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Hebrews 4 – Enter the Rest 希伯来书 4 – 进入安息

Friday, 7th January 2022

Rev Daniel Xi An Poon

Section One V1-10 To Have Faith 

V1 ‘Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.’ Only when we are willing to enter rest, then people can see God, not us. We must learn how to enter the rest, so we can experience God and our lives will be different. Being able to enter rest is a grace, it’s not up to us, it’s not because how good we are, but it’s because we are being retained to receive this rest. This is blessing and grace. We don’t work hard to enter the rest, it’s a blessing. But a lot of time, we are not willing to enter rest, we are not willing to experience God, we still rely on the world and rely on ourselves.

What is our attitude to face this promise of entering rest from God? We need to fear, to be convicted for sin, for righteousness, and for judgement. In rest, we receive teaching from God, then we can see the problems of our lives. Are we willing to let go of the works of our hand and seek God wholeheartedly? We need rest, because we are burdened and yoked. Are we willing to believe that we need to rest? It’s not easy to rest.

V2 ‘For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.’ When we enter rest, we are not taking a holiday, but to have more interactions with God, to listen to God and to read the Word of God. It’s harder and harder for us to read the Word of God. We said that we don’t understand the Word of God, but it’s because we don’t treasure the Word God reveals to us. He will unlock the mystery for us to understand.

If we fall asleep when we hear the Word of God, it means we are sleeping in our spirit. God’s Word is living, if we fell asleep this means our spirit is asleep. We need faith to believe that the Word of God is good for us, and when we share what we hear, then we will know if we’ve truly understand and emerge in the Word we hear. 

V3 ‘For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’” although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.’ When we enter rest, then we can be planted and rebuilt by God; it’s not us to build and plant our own field, only when we enter rest, then God can do His Work.

V10 ‘For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.’ God will rest from His Work on the seventh day so He can have connection with the people. Why did God spend all these days to create the Heaven and earth? So He can enter rest on the seventh day. The Holy Spirit will help us to unlock His Word. When we are willing to rest on the seventh day, like God did, then we can enjoy the fellowship with God.

God created day and night so we can work in the day time and rest at night. When it’s night time then we must sleep, but the world has tricked us, and makes us stay awake at night. A lot of Christians are weak because they don’t sleep at night, instead they sleep in the day time and stay awake at night. We do not take God’s rest seriously, and we don’t interact with God in our rest. The Jewish way to take the sabbath is to stay home and not do anything. To read and meditate on the Word of God. We must set a day apart for God, to have the true sabbath. God chose to connect with us first, then are we willing to connect with God?

Section Two V11-13 To Believe the Word of God

V11 ‘Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.’ We must work hard to enter rest, if we don’t enter rest then we are not being faithful and we will fail. Because we’re prideful and willful. When we enter rest, we must strive to enter, it’s not easy, because we must connect with God.

V12 ‘For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.’ The Word of God has life. It’s powerful and effective. It can enter our body, soul and spirit. It can even enter our bones! God’s Word is everywhere! But do we believe in it? What’s inside our heart can be revealed in the Word of God.

V13 ‘And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.’ Do we believe God’s Word can deal with the problems in our lives? Every created things are naked before God, He sees it all and He knows it all. Of course He can solve all our problems, but do we really believe in it? God is love, and when we have faith in the Word of God then we must have faith in the love of God.

V14-16 To Keep the Word of God

V14-15 ‘Seeing then that 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 cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.’ Jesus suffered for us because we are unwilling to enter rest. What is the sabbath? The Son of God is the Lord of sabbath. To observe sabbath is to be connected with Jesus.

V16 ‘Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.’ Be bold to come before the throne, do not think we don’t need it. Because our lives need God, not just talk about God but to experience God. Everyday we should receive the first love, if we are willing to enter rest. Let God give us listening ears, a teachable heart and willingness to follow Him into rest.

希伯来书 4 – 进入安息            

2022年1月7日 星期五

潘锡安牧师 

当我们明白福音的时候,身为蒙召的人,我们要进入安息。唯有愿意安息,神的能力才能彰显在我们身上,不然人看见的就只有我们。正如在RPG祷告中,神亲自用他的话与我们对话。唯有进入安息,我们才能经历神,生命变得不一样。

一、v.1-10 要有信心

V1 我们能够进入安息,不是我们自己能做得多好,而是得蒙“留下”,是一个从神而来的恩典。然而很多时候我们不愿意进入安息,反而还在doing的模式中,倚靠自己的力量,担心自己若不去做后果会不堪设想,其实我们不相信神。我们要用什么态度来面对能进入安息的应许?我们应当“畏惧”,就是畏罪畏义畏审判,所以不要轻看安息。每一次我们进入安息的时候,神就会在我们生命里为我们做更大的事;当我们不重视安息,不愿意放手的时候,我们就没有“畏惧”的态度。我们不是一个人进入安息,是我们与神一起进入安息,正如诗篇23篇所描述的画面那样,我们愿意在安息里面被神管教,就可以看到我们生命中的问题。我们是否愿意安静下来寻求神?我们需要安息,因为我们劳苦重担,我们不但没有努力向着标杆直跑,反而退后“赶不上了”。我们的努力若是在分辨善恶树上,就与神的国无关,因为那树上的果子是让我们死亡的。我们若不安息,我们就会死。我们是否相信我们在安息中,神会为我们处理一切事情?进入安息不是什么事情都不做的度假模式,而是将我们的时间完全奉献给神,更多有神的话、敬拜、与神互动,例如在星期天安息日的时候,我们将自己完全分别出来,如祭物献给神,再没有自己的工。

