Hebrews 4:9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account 14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
I made some new connections within this amazing passage from Hebrews 4. It happened during our group study this morning around our kitchen table. These connections revolve around rest, being a living sacrifice and the compassionate high priesthood of Jesus.
I believe that the primary word picture in this passage is that Jesus is the high priest who wields a sharp knife ... the living and energetic word of God ... to lay open a sacrifice on an altar to expose what lies deep on the inside of it. That sacrifice is us as believers ... Romans 12 says that we are living sacrifices to God. It's like a surgery that helps deactivate the tendency we have to rely on our own strength (soul) and works to please or perform for God ... the opposite of resting and trusting (spirit) in Who Jesus is to us and What he has done for us. It could be very scary to be laid bare and have our deepest thoughts and intentions exposed to God and ourselves. However, the passage then immediately emphasizes the sympathy that Jesus has for us in our weaknesses, temptations and neediness. We end up being invited to come confidently to the throne of God ... that is dispensing grace, mercy and divine help rather than condemnation and judgment.
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