Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. Hebrews 4:1-2
One of the great debates of Christianity is the Sabbath. The first thing we need to understand is what is the sabbath? The word sabbath in Hebrew means Rest, its to enter into Gods rest.
As the author is quoting Psalm 95:11 , the Israelites would not be able to enter into God’s rest or sabbath, because of their disobedience to him. They hardened their hearts and rejected the gospel message.
For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Hebrews 4:3-4
Notice those which believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ, do enter into Gods Rest. How is this possible when God didnt allow the Israelites to enter into his rest? Because the blood of Christ, paid the atonement for your sin. You will never be at Rest with God until your sins are forgiven. The only way your sins can be forgiven is through faith in Jesus Christ
And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. Hebrews 4:5-7
God promised “Today, if you answer the voice of the Shepherd and follow Him, he will bring you into his Rest. Only if you dont harden your hearts as the Israelites did in the Wilderness. Those who believe they can be saved without Christ, will never fully enter into Gods Rest
For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. Hebrews 4:8-9
The name Yeshua can be translated as either Jesus or Joshua, in this context the scripture is referring to Joshua who led the Israelites to the Promise Land. However Jesus will lead us to a greater Sabbath, a day of eternal Rest
Gods Kingdom , where there will be no more death, no more suffering, no more disease, no more sin, it will be the ultimate Sabbath of all Sabbaths, Amen!