July 07, 2018: SOAP #3138: Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4
Scripture: Hebrews (NIV) 4:8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from his own work, just as God did from his.
Observation: Joshua led the children of Israel into the promised land, giving them rest from war, and rest in having their own land. But a greater rest awaited. A rest from making the sacrifices required by the law. By placing one’s faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, we have rest from the requirements of bringing sacrifices to the tabernacle.
Jesus told the woman at the well (John 4:21) that people would be free to worship God in any place, and at any time. They would have rest from relying on their own works as they would come to rely on the work of Jesus!
Application: There is no way I can save myself. There is nothing I can do that would make amends for my sins. I can never do enough good deeds to outweigh my sins. Praise the Lord, there is one deed that has enough value to outweigh my sins—and all the sins in the world. It is the death of Jesus on the cross.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for making the sinless sacrifice that has the value needed to cover sin! With humility and thanksgiving, I accept from you what I could never provide for myself. Thank you for forgiving my sins. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!