18-22 Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion. His voice that time shook the earth to its foundations; this time—he’s told us this quite plainly—he’ll also rock the heavens: “One last shaking, from top to bottom, stem to stern.” The phrase “one last shaking” means a thorough housecleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. The author of Hebrews in chapters three and four has been admonishing his readers to be diligent to enter into God's rest. A new covenant. 4:12, 2 Tim. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed,    “They’ll never get where they’re going,    never be able to sit down and rest.”. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter, can’t assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. He’s treating you as dear children. What he says goes. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. But we don’t have time to comment on these now. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. Don’t drag your feet. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions. Psalm 119,Heb. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. Hebrews 4:12-13 MSG God means what he says. God himself is at rest. These priests provide only a hint of what goes on in the true sanctuary of heaven, which Moses caught a glimpse of as he was about to set up the tent-shrine. 12-13 God means what he says. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. How did they do it? Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. For God is not an indifferent bystander. 8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. In the midst of adversity, believers are to fix their eyes on Jesus, live by faith, and run the race that is marked out for them. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. carving it on the lining of their hearts. He, … This hope sheds LIGHT on our thoughts and intentions. The Word of God is always an issue in our lives. Make sure no one gets left out of God’s generosity. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. 4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. 12-13 So don’t sit around on your hands! A large outer tent was set up. Grow up in Christ. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. What he says goes. Dan. The murder of Jesus, unlike Abel’s—a homicide that cried out for vengeance—became a proclamation of grace. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. Thanksgiving in Suffering Celebration of Thanksgiving at Maranatha Hall. Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. This is the word of God. Take the mercy, accept the help. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac.” Abraham figured that if God wanted to, he could raise the dead. 30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. If the first plan—the old covenant—had worked out, a second wouldn’t have been needed. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Verse Concepts. There is something sharp enough to penetrate through the deception and lies of the world. God keeps renewing the promise and setting the date as today, just as he did in David’s psalm, centuries later than the original invitation: Today, please listen,    don’t turn a deaf ear . I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. 26-28 So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. No matter how many sacrifices were offered year after year, they never added up to a complete solution. Salem Media Group. We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way. Help each other out. Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God, When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). He’s there from now to eternity to save everyone who comes to God through him, always on the job to speak up for them. 32-39 Remember those early days after you first saw the light? 23-26 That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. The Holy Spirit confirms this: This new plan I’m making with Israel    isn’t going to be written on paper,    isn’t going to be chiseled in stone;This time “I’m writing out the plan in them,    carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. He brought together God and his people in this new way. 4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. of The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. Hebrews 4:12-16 Amplified Bible (AMP) 12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness.” “Salem” means “Peace.” So, he is also “King of Peace.” Melchizedek towers out of the past—without record of family ties, no account of beginning or end. . 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? 3-5 The assigned task of a high priest is to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and it’s no different with the priesthood of Jesus. Those were the hard times! He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. Parched ground that soaks up the rain and then produces an abundance of carrots and corn for its gardener gets God’s “Well done!” But if it produces weeds and thistles, it’s more likely to get cussed out. It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;    he’ll show up most any minute.But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;    if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. 9 1-5 That first plan contained directions for worship, and a specially designed place of worship. When he left he had no idea where he was going. Hebrews 4:12. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. John Piper Sep 8, 1996 350 Shares Sermon. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. What he says goes. 18-20 We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Even Moses was terrified. This was called “the Holy Place.” Then a curtain was stretched, and behind it a smaller, inside tent set up. We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. Strip down, start running—and never quit! All rights reserved. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. He is living, active, and moving. 6-13 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan. We don’t ask for anything in exchange for our FREE Children’s Sermons. This message speaks of what to DO with God's Word! That’s impossible. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Nov 18, 1990. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. Because he honored God, God answered him. They must hear the word and believe in it. STAY UNDER THE KNIFE HEBREWS 4:12-13 (The Message) God means what he says. Hebrews 4:12-16 Cut That Out! Keep a sharp eye out for weeds of bitter discontent. Vincent's Word Studies. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? For Christ didn’t enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. He’s treating you as dear children. They’ve repudiated him in public! If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. 7 1-3 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. 20-22 The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. 26-31 If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment—and a mighty fierce judgment it will be! 8 1-2 In essence, we have just such a high priest: authoritative right alongside God, conducting worship in the one true sanctuary built by God. John Piper Aug 26, 1985 5 Shares Sermon. Be like those who stay the course with committed faith and then get everything promised to them. He always keeps his word. In order to enter into that rest they must claim the promises of God which are found in His Word. the little and the big, the small and the great. 4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours. His family was saved. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. In his message just before being stoned to death, Stephen, a man filled with the Spirit (Acts 6:5, 8, 7:55) ... Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—, carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. No more dragging your feet! He doesn’t do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,    but don’t be crushed by it either.It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;    the child he embraces, he also corrects. 32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. Peeler, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2015. And do you see how thankful we must be? 4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. 6-10 After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. It is like a sword that has two sharp edges. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Priests descended from Levi are commanded by law to collect tithes from the people, even though they are all more or less equals, priests and people, having a common father in Abraham. This is the GOOD NEWS. 7 By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He met Abraham, who was returning from “the royal massacre,” and gave him his blessing. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. "A.I." 12 God means what he says. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! 31 By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God. 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