21st Sunday After Pentecost – Epistle: Hebrews 4:1-16

Sunday October 21st, 2012

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of
you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to
them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not
united by faith with those who listened.

For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my
wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'” although his works were finished from the
foundation of the world. For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this
way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.”

And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.”
Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly
received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he appoints a
certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already
quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken of another day
later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever
has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same
sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of
marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is
hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we
must give account.

Jesus the Great High Priest
Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus,
the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has
been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to
the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of
need.

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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