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Whitney Wright

Whitney Wright

What's up, I'm Whitney Wright! I have an amazing spiritual family that God uses to bless me every day. My hobbies include adding "urrr" to the end of words like Madea (e.g., "hellur" instead of "hello"), eating hummus like it's going out of style, and loving on my horse, LoverBoy. I'm a country gal at heart, but I'm enjoying the urban life for now. By the time you guys see this, I will have finished my first year at Southwestern Seminary, and I'm sure those of us in Texas will all be suffering together in the heat!

July 24, 2014

GOD IS NOT JOKING: HIS REST IS NO CASUAL COMMAND.

Hebrews 4
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Hebrews 4

4:1 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. [1] 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 [2] would not have spoken of another day later on. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God's rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. 12 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. 13 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

14 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. 15 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. 16 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. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:2 Some manuscripts it did not meet with faith in the hearers
[2] 4:8 Greek he

Comments

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  1. Sue Bohlin

    Jul 24, 2014 15:56

    Whitney, I appreciated the timely reminder about being intentional to REST, to cease from work and all else and just . . . be. Next week we will be on Alaskan cruise where I plan to spend a lot of time in a seat on the highest deck of the ship, looking out the window at God's gorgeous creation--and doing nothing else but resting. I was blessed by v. 15 today, especially when I paraphrased it by flipping it from the negative into positive: We have a high priest who can fully enter into what we feel in our infirmities and weaknesses, because He allowed Himself to be tested in them--and He passed WITH flying colors and WITHOUT falling from weakness into sin. Woo-hoo Jesus!!

  2. Joe

    Jul 24, 2014 10:17

    Thanks for the reminder to rest Whitney! That is a message I continually need to hear. Thank God that Jesus is our Sabbath rest in God! We don't have to work to please him because Jesus has accomplished our everything for us. We just need to believe it. It is a scary thought that those who hear the good news but don't believe it will have an eternity of fatigue and will never enter God's rest (Hebrews 3:18-19; 4:2-3a, 4:6-7).

  3. HopeH

    Jul 24, 2014 10:15

    As we have been reading Hebrews I have been thinking a lot about Jesus His deity, His humanity, and His role as our High Priest Hebrews 2:17 and 4:15. As I mentioned earlier this week; as a new believer I foolishly placed Jesus the human above Jesus the Son of God when it came to His being tempted. Correct me if I am wrong I think He was 100% God and 100% human (pretty much a mind blogging concept). Yet, He did not sin. This morning I went back and read Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13 recounting Jesus facing temptation. Several things have stood out to me throughout the course of the week. 1.) Jesus is part of the Holy triune Godhead and is awesome and to worshiped by me living a surrendered life. 2.) Through Jesus, God demonstrates compassion to all of humanity by sending Jesus to earth to die for our sins and offer us a way to be restored to right relationship with God. 3.) Jesus was human and like us needed food, security, protection, and significance . During His time in the wilderness satan appealed to real needs and doubts which are common to all humans. 4.) In His humanity Jesus withstood the very real temptations. He model two ways to withstand temptation by the power of the Holy Spirit and speaking Gods word to satan. "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it." 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV Interesting to note in Luke 4:13 as well that this was not the only time Jesus was tempted if your think about it he lived among us for three more years and undoubtedly face many other temptations. Yet with out sin. Sorry for the book today folks just had a lot on my mind this morning.

  4. Trey Collins

    Jul 24, 2014 09:11

    Whitney, encouragement towards rest is something I can latch on to!:) Excellent job, praying for you today!

  5. Hil Bowman

    Jul 24, 2014 08:20

    Whitney, thanks for sharing this morning. Chapter 4 shows how I can come home from a vacation tired because there was no true Sabbath rest only time away. I can also do a small act of service and be truly focused on God and rest in his presents and feel completely refreshed. Sabbath is great and I appreciate your devo today.

  6. Brad Keeling

    Jul 24, 2014 07:57

    Hellllurrrr Whitney! (I do that too, lol) Thanks for your take on this passage in Hebrews today! As I was reading in my Life Application Bible footnotes relating to this passage I must say that they take up more of the page than the passage itself, giving depth and weight to the importance of the Scripture itself and the seriousness of taking a day of rest. I find it hard sometimes to rest or I can fool myself into believing that I am resting when I'm not if that makes sense. Satan likes it when we are busy. The busier I am, the less time I have to meditate and fellowship with God, and I can be so busy "doing things for God" that I neglect the most important thing of all, my relationship with Him. And life gets uncomfortable and very stressful until I slow down and realize that is what I'm doing. What that usually looks like is that I'm miserable and completely exhausted mentally and physically and I get sick or something and HAVE to stop and sleep and actually it looks more like recovering than rest, and that is really no good either like that, its when God actually MAKES me stop. Then I realize I've been trying to do too much for too long. And by then I've started a whole bunch of things and completed few of them. On the other side of the coin, when I do rest the right way, I'm quiet except for maybe going to church that day, I get to plan the rest of the week and am more organized and its because I become more efficient and I am not burning up energy foolishly as I do when I'm trying to run the show by myself and in my own strength. And I've NOT been very good at it recently so this devotional is right on time! God's timing is always impeccable! Thanks so much for the reminder today! God bless!

  7. karen

    Jul 24, 2014 07:56

    Man! It is so hard to follow some of the scriptures living here where life goes at such a fast pace. The thought of rest is so appealing and yet so hard to do. How appropriate is this memory verse that shows us that God knows what we need -- the word of God is alive and active -- and judging the thoughts and intentions of the heart--- . He shows us just what we need to keep us being our best for him at all times.

  8. HH

    Jul 24, 2014 07:54

    What a reminder and further evidence how God our Father wants to protect us in every way. Personally, I can't help but come back to Romans 12:2 (patterns of this world)--go, go, go, more, more, more, me, me, me--when I read this today. STOP! Be Quiet! Recalibrate. Patch and heal the spiritual wounds of the week's warfare. ReCenter on Him and use this Rest to get my armor back in place before I re-enter the fray. Thanks for this reminder!

  9. karen

    Jul 24, 2014 07:53

    Man! It is so hard to follow some of the scriptures living here where life goes at such a fast pace. The thought of rest is so appealing and yet so hard to do. How appropriate is this memory verse that shows us that God knows what we need -- the word of God is alive and active -- and judging the thoughts and intentions of the heart---

  10. Hugh Stephenson

    Jul 24, 2014 07:48

    Whitney - your devo convicts me, even though I began taking the sabbath seriously a few months ago. I realize a big part of it was to rest so I can perform better on Monday-Friday. I look forward to digging in to the passages you suggest and to your questions.

  11. Shawn Foster

    Jul 24, 2014 07:42

    Great devo Whitney! Another way to hear it might be: "know the word=know Jesus=obey him=know peace/rest=approach with confidence, receive Mercy and Grace. May we do that! Thank you for the encouragement Whitney. Have a great day of worship everybody!

  12. Blake

    Jul 24, 2014 06:54

    Whitney, Thanks for the encouraging Word from God and your devo with it! I love how the author of Hebrews speaks with so much emphasis on rest and tying it into how God rested, his people in the old testament rested, and how we are supposed to take time out from our crazy lives to rest and feast on God and His word as well. Have a terrific Thursday! -Blake

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