- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Hebrew 4
A Sabbath rest for the people of God.
The writer of the Hebrews introduced Sabbath rest to exhort Christian not to fall into sin of rebellion.
God promised Sabbath rest, as God rested on the seventh day during creation. The people of Israel received the promise of the rest but they did not fully enter into the rest because they disobeyed God with hard heartened. “They shall never enter my rest.” (3).
So, there remains a rest for Christians to be entered into, who have believed Jesus.
“Let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it,” (v1) is a warning to those who are disobedient. Therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, Sabbath rest in the world, and eternal rest that God promised.
The theme of Jesus our high priest is resumed(v14-16). Jesus is our high priest who has divine appointment and ability to sympathize with our weakness, who is without sin but was tempted for us. Therefore, by his grace, we receive mercy.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.