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A Sabbath-Rest for God's People
(Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 16:22-36)
1Let us fear therefore lest the promise being left of entering into his rest, any of you should be thought to be wanting.
2For unto us also it hath been declared, in like manner as unto them. But the word of hearing did not profit them, not being mixed with faith of those things they heard.
3For we, who have believed, shall enter into rest; as he said: As I have sworn in my wrath; If they shall enter into my rest; and this indeed when the works from the foundation of the world were finished.
4For in a certain place he spoke of the seventh day thus: And God rested the seventh day from all his works.
5And in this place again: If they shall enter into my rest.
6Seeing then it remaineth that some are to enter into it, and they, to whom it was first preached, did not enter because of unbelief:
7Again he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time, as it is above said: To day if you shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8For if Jesus had given them rest, he would never have afterwards spoken of another day.
9There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God.
10For he that is entered into his rest, the same also hath rested from his works, as God did from his.
11Let us hasten therefore to enter into that rest; lest any man fall into the same example of unbelief.
God's Word is Living and Active
12For the word of God is living and effectual, and more piercing than any two edged sword; and reaching unto the division of the soul and the spirit, of the joints also and the marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13Neither is there any creature invisible in his sight: but all things are naked and open to his eyes, to whom our speech is.
Jesus the Great High Priest
14Having therefore a great high priest that hath passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God: let us hold fast our confession.
15For we have not a high priest, who can not have compassion on our infirmities: but one tempted in all things like as we are, without sin.
16Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid.