23:39-43), and was the promised Messiah of prophecy. He is the Creator of all things (Colossians 1:18; John 1:1-4)and has the power to save and is the only way to God the Father (John14:6). He is much better than the angels or creation itself. No one had precedence over Him. He is to be worshipped and glorified, and we will get into the specifics of that truth as we continue in this study.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 4

We're continuing our study in Chapter 1, where last time, we looked at how God has spoken to His people in the past, and He now has spoken by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. When the canon of Scripture was closed at the end of the first century, the LORD has said all He needed to say to us concerning how to live holy lives, the importance of obedience, salvation only through Christ, the ministry and gifts of the Holy Spirit, sound doctrine, and the comfort of knowing that He has the final word on how things will come to a conclusion at the end of days. Nothing else needs to be added. Scripture plainly teaches that there is an eternal consequence for adding to or deleting of His word (Revelation 22:18-19). There are no such things as a "new revelation from God", or "a fresh move of the Spirit" as some people teach. God's eternal presence, salvation, authority, and wisdom never needs refreshing or an update. We're the ones who get spritually dry and need a continual drink of Living Water (John 4:10, 7:38; Revelation 22:1). We are the ones in need of refreshing. God doesn't have to improve or rewrite His original plans or His words. We tend to forget that our God is Sovereign and has complete and total control of the affairs of the universe and as such, our very lives. He is also holy and righteous, and we often don't approach Him with the reverence He deserves. We are at worst, flippant and apathetic towards Him and ignore the fact that we cannot take our next breath without His will. Despite the bragging and activism of misguided politicians and zealots, we don't run the world, and our opinions men nothing in terms of the right of God to do with us as He pleases and give mercy to whomever He wishes (Romans 9:14-24). We also tend to catagorize our Lord Jesus as "meek and mild" and always "loving" without reading passages of Scripture such as  Matthew 23 where He essentially curses the Pharisees to hell for their religious hypocrisy and blasphemous attitudes towards Him. When we read about His return in Revelation 19:11-21, He is coming back to rule ths world with a "rod of iron" and will slaughter His enemies and send them to hell. He will be the absolute ruler over this world and His word is final. There will be no debates in a Congress or overruled decisions from an earthly court. There will be no elections with majority rule. What He says will be obeyed. All of humanity and the supernatural beings will bow the knee before the Lord Jesus and will acknowledge Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Philippians 2:5-11; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 25). No other being has this authority, certainly not the angels of heaven, of whom we shall cover next time.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 5

We're now going to look at verses 5-14 of Chapter 1, where the author shows his readers that the Lord Jesus Christ is superior to His messengers, or "angels". The angels are spiritual, superhuman beings with varied responsibilities as decreed by God. There are angels who worship and serve the LORD, and there are also fallen angels, or the demons who serve Lucifer, the fallen archangel who is also known as Satan, or "the adversary" (Mathew 25:41: Isaiah 14:12-17; Ezekiel 28:11-19; Job 1:6-12, 2:1-7; Ephesians 6:10-18; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-10). It should be noted that no creature works independently of God's sovereign control (Mark 5: 1-20), but all will bow before the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the age and declare Him King of Kings and Lord of Lords, both redeemed and reprobate (Philippians 2:5-11). God the Father declares that only Jesus Christ and Him alone bears the title "Son of God". He has the exclusive tight of fraternal love for and with the Father (Hebrews 1:5-6). Jesus Christ is the "Firstborn" (pre-imminent) of all creation. He is the Creator of all, including the angels (vv.6, 7), and gives them their duties. The author quotes Psalm 45:6-7 to describe the glory and reign of the Son (vv.8-9). The Lord Jesus has all things in His hands and will do with them as He pleases, including the angels (Psalm 102:25-27). Verses 10-12 of Chapter 1 emphasize this point. God has never given this authority to any of His creation, and who do we think we are to say otherwise ? (Romans 9:18-22). All creation, regardless of status, is under the direction and control of Jesus Christ, and that will never change or be put to a vote. He is the eternal King who will have the last word and will soon create a new heaven and a new earth, eternally free from the grip and curse of sin (Revelation 21:1-7). Where do you stand in light of what has been presented? If you know you're not right with the Holy, Sovereign, Lord God Almighty, you need to place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins and to bow before Him as Lord and Savior and to follow His direction from this time forward (2 Corinthians 6:2). Don't put it off.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 6