V2 “他们”就是那些“赶不上”的人,“所听见的道”就是神的话、妥拉。他们听了道却没有用。有些人没有高举神的话,只是高举神迹奇事,却忘了,圣灵来是让我们能与神的话连结,成为生命树。正如保罗说过,纵使我们能说天使的话,若没有爱,我们只像一个会发声的锣一样没有用。我们读圣经,是否能谦卑去领受神显明给我们看得懂的部分,昼夜思想?我们若陷在看不懂的地方打转,到处上网查看那些自己觉得“隐秘的”话语,就忘了申命记29:29的教导。神在晨祷和主日讲道当中会为我们解开他话语的奥秘,如果我们在听道的时候打瞌睡,说明我们的灵是昏睡的,求神帮助我们警醒。方言祷告可以帮助我们灵里活泼起来,我们的灵若是昏睡的,神的话就不会进入在我们生命中 。“调和”就是“混在一起”,仿佛油漆工将颜料和油漆混合好使油漆有颜色。当我们“有信心与所听见的道调和”,所听见的道才对我们“有益”。当我们听完讲道或是RPG祷告后分享不出当下领受的启示,就不是领受神新鲜的道,我们的生命就没有与神给我们的道调和了。

V3 相信神所说的话的人就得以进入安息,能被神修理、重建。在安息中,神会亲自耕种我们里面的良田,重建我们的荒凉之地。我们要让神在我们里面做工。”造物之工,从创世以来已经成全了”, 神命定第七天要安息,我们就要放下手上的工,进入神的同在、神的话语。

V4-6 不信不跟从的人就不能进入安息,我们相信吗,跟从吗?

V7 “你们今日若听他的话,就不可硬着心。”

V10 神歇了他的工,在第七天不再创造,而是与人连结。神花几天的时间创造世界万物,这些就足够了,然后创造人,最后在第七天就能与人连结。人受造后在伊甸园里要看守园子,是很忙碌的,所以神说在第七天要放下。神若不停下创造之工,他所创造的就是枉然,因为他已经创造了人,神所要做的就交托给人,在第七天神和人就能享受fellowship连结的时刻。我们一周工作六天,是否觉得很累,然后想在第七天“休息”?神让我们白天工作,晚上休息,我们是否没有用晚上的时间好好休息,反而追剧、上网,以致第七天的时候疲累?我们不要偷窃神的安息日,在主日的时候,我们是否愿意放下手上的东西与神连结?安息日不是让我们睡觉的。或许我们在星期天需要上班,无法安息,但我们要找一天分别为圣给神。神先主动歇了他的工,与我们连结,我们是否骄傲不接受?

二、v.11-13 要相信神的道

V11 不进入安息,我们就是不信从的人,会跌倒。不信从就是骄傲。我们进入安息,是要“竭力”、努力、奋力的,所以不是什么都不做。当我们的手不做事的时候,我们的头脑可能思想或计划很多自己的事情。进入安息,是需要有神的话,我们才能与神连结。

V12 “道”就是话,神的话是活的,是有能力的。希伯来书的时代,希腊文化的二元论影响广大,很多人相信基督能救人灵魂,却对身体没有用。但圣经这里说,神的话能进入我们的灵魂体,“甚至魂与灵、骨节与骨髓,都能刺入、剖开”。很多时候我们听完讲道会觉得牧师在讲台上故意讲我们的事情批评我们,但我们忘了,神的道“连心中的思念和主意都能辨明”。

V13 我们要相信神的话可以医治、处理我们里面的问题。“原来万物在那与我们有关系的主眼前,都是赤露敞开的”- 神创造亚当夏娃的时候,他没有给他们衣服穿,因为受造物不管穿多少衣服,神都看得到我们。亚当夏娃以为用叶子可以遮盖自己,躲在山洞里神就看不见他们,最后神亲自用羔羊的皮给他们穿,因为唯有羔羊的血才能遮盖我们的罪。

三、v.14-16 要持定神的道

V14 “持定所承认的道”就是要抓住、宣告神的话语。我们不爱神,是神先爱我们的。

V15 基督知道我们会软弱,不愿意守安息日。当年法利赛人指控耶稣的门徒在安息日掐田里的麦穗吃,耶稣就回答说“人子是安息日的主”,那些门徒放下手上的工,单单与主连结,就进入安息。

V16 不要再自己筋疲力尽、劳苦重担,而是“坦然无惧”来到神面前,让神来做工,因他是我们“随时的帮助”。

我们不仅起初经历神的爱,让我们现在的生命仍然能经历神。让我们有柔软的心、受教的耳,进入神的安息。