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Monday, February 27, 2017

HEBREWS 4:3-7




"For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He said,
'As I swore in My wrath,
They shall not enter My rest,'
Although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.
For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day:
'And God rested on the seventh day from all His works';
and again in this passage,
'They shall not enter My rest.'
Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it,
and those who formerly had good news preached to them
failed to enter because of disobedience,
He again fixes a certain day,
'Today,' saying through David
after so long a time as has been said before,
'Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.'"


You know who did enter His rest, and entered the Promise Land besides Joshua and Caleb? The children of those who died in the wilderness, the children of the ones who did not enter because of disobedience.  Hmm.  

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I didn't have much fear.  I loved roller coasters and have fond memories of hanging bridges.  It was so much fun to get out in the middle of it and make it swing!  Now, I would be the one white-knuckled gripping the rails.  Maybe that's why Jesus "called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 18:2-3) 


Believe and Enter!

From the beginning, after God made all that was made, after He declared that it was good,
"God rested on the seventh day."  It wasn't because He was tired.  It was because of His supreme joy to take time to relish all that was, even His delight in the sons of man.  We cannot enter His rest unless we are ready to enter into His Presence with total delight, with joy.  We have to leave our burdens behind.

I don't know if you noticed, but in these last couple of chapters, God repeats Himself.  Umm.  I think it's because God thinks it's important (and maybe because we are a little slow catching on).

And yeah, God repeats Himself too until we get it.

So, I counted in chapter 3 and up to this passage in chapter 4,
where He said, "They shall not enter My rest," 5 times.
You know how a truck goes "beep, beep, beep, beep, beep,"
when it's backing up?  Well, God is going,
"beep, beep, beep," when He is backing up
to repeat this warning to us.


You know, if you get out there in the middle and get scared,
it's just as easy to go forward as it is to turn around and go backward.



"Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it,
and those who formerly had good news preached to them
failed to enter because of disobedience."


We enter by faith,
faith, "the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."


Remember what God said to Joshua when His people were on the verge of entering the Promised Land?  "I will not fail you or forsake you.  Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.  Only be strong and very courageous...Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous!  Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go...(Then Joshua told them) Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, 'The Lord your God gives you rest and will give you this land." (Joshua 1)


"He again fixes a certain day, 'Today,'
saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before,
'Today if you hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.'"


Alrighty then.  Let's count how many times He has said "Today," in chapters 3 & 4: 5 times. 
I think it is very, very, very, very, very important to pay attention.


Don't miss the beauty God has for you!
Do not harden your hearts.








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