Women received their loved ones back from the dead. Read More of Hebrews 4. 39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. The Message (MSG) Bible Book List. We wouldn’t need him since there are plenty of priests who offer the gifts designated in the law. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12-16 falls into two parts. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin. Cancel. Hebrews 4 A Rest for the People of God. You were sure of yourselves then. And why? 13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. This hope sheds LIGHT on our thoughts and intentions. Play! What he says goes. 8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? 4-7 You realize just how great Melchizedek is when you see that Father Abraham gave him a tenth of the captured treasure. Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. He admonishes all of his congregation, "let us fear" with a Godly fear to enter into God's rest. He is burdened for the spiritual well-being of his church. You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. 8 1-2 In essence, we have just such a high priest: authoritative right alongside God, conducting worship in the one true sanctuary built by God. Hebrews 4-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Believer’s Rest. Exposition of Hebrews Sunday - PM Texas Corners Bible Church. My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,    but don’t be crushed by it either.It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;    the child he embraces, he also corrects. 20-22 The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. Hebrews 4:12 In addition to “sword,” the word in Greek was used for the knife used by the priests to slit the throats of the sacrificial lambs and for the knife (scalpel) used by a surgeon. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. 1936) recounts: The Roman infantry used the machaira as its main battle sword. Amen" "God is so amazing this was our message this morning and now here it is again on FB the very same day. Font Size. No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Hebrews 4:12 “soul and spirit” used here to emphasize the whole person, not two separate entities as in other passages. Hebrews (Hebrews 4:12) ... (Hebrews 4:12 MSG).” Calvin Miller (b. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 4:12 For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the joints and arrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. These priests provide only a hint of what goes on in the true sanctuary of heaven, which Moses caught a glimpse of as he was about to set up the tent-shrine. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. This was called “the Holy Place.” Then a curtain was stretched, and behind it a smaller, inside tent set up. That’s impossible. Share Tweet Read Hebrews 4:12 in another translation. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. What he says goes. 31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God. Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God’s “Well done!” But if it produces weeds and thistles, it’s more likely to get cussed out. But this man, a complete outsider, collected tithes from Abraham and blessed him, the one to whom the promises had been given. (Hebrews 4:12) There are many Bibles on the market today. The author of the book of Hebrews has a pastor's heart. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the NEW NIV Study Bible Notes, Fully Revised Edition. Jul 27, 2018 - This Pin was discovered by Tsonngoe Mpota. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. So don’t throw it all away now. Hebrews 4:12. Hebrews 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, even penetrating as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to [ a]judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 1 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God's goal for us, we need to be careful that we're not disqualified. Salem Media Group. This was called “the Holy of Holies.” In it were placed the gold incense altar and the gold-covered ark of the covenant containing the gold urn of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, the covenant tablets, and the angel-wing-shadowed mercy seat. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. 12For the word of God is alive and active.Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. . Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God. 4 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. Hebrews 4-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Believer’s Rest. Why is the Bible often referred to as the word of God? Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Hebrews 4:12-13-14-16 MSG God means what he says. How did they do it? Hebrews 4:12-13 the Power of God's Word . For Christ didn’t enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. He met Abraham, who was returning from “the royal massacre,” and gave him his blessing. Coincidence I think not." And that's what our text is about in Hebrews 4:12. 30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. 4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! When they heard the words—“If an animal touches the Mountain, it’s as good as dead”—they were afraid to move. 7 1-3 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness.” “Salem” means “Peace.” So, he is also “King of Peace.” Melchizedek towers out of the past—without record of family ties, no account of beginning or end. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. What he says goes. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? A new covenant. . the little and the big, the small and the great. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. 7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. He is living, active, and moving. There is no way of understanding this in terms of the old Levitical priesthood, which is why there is nothing in Jesus’ family tree connecting him with that priestly line. Those were the hard times! Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). This trouble you’re in isn’t punishment; it’s. After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law—God’s “will”—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. If they had, the worshipers would have gone merrily on their way, no longer dragged down by their sins. But there’s so much more. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise: God gave his word;    he won’t take it back:“You’re the permanent priest.”. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God. They’ve repudiated him in public! Spong Vs Spong Part 4 Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jun 29, 2020 | 258 views. