Entering God’s Rest: Hebrews 4:1–13

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3) Heb 4:1–13: This passage provides a stunning example of repetition yielding thematic unity. By repeating the word “rest” with slight alterations, the author of Hebrews emphasized the importance of entry into God’s rest.[1]

These two paragraphs occur after a description of the Israelites in Moses’s day. They had failed to enter the promised land due to their unbelief that God would safely lead them there (Num 14:28–35).

The Lord prepared his place of eternal “rest” on the seventh day of creation (Gen 2:2).[2]

Those who received the book of Hebrews suffered from persecution (Heb 13:3, 13). Therefore, knowledge of God’s place of rest gave them the hope they needed to endure.[3]

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Read Heb 4:1–13. What promise still stands?  Why did the promise given to those who were delivered from Egypt do them no good? How can you avoid their fate?




Go to Obtaining Eternal Redemption (Heb 9:11–14)

[Related posts include God Completes the Heavens and the Earth (Gen 2:1–2); The Lord Blesses the Seventh Day (Gen 2:3); and Lord of the Sabbath (Matt 12:1–8)]

[Click here to go to Chapter 4: The Sabbath Rest of God (Genesis 2:1–3)]


[1]David A. deSilva, Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle “to the Hebrews” (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000), 153.

[2]Gareth L. Cockerill, The Epistle to the Hebrews (NICNT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012), 197.

[3] Paul Ellingworth, The Epistle to the Hebrews: A Commentary on the Greek Text (NIGTC; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993), 245.