The Book of Hebrews: 4:4-7 (NLT)
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The Book of Hebrews (NLT): This Book argues for the superiority of Jesus Christ over the Jewish law and traditions, showing that He is the ultimate high priest and the perfect sacrifice for sin. The author emphasizes the need for perseverance in faith, warning against falling away from the truth and encouraging the readers to hold fast to their faith in Christ. The Book of Hebrews is located in the New Testament containing 13 chapters and a total of 303 verses.
Author: Attributed to the apostle Paul, but its true author is anonymous.
Theme: The superiority of Jesus Christ as the ultimate revelation of God and the fulfillment of the Old Testament law and prophecies. The new covenant that Jesus brought is superior to the old covenant under the law and faith is superior.
Timeline: Believed to have been written between AD 60 and AD 70 before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.
Structure: A New Testament letter written to Jewish Christians.
Recipients: Jewish Christians.
Importance: The book of Hebrews is considered authoritative scripture and provides important teachings on the person and work of Jesus Christ, as well as the superiority of faith and the new covenant over the old covenant. It is also considered profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness, as stated in 2nd Timothy 4:16.
Although the Israelites were fearful, they could have chosen to be obedient and move forward with the plan to enter into the “promised land.” However, they chose not to go in and were so adamant about their decision that they wanted to replace Moses with a new leader.
Have there been times when you have been fearful, but you chose to obey God anyway? What made you make the right decision? Maybe you were afraid to share your faith because you thought you would be criticized or made fun of by others, but you did it anyway. Fear is something we will always face, but we can still do the right things even if we feel afraid. Knowing that our God loves us so much and He wants us to be obedient even though we feel afraid is part of life. That’s why we walk by faith and not by sight. It’s easy to serve God when things are great, but when things aren’t can we still be obedient?
God is showing the Jewish people that He is giving them another chance to enter into His rest. The Israelites of old disobeyed when they had the chance to enter into His rest (promised land) because they did not believe that He would deliver the land into their hands. Now, God is extending the opportunity to enter into His rest once again through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ our Savior. God completed His work in Genesis and rested on the seventh day. He rested, not because He was tired, but because he had finished His work.
When Jesus went to the cross, He cried aloud and said “it is finished” (John 19:30). Jesus had finished His work on earth and He fulfilled the redemption plan for mankind. Not only Jews, but all people could now enter into His rest and be redeemed from sin and have eternal life through Jesus Christ. As the scriptures says, today is the day, don’t harden your heart to His calling. He wants you to become His child today, so don’t hesitate if you have not made that decision.
Dear God, on this Valentine's day, remind me that Your love for me is unconditional and eternal. Even in my loneliest, saddest, and most discouraging moments, Your unwavering love remains. I trust that You have great plans for me this year, and I thank You for never giving up on me, despite my mistakes and shortcomings. Your love gives me hope, and I thank You in Jesus name. Amen.
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