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter, can’t assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. The Holy Spirit confirms this: This new plan I’m making with Israel    isn’t going to be written on paper,    isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;This time “I’m writing out the plan in them,    carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. Discover (and save!) 22-25 So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar. 9-12 I’m sure that won’t happen to you, friends. God doesn’t miss anything. The lampstand, the table, and “the bread of presence” were placed in it. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. The statement in Hebrews 4:7, Hebrews 4:8, is to be regarded as an "interruption" in stating the conclusion, or as the suggestion of a new thought or a new argument bearing on the subject, which he sets down even while stating the conclusion from his argument. Another way—Jesus!—a way that does work, that brings us right into the presence of God, is put in its place. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. It has the appearance of being "suggested" to him as a new thought of importance, and which he preferred to place even in the midst … And now I want each of you to extend that same intensity toward a full-bodied hope, and keep at it till the finish. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. By coming up with a new plan, a new covenant between God and his people, God put the old plan on the shelf. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. Hebrews 4:12-16 falls into two parts. 8-10 Or look at it this way: We pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the Scripture says, “lives.” Ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek, when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed,    “They’ll never get where they’re going,    never be able to sit down and rest.”. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. We can't get away from it - no matter what. His family was saved. I have better things in mind for you—salvation things! An unshakable kingdom! It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;    he’ll show up most any minute.But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;    if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. All rights reserved. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Hebrews 1:1-4 Exposition of Hebrews Texas Corners Bible Church. There is something sharp enough to penetrate through the deception and lies of the world. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They must hear the word and believe in it. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. Abortion will not create a wonderful future for me. He doesn’t do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. of Because he honored God, God answered him. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. Hebrews 4:12 MSG. The days are coming    when I’ll set up a new plan    for dealing with Israel and Judah.I’ll throw out the old plan    I set up with their ancestors    when I led them by the hand out of Egypt.They didn’t keep their part of the bargain,    so I looked away and let it go.This new plan I’m making with Israel    isn’t going to be written on paper,    isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;This time I’m writing out the plan in them,    carving it on the lining of their hearts.I’ll be their God,    they’ll be my people.They won’t go to school to learn about me,    or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.They’ll all get to know me firsthand,    the little and the big, the small and the great.They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,    with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. | MP3 | RSS: Text-Featuring a sermon is a less expensive way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands on the right bar with optional newsletter inclusion. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn't do them a bit of good because they didn't receive the promises with faith. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. 12-13 God means what he says. For the word of God is alive and active. But we know the first was found wanting, because God said. When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. In order to enter into that rest they must claim the promises of God which are found in His Word. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. But we don’t have time to comment on these now. While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. 23 By an act of faith, Moses’ parents hid him away for three months after his birth. Hebrews 4:12-16 Exposition of Hebrews Sunday - PM Texas Corners Bible Church. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. Are all of them holy? You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. The Word of God is our only hope. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. But we’re not quitters who lose out. All rights reserved. Grow up in Christ. 4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Don’t drag your feet. Strip down, start running—and never quit! 14-17 Work at getting along with each other and with God. I don't think so. 26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! 10 1-10 The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. Let’s get on with it! If he were limited to earth, he wouldn’t even be a priest. Hebrews 4:12 Message . If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. New International Version Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. when I led them by the hand out of Egypt. 13-18 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up his permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. They won’t go to school to learn about me. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. And do you see how thankful we must be? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. God means what he says. But since it didn’t get the job done, there was a change of priesthood, which brought with it a radical new kind of law. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. 18-22 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. 26-28 So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or … 11-12 By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. 32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. 4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. 4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. That needed to be diligent to enter into God ’ s decree point to the realities of heaven me. T punishment ; it ’ s rest a Godly fear to enter into God ’ s blind rage enter God. That accounts for the word of God, one huge priestly presence the. 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