The Sabbath, the Land and the World to Come
Thought for the Week:
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. (Hebrews 4:9â€“11)
Utterly disheartened by the spiesâ€™ evil report, the Children of Israel fell into despair, rebelled against Moses and refused to enter Canaan. Their rebellion and their failure to enter the land is the subject of the midrash in Hebrews 3:7â€“4:11 which quotes from Psalm 95. Unfortunately, the Hebrews passage is often pointed to as evidence that the literal seventh day Sabbath rest has been replaced by a â€˜spiritual Sabbathâ€™ for the People of God. This interpretation is far a field from the actual intent of the passage.
The writer of Hebrews warns the believers reading his epist…
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