“The Sabbath Rest” ( Hebrews 4: 10, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

God’s works, writes the author of Hebrews, “have been finished since the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:3) God finished all His works on the seventh day, at which time He entered His rest. We, as God’s people, enter that same rest from works when we “hear His voice” and choose “not to harden [our] hearts” in disobedience. When we hear God’s voice, we choose to leave behind our self-efforts, our self-righteousness and obey the call to enter a Sabbath rest. “Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.” (Hebrews 4:16) We are able to approach God’s throne boldly because our “great high priest” — even Jesus Christ the Son of God — is able “to sympathize with our weaknesses.” He “has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14,15) “He [like every high priest taken from men] is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray, since He is also subject to weakness.” (Hebrews 5:2,1,5) “He learned obedience through what He suffered” and “after He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him.” (Hebrews 5:8-9)

“Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” (Hebrews 4:7)