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.