He’s treating you as dear children. We can’t get away from it—no matter what. Take the mercy, accept the help. 4-7 You realize just how great Melchizedek is when you see that Father Abraham gave him a tenth of the captured treasure. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Explanation and Commentary on Hebrews 4:22. 6-13 But Jesus’ priestly work far surpasses what these other priests do, since he’s working from a far better plan. As a priest, Christ made a single sacrifice for sins, and that was it! . In the midst of adversity, believers are to fix their eyes on Jesus, live by faith, and run the race that is marked out for them. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline. Thanksgiving in Suffering Celebration of Thanksgiving at Maranatha Hall. 12 1-3 Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? 5-6 By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. Clear the path for long-distance runners so no one will trip and fall, so no one will step in a hole and sprain an ankle. 4 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. Hebrews 4:13 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ◄ Hebrews 4:12 ► For the word of God is living and active. Nov 18, 1990. Help each other out. 4-6 No one elects himself to this honored position. 4-11 In this all-out match against sin, others have suffered far worse than you, to say nothing of what Jesus went through—all that bloodshed! When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. You were sure of yourselves then. That is what is meant by this prophecy, put in the mouth of Christ: You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year;    you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice.It’s not fragrance and smoke from the altar    that whet your appetite.So I said, “I’m here to do it your way, O God,    the way it’s described in your Book.”. 11-15 But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. God's message shows what we are really thinking. They saw the child’s beauty, and they braved the king’s decree. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. 3 By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. What he says goes. By an act of faith, he kept the Passover Feast and sprinkled Passover blood on each house so that the destroyer of the firstborn wouldn’t touch them. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. 3-5 The assigned task of a high priest is to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and it’s no different with the priesthood of Jesus. Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. But instead of removing awareness of sin, when those animal sacrifices were repeated over and over they actually heightened awareness and guilt. Somewhere it’s written, “God rested the seventh day, having completed his work,” but in this other text he says, “They’ll never be able to sit down and rest.” So this promise has not yet been fulfilled. It’s the child he loves that he disciplines; God is educating you; that’s why you must never drop out. God himself is Fire! What he says goes. So don’t feel sorry for yourselves. Hide Verse Numbers 12 God means what he says. He’s called to it by God, as Aaron was. There is no way of understanding this in terms of the old Levitical priesthood, which is why there is nothing in Jesus’ family tree connecting him with that priestly line. He is the Mediator of this covenant. How did they do it? After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law—God’s “will”—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. You don’t want sacrifices and offerings year after year; you’ve prepared a body for me for a sacrifice. He brought together God and his people in this new way. My dear child, don’t shrug off God’s discipline,    but don’t be crushed by it either.It’s the child he loves that he disciplines;    the child he embraces, he also corrects. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. In acts of blessing, the lesser is blessed by the greater. If they were homesick for the old country, they could have gone back any time they wanted. But we don’t have time to comment on these now. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way. 25-27 So don’t turn a deaf ear to these gracious words. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going. Only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Verse Concepts. You’ve come to Jesus, who presents us with a new covenant, a fresh charter from God. 1-3 For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. 12 God means what he says. Study how he did it. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching. 13-16 Each one of these people of faith died not yet having in hand what was promised, but still believing. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 in its broad context. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. He’s treating you as dear children. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise: God gave his word;    he won’t take it back:“You’re the permanent priest.”. It is the city where God is Judge, with judgments that make us just. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. You can see why God is so proud of them, and has a City waiting for them. 26-28 So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. 11-14 I have a lot more to say about this, but it is hard to get it across to you since you’ve picked up this bad habit of not listening. Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. STAY UNDER THE KNIFE HEBREWS 4:12-13 (The Message) God means what he says. It’s essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made. What he says goes. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. If the penalty for breaking the law of Moses is physical death, what do you think will happen if you turn on God’s Son, spit on the sacrifice that made you whole, and insult this most gracious Spirit? When they heard the words—“If an animal touches the Mountain, it’s as good as dead”—they were afraid to move. You’ve come to Mount Zion, the city where the living God resides. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. The author of Hebrews in chapters three and four has been admonishing his readers to be diligent to enter into God's rest. Another way—Jesus!—a way that does work, that brings us right into the presence of God, is put in its place. He was quite explicit: “Vengeance is mine, and I won’t overlook a thing” and “God will judge his people.” Nobody’s getting by with anything, believe me. The Word is a mysterious and powerful force. The result? Scripture: Hebrews 4:14–16. Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. Hebrews 4:12, KJV: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 17-19 By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people’s accumulated sins. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. . This message speaks of what to DO with God's Word! (, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. But Jesus’ priesthood is permanent. 11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. I’ll forever wipe the slate clean of their sins. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. When he left he had no idea where he was going. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren’t needed anymore, having served their purpose. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. 3-7 God made that vow, even though he’d finished his part before the foundation of the world. The earsplitting words and soul-shaking message terrified them and they begged him to stop. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can’t really get to the heart of the matter, can’t assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. 21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff. 12-13 God means what he says. Hebrews 4:12-13-14-16 MSG God means what he says. The plain fact is that bull and goat blood can’t get rid of sin. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Dan. If he were limited to earth, he wouldn’t even be a priest. Hebrews 4:12-13 the Power of God's Word . John Piper Aug 26, 1985 5 Shares Sermon. Scripture: Hebrews 4:12–13. They are created and put out there free for all to use with no strings attached. The message of Hebrews for the global church is that Jesus is better than every other thing believers are tempted to fall back into, such as their formers ways of sin, culturally comfortable patterns of thinking or living, or non-Christian ethical codes. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. 4 By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. Oh, no! “Melchizedek” means “King of Righteousness.” “Salem” means “Peace.” So, he is also “King of Peace.” Melchizedek towers out of the past—without record of family ties, no account of beginning or end. Hebrews 4:12 is often cited in our publications to show that the Bible has power to change lives, and it is perfectly proper to make that application. 8-10 By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. Otherwise you’ll never get so much as a glimpse of God. Then he sat down right beside God and waited for his enemies to cave in. 18-21 Unlike your ancestors, you didn’t come to Mount Sinai—all that volcanic blaze and earthshaking rumble—to hear God speak. These priests provide only a hint of what goes on in the true sanctuary of heaven, which Moses caught a glimpse of as he was about to set up the tent-shrine. He, … In order to enter into that rest they must claim the promises of God which are found in His Word. Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. Hebrews 4:12-16 Cut That Out! Romans 1:16 tells us that The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all those who believe. 23-26 That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. 4-8 Once people have seen the light, gotten a taste of heaven and been part of the work of the Holy Spirit, once they’ve personally experienced the sheer goodness of God’s Word and the powers breaking in on us—if then they turn their backs on it, washing their hands of the whole thing, well, they can’t start over as if nothing happened. 7-10 While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. When he added, “I’m here to do it your way,” he set aside the first in order to enact the new plan—, carving it on the lining of their hearts.”. 28-29 Do you see what we’ve got? Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. They saw it way off in the distance, waved their greeting, and accepted the fact that they were transients in this world. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. Hebrews 4:16 So let's walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. 9-12 I’m sure that won’t happen to you, friends. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. 39-40 Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. We don’t ask for anything in exchange for our FREE Children’s Sermons. What he says goes. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. 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