In this lesson, I want to examine the important precepts that the author presents in Chapter 2: 1-4. First, he points out the necessity of adhering to the teaching of God's word as presented by His spokesmen, the prophets and the apostles whose calling it was to tell all people about the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Apostles such as Matthew presented specific prophecies from what we know now as the Old Testament to verify the fact that Jesus Christ was the promised Messiah and true King of Israel. Mark received the message of the gospel by association with Peter, who told Mark about the work of Christ as the Servant of God, come to do His bidding by being the substitute on the cross for our sins. Luke, being a physician, wrote a more detailed account of Jesus' life and work with the skill and precision that a scientist and scholar would apply to his craft. There have been numerous specialists in the fields of history and archaeology who have declared Luke to be a historian of the highest caliber and the geographical locations mentioned in the book of Acts to be specfic and accurate as more artifacts and records have been discovered over the years. It is likely that Luke was mentored by the apostle Paul, who probably encouraged him to write his gospel, not to mention the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit. John, the only apostle to die of natural causes at a great age, was a constant companion of the Lord Jesus, and approached his account as the confirmation by his eyewitness testimony and listing of specific signs that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and the Lamb of God who was to take away the sins of the world. By the time of the writing of Hebrews, apostles such as Peter and Paul had been put to death at the hands of Rome. There were the remaining apostles and their pupils, and the letters of Paul to teach the  doctrines of the faith, and the tesimonies of over 500 eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) to confirm the fact that Jesus Christ's mission of redemption for humanity had been made complete and acceptable by the Father, who had raised Jesus from the dead, and confirming what Jesus HImself had procalimed in terms of His divinity and obedience to the will of the Father. All of these people, with the exception of Luke, who was a Greek, were Jews who had laid aside their belief that sacrifices were necessary to atone for sins and embraced the sacrifice of Christ on the cross and received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to teach and proclaim the absolute necessity of trusting in Christ for salvation. The eleven apostles who had been frightened and shattered by the crucifixion were now bold as lions. This only could come about if what Jesus said about Himself were true and verified. Otherwise He would be forgotten and cursed, regulated to a footnote of ancient history, if recorded at all. The Scriptures and the testimonies of people who saw and heard Jesus before and after His resurrection, along with the proclamation of the angelic host, such as in Luke, Chapters 1 and 2 were the foundation for the writer of Hebrews to emphasize that their faith was true and not to be cast aside, because salvation is by no other figure other than that of Jesus Christ. If the readers of this letter were ready to return to the old ways of religious practice as presented in the Law of Moses and trust an animal sacrifice (which was never to be permanent and pointed to Christ), then they were without any real hope for eternal life and a real realtionship with God the Father. To return to the old ways was saying that Jesus Christs' mission was for nothing. This can be seen today in the attitide of  a majority of people who beleive that there are many roads to heaven. Of course, this means attempting to get there by your own means, which will never work due to our sinful nature, or doing works that hopefully convince whatever deity might exist that show that they were good, whatever that means apart from the standards of Scripture. No one other than Jesus Himself declared that He was the ONLY way to God the Father (John 14:6), and that there was nothing or no one else on whom to rely. Too bad if that gets you riled or offended and seen as "intolerant". Your opinion or outrage will not change God's standards in any way, shape, or form. He has the final word. He's in charge and it will be Jesus Christ who is declared King of Kings and Lord of Lords by both skeptic and saint when the end of days has come. (Phillipians 2:5-11). If you're not sure of where  you stand before God, then confess your sins  to Him in prayer, repent of them, ask for forgiveness, and surrender yourself to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and follow Him without question. Nothing or no one else will do. You have been warned.

