And then he attested its validity with the words, “This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God.” He did the same thing with the place of worship and its furniture. The invisible Jerusalem is populated by throngs of festive angels and Christian citizens. They won’t go to school to learn about me. This was the Holy Spirit’s way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can’t just walk in on God. 11-14 I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. 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. 18-21 Unlike your ancestors, you didn’t come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble—to hear God speak. And there it stays, gathering dust. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. . This is the word of God. 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. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. Aug 26, 1985. 8-10 Or look at it this way: We pay our tithes to priests who die, but Abraham paid tithes to a priest who, the Scripture says, “lives.” Ultimately you could even say that since Levi descended from Abraham, who paid tithes to Melchizedek, when we pay tithes to the priestly tribe of Levi they end up with Melchizedek. 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. 12-13 God means what he says. Hebrews 4:12 Message . Hide Verse Numbers 12 God means what he says. I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Published by permission. So let’s keep at it and eventually arrive at the place of rest, not drop out through some sort of disobedience. But they were after a far better country than that—heaven country. 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? 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 . Why, they’ve re-crucified Jesus! As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. 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! God himself is at rest. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren’t needed anymore, having served their purpose. 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. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. By that single offering, he did everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. 16-17 Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus’ death. But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin. 4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. He’s treating you as dear children. When he said, “You don’t want sacrifices and offerings,” he was referring to practices according to the old plan. The basic foundational truths are in place: turning your back on “salvation by self-help” and turning in trust toward God; baptismal instructions; laying on of hands; resurrection of the dead; eternal judgment. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Hebrews 4:12-13 the Power of God's Word . Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Hebrews 4:12-16 12 God means what he says. We don’t ask for anything in exchange for our FREE Children’s Sermons. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. Hebrews 4:12-16 Cut That Out! He met Abraham, who was returning from “the royal massacre,” and gave him his blessing. Commentary, Hebrews 4:12-16, Amy L.B. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. 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. While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree. After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law—God’s “will”—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. Dr. Mickey Anders. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Hebrews 4:12 12–13 God means what he says. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 7 By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. Fields like that are burned, not harvested. Scripture: Hebrews 4:14–16. Don’t drag your feet. 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. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. Hebrews 4:12. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. 12 God means what he says. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and take your Bible knowledge to a new level this year! 22 By an act of faith, Joseph, while dying, prophesied the exodus of Israel, and made arrangements for his own burial. In this way he is like the Son of God, one huge priestly presence dominating the landscape always. There is something sharp enough to penetrate through the deception and lies of the world. He knows perfectly well all the love you’ve shown him by helping needy Christians, and that you keep at it. These are his promises and warnings and they are sharp enough to penetrate to the deepest part of our hearts and our core. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. No more dragging your feet! 20-22 The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. 28-29 Do you see what we’ve got? 11-14 If the priesthood of Levi and Aaron, which provided the framework for the giving of the law, could really make people perfect, there wouldn’t have been need for a new priesthood like that of Melchizedek. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar. 24-28 By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. All rights reserved. 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. What he says goes. What he says goes. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. 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. John Piper Sep 8, 1996 350 Shares Sermon. 39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. An unshakable kingdom! 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. For God is not an indifferent bystander. 23-25 Earlier there were a lot of priests, for they died and had to be replaced. Hebrews 4:12 King James Version (KJV). The days are coming    when I’ll set up a new plan    for dealing with Israel and Judah.I’ll throw out the old plan    I set up with their ancestors    when I led them by the hand out of Egypt.They didn’t keep their part of the bargain,    so I looked away and let it go.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.I’ll be their God,    they’ll be my people.They won’t go to school to learn about me,    or buy a book called God in Five Easy Lessons.They’ll all get to know me firsthand,    the little and the big, the small and the great.They’ll get to know me by being kindly forgiven,    with the slate of their sins forever wiped clean. A new covenant. It wasn’t canceled at the time of Joshua; otherwise, God wouldn’t keep renewing the appointment for “today.” The promise of “arrival” and “rest” is still there for God’s people. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 in its broad context. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. God helping us, we’ll stay true to all that. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 in its broad context. 13-18 When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion. Remember that God said, Exasperated, I vowed,    “They’ll never get where they’re going,    never be able to sit down and rest.”. Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. 11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. Neither did Christ presume to set himself up as high priest, but was set apart by the One who said to him, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you!” In another place God declares, “You’re a priest forever in the royal order of Melchizedek.”. In acts of blessing, the lesser is blessed by the greater. 10 1-10 The old plan was only a hint of the good things in the new plan. They’ve repudiated him in public! It means we’d better get on with it. They didn’t keep their part of the bargain. 25-27 So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. 12 For 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. 6-13 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan. Or have you forgotten how good parents treat children, and that God regards you as his children? 20 By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. A large outer tent was set up. Since that old “law plan” wasn’t complete in itself, it couldn’t complete those who followed it. Heads up! People who live this way make it plain that they are looking for their true home. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. 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. Abraham in turn gave him a tenth of the spoils. 29 By an act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. 32-38 I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. They are created and put out there free for all to use with no strings attached. Take the mercy, accept the help. (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. In order to enter into that rest they must claim the promises of God which are found in His Word. The result? WHAT TO DO WITH GOD'S WORD! Take the mercy, accept the help. If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? 7 1-3 Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of the Highest God. "In a passage that sets a chilling warning immediately before a great comfort, it is God and the audience’s relationship with him that unites the disparate sections. Verse Concepts. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. It shows what we really want. A thistle or two gone to seed can ruin a whole garden in no time. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. It was then that God said, “Be careful to do it exactly as you saw it on the Mountain.”. Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong. Romans 1:16 tells us that The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all those who believe. 5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. 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. His family was saved. Thanksgiving in Suffering Celebration of Thanksgiving at Maranatha Hall. Study how he did it. What he says goes. 14-17 Work at getting along with each other and with God. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. 3:16-17, John 1:1,14, James 1:22-27 We live in a day of Data and Knowledge! Help each other out. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). 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.” Explanation and Commentary on Hebrews 4:22. Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them. 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. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. ◄ Hebrews 4:12 ► For the word of God is living and active. But not if we don’t have faith. Vincent's Word Studies. “Cut that out!” can be a stern word of judgment uttered by parents correcting rowdy children. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar. when I led them by the hand out of Egypt. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. Hebrews 4:12-13 “Indeed, the word [Logos] of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. God's message to us is alive and powerful. 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. Hebrews 4:12-13. And do you see how thankful we must be?