Bible Study Lesson – January 2, 2018 ~ 7:30 pm
Lesson 5: God’s Rest (Hebrews 4:1-2)
- Summarize Hebrews 3 in a few sentences. How does it connect to Hebrews 4:1-16?
- What does it mean for us to “enter his rest” (4:1a)? What is God’s rest?
- What are we to fear? What is the result of us not fearing (4:1b)?
- What is the good news? To whom else did the good news come? (See Hebrews 4:2a, Psalm 95:7-11, and Exodus 32). What light does Hebrews 1:1-2 shed on 4:2a?
- Why did the message not benefit those who previously heard the good news (4:2)?
- How can God’s followers be united (4:2b)? How can we strive toward entering God’s rest together?
Lesson 6: Resting In Who God Is (Hebrews 4:3-10)
- The author quotes Psalm 95:11 in 4:3a. Why do some people not enter God’s rest? (See 4:6)
- How do God’s works, which have been “finished from the foundation of the world” (4:3b), connect to our rest in Him? (See 4:4, which is a quote from Genesis 2:2)
- The author quotes Psalm 95:11 again in 4:5 to emphasize his point. Why does God appoint “a certain day” for the Hebrews roaming in the wilderness to “hear his voice” (4:7a)? Are we also given a certain day to “hear his voice,” and what day are we given? (See Psalm 95:7-8, which is quoted in 4:7b)
- In 4:8, the author presents a theoretical situation – Joshua, Moses’ predecessor as leader of Israel, giving rest to the Hebrews roaming in the wilderness. What is the author’s conclusion about this theoretical situation?
- Is the Sabbath rest (resting on the seventh day, after laboring six days) the only kind of rest the author is speaking about, or is there another kind of rest in view here (4:9-10)?
- How can we too enter God’s rest? Would God have us rest more? What is the larger spiritual implication of resting in who God is and what Christ has done?