The Book of Hebrews, Lesson 7: Chapter 2: 5 -9

The life, death, resurrection, and promised return of Jesus Christ has been called the centerpiece of civilization and is the world's most significant event to have ever occurred and will occur, save the act of creation itself recorded in the book of Genesis. Jesus Christ and His mission has brought hope and peace to millions of  believers since the first century. Those who have given their lives to the cause of Christ throughout the centuries have made an impact on education, health, politics, economies, philosophies, laws, the direction of nations, leadership, science, welfare, living conditions, concerns and care of children, advocacy for the poor, race relations, missions, industry, and most important of all, how to have a true relationship with God. No other figure in history but the Lord Jesus has changed the destiny of people and the course of world affairs for the good. He did it with no army or group of scholars, nor did He wield a sword and threaten anyone on pain of death to follow Him. He collected no wealth nor did He command HIs followers to pillage towns in order to fund His excursions. He did not spend years under a tree seeking enlightenment, or sit at the feet of a philosospher in order to gain wisdom. What He possessed was the character and personhood of God, with the plan to redeem His fallen creation which was conceived before the foundation of the world. He chose to be the  sacrificial lamb that would once and for all rid humanity of its sins before the Sovereign, Holy God. The finished work of Jesus Christ gave us access to God and an eternal future with Him, and no one else nor any other religious group can make that claim. The Lord God provided just one way to Himself, and that was through the Lord Jesus (John 14:6; Romans 5: 6-11; John 3:16; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5-7). This doctrine was the foundation of the faith, and the apostles affirmed that by their teaching, lives, and deaths, never denying the One who had transformed their lives forever (Acts 4:20). Through the work and words of the Lord Jesus, the remnant church throughout the centuries boldly proclaimed that He was God in the flesh and was the Creator of all things, except for evil and its aftermath. Verses 5-9 of Chapter 2 tells us that He is above all created things and has total control over the affairs of the universe, both seen and unseen. His death for our sins was done so that we wouldn't have to experience the terror of eternal death and be cast into the Lake of Fire forever at the end of time along with the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is the plan of the devil and his willing accomplices to make you think that you have to do certain works, chants, incantations, go to alleged "holy sites", trust in a religious leader's teachings, pray to saints or figures, or do other things in order to get right with God. None of that will ever work and will lead you straight to hell at the end of your life. Only by trusting completely in the work of Jesus Christ and surrendering your life totally to Him and to obey what He has said in His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 24:35; 2 Peter 1:19-21) will you have true life and purpose, along with the promise of an eternal home with Him, free from sins and sickness, and forever young. This world as we now know it will not be here much longer, and Jesus could come back any time. Keep in His word, talk with Him every day, and share your faith as opportunity arises. Stay faithful.

Hebrews 2: 10 - 18: "Bringing the Sons to Glory"

The author of Hebrews continues to present the Lord Jesus Christ as the promise and fulfillment of the Old Testament prophetic narrative that there would be One sent from God to bear the sins of His people, delcaring that there would be a cessation of animal sacrifices as the means of atonement and forgiveness. He also emphasizes that the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross made that narrative come to pass and be fulfilled perfectly, being that Jesus was the sinless Lamb of God come to earth to take on the mission of salvation which was planned before anything came into  existence. The fall of man from innocence did not catch God off guard. He didn't have to come up with an idea to counteract what man had done. We also need to keep in mind that God could have allowed us to remain unredeemed and die in our sins, which would have been perfectly just and would bring Him glory in affirming His holiness and intolerance for sin. God's grace is also a characteristic of His mercy. Salvation is the mercy and forgiveness from the LORD that we do not deserve. The death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ not only freed us from the curse of sin and damnation, but also from the grips of the devil, who keeps many of the unregenerate world under his control and shuts ears and eyes until the Holy Spirit supernaturally and sovereignly opens their eyes and resurrects their dead spirit, leading them to the cross and redemption. Not only does the Lord Jesus deliver us from the consequences of our sins, but He also puts within us the desire to learn more about Him and to obey His direction. Surrender of our lives to Christ means that He now controls our lives and everything with it. True faith in Jesus leads to spiritual maturation and the development of a more holy, Christ-centered life and walk in this world. This could have not been made a reality unless Jesus had come in the flesh and dwelt among us. Think on this, in that Almighty God, absolute Sovereign of all Creation, became fully God and fully man to redeem us and give us not just access to Him, but to dwell with Him throughout eternity in heaven. He gave us mercy, grace, and love that we do not deserve. When Jesus forgives and redeems us, it is for all time and eternity. Again, no animal sacrifice could accomplish that, no matter how many times it was performed at theTemple in Jerusalem. No angel could have done it. Salvation is of the LORD and it is He who has established and confirmed it. Turn away from your own attempts to cleanse your life and embrace the gift of salvation that Jesus offers today.

Hebrews, Chapter 3: The Worthiness of the Savior

    In this chapter, our LORD is compared to Moses in that He is greater than the beloved lawgiver and author of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament). The author of Hebrews also writes of  a warning by the Holy Spirit against the sin of unbelief. The chapter highlights both similarities and differences between the Lord Jesus and Moses.

     First, both Jesus and Moses were faithful to God. Moses was faithful in God's house, while our LORD is the Faithful Son over God's house. Since He is greater, we need to focus upon Him. (vv.1-6) The second point to consider is the warning by the Spirit against unbelief (vv.7-19). The writer presents the situation in which the children of Israel sinned in the wilderness and allowed their unbelief to turn their hearts against God. As a result, an entire generation was wiped out and did not enter the Promised Land. This tragedy is an object lesson for all of God's faithful elect to stay focused upon His Word and rule, and to encourage each other in their journey through life. This is why later on in the letter, the author emphasizes the need for continual fellowship so that no one strays from the truth of the faith and shows a demonstration of not just the  godly love towards each other, but is a visible testimony of the power of the Gospel in the eyes of the watching world (Hebrews 10:25; Acts 2:42; Romans 1:12; Philippians 2:17, 28; 1 John 1:7; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 10:17, 12:12; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 4:13; Revelation 21:1-7). As we continue in our study, we will examine the concept of rest in Chapter 4 as defined by the work of the High Priest of the Tabernacle and then, the Temple in light of the work of Christ and how His mission of redemption brought about the true meaning of rest for both Israel and those who would come to saving faith in Him. May the Lord be given all glory and praise as we examine His Word.

 

The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 4 : "The Blessed Promise of Rest"

It feels so good at the end of a long day to just sit down, rest, and allow yourself to be immersed in the goodness of God who desires to bless His children and care for them according to His will. In this chapter, the author presents God's power, His promise, and who serves as our Great High Priest. Here we find rest for our souls and victory over the cares of this world.

I. The Precious Promise of God (vv.1-11). This promise involves the rest that the LORD has prepared for His people.

A. Where does This Rest Originate?

     1. The Old Testament Place of rest was the Promised Land which Israel failed to enter due to unbelief.

     2. The New Testament Place of rest - the perfect will of the LORD available for all believers.

     3. Only those who believe can enter His place of rest (the gift of salvation)

B. Who Are the Witnesses of this Rest ? Both Moses and David spoke of this rest of God (vv. 4, 7)

C. What is the Prevailing Wisdom?

     1. When we are guided by godly fear, we are to do our utmost to enter into tis rest.

II. The Awesome Power of God (vv.12-13)

     A. What is the power of God? - His spoken and written Word. His Word is loving, active, and sharper than any double-edged sword.

      B. God's Word exposes all thoughts and desires and the fallen nature of men.

III. The Holy, Righteous Priest of God (vv.14-16) - This is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, tempted in all areas as we are, yet without sin. He knows what we go through and is ready to aid us anytime and anywhere, seated at the throne of grace. We can come to Him with any question, request, problem, or time of praise. 

Chapter 5 discusses the role that our Lord Jesus performs as High Priest. We will look at this next time. May He bless and protect you this day.

Who is Like Unto Thee, O Lord? You are the Creator and King of All