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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Hebrews Chapter 4

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Unknown (Paul Assumed)
Date Penned: (70 AD)
Overview: Instructions for Understanding for Hebrew Christians (c 1-13)
Theme:The Superiority of Christ (c 1-10)
Message: Christ is Greater than the Old Testament Priesthood (v 1-16)

Hebrews 4 Commentary

(4:1-13) Promised Rest for God's People - The end of chapter 3 explains that the Israelites who rebelled against God never entered “his rest” (referring to the Promised Land in 3:18-19). Having shown that Jesus is superior to the great leader Moses, the author turned to another great Israelite leader, Joshua. God’s servant Joshua led Israel into the Promised Land, yet he did not provide God’s true “rest” (see 4:8). One greater than Joshua accomplished that.

(4:14-16) Jesus Christ is Our High Priest  - These verses logically follow from 2:17–3:1. The intervening section explains how Jesus is greater than Moses and Joshua, two of Israel’s greatest leaders. Jesus is greater than the law Moses gave; he gives a rest greater than Joshua gave in conquering the Promised Land. The writer moved on to show how Jesus is also greater than anyone in the Jewish priesthood, another important part of the Jewish heritage. Our merciful and faithful High Priest, Jesus, became like us in order to die for us, offering the once-and-for-all sacrifice for sin.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Our High Priest

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord.Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of  Hebrews with Chapter 4 and in our text we see a rest for God's People, that His Word is like a sword, and that Jesus-Christ is our High Priest. In making application we see that we have High Priest in Jesus-Christ that has experienced every temptation as we do but has did not sin. How about you? Are you facing temptation? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of the author of Hebrews that in Jesus-Christ we have a High Priest which we can come humbly but boldly to His throne in our time of temptation or need.


Hebrews 4

Hebrews 4

 1Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

 2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.

 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

 5And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

 6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

 8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.