Summary of passage: God promises we will enter His rest if we have faith. God rested from all His work on the seventh day so there remains a Sabbath-rest for God’s people. Just as God rested from His work so can we. Let everyone make every effort to enter this rest.
God’s word is living and active; it penetrates us to our soul; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing is hidden from God’s sight and we must give account to Him for everything.
14) The promise God gives us of rest through faith (a spiritual rest) and the Sabbath-rest is rest from works as a basis for righteousness. Jesus’ death made us righteous with God. We no longer need to work to achieve it.
15a) By faith in God repeatedly. We must continually rely on God and trust in Him in order to continue to have rest in Him. Otherwise we may fall just as the Israelites did.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I would like to think so. As I get older, I get more and more grounded in my faith. I know in my heart I have faith in God and completely trust in Him; yet, at times I do get overwhelmed by circumstances and outwardly it can appear not so. But inwardly in my times of prayer, God knows even if I don’t. And that’s all that matters.
Conclusions: I like the faith aspect of the last two days. Yesterday pointed out how unbelief yields to punishment. Today pointed out how continual faith results in God’s gift of rest to us–the rewards of belief if you will. Great juxtaposition of consequences versus rewards.
Again, a reminder of what Jesus’ death did for us: made us righteous with God so we could rest without having to work for it.
Another great part of this lesson was verses 12 and 13 that BSF did not touch on, which emphasized the power of God’s word and His omniscience. Even when we are so low we can’t hear anything, God’s word is always with us to remind us of His greatness until we are ready again to hear Him. For God knows our hearts and what we are going through and is there even when we don’t see.
Another great lesson.