“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)

“If You Hear His Voice” (Psalm 95: 6 – 7, NEB) by Carley Evans

“You know His power today if you listen to His voice,” writes the psalmist. As the lamb follows the shepherd, so “we are His people, we the flock He shepherds.” We come into God’s presence with “a joyful song” and “a shout of triumph.” (Psalm 95: 1) We “kneel before the Lord who made us; for He is our God.” We thank Him for “our salvation.”

We are not to “grow stubborn” or “test” God; we are not to allow our hearts to go astray. Instead, let us discern God’s ways. (Psalm 95: 8, 9, 10)

The author of Hebrews echoes this, “Today, if you hear His voice, do not grow stubborn as in those days of rebellion, at that time of testing in the desert, where your forefathers tried Me and tested Me, and saw the things I did for forty years. And so, I was indignant with that generation and I said, ‘Their hearts are for ever astray; they would not discern My ways; as I vowed in My anger, they shall never enter My rest.” (Hebrews 3: 7 – 11)

“A Sabbath rest still awaits” us — “the people of God.” When we enter God’s rest, we “rest from [our] own work as God did from His.” Don’t “follow the evil example of unbelief;” instead “make every effort to enter [God’s Sabbath] rest.” (Hebrews 4: 9, 10, 11)

Make this effort while today is still today; and His voice is still heard.