Some read about the “Sabbath-rest” in Hebrews 4 and conclude that the teaching is that the remembrance of the seventh-day rest, the Sabbath, has been transferred to the Messiah, Yeshua. Yet the context of the passage and the quotations in it relating to a pivotal event in the Torah point to the fuller meaning of personal peace and real “rest” that God provides.
Yom haKippurim (literally, Day of Coverings) is a day that wears many people out, because we’re focused on, When are we going to eat? Yet, we are to supposed to focus upon what the Son of God — the ultimate High Priest and fulfillment of the two goats of the day — did for us. He went through a tremendous affliction for us. The Day of Atonement is not about us and what we do but about the High Priest and what He does. It’s all about how God brings us to Himself. We are only drawn to God if He draws us to Himself.
In preparation for Passover, we consider the theme of Psalms 22, 23, 40 and 88 is not death but the willingness to die despite one’s fear of death. Our greatest enemy is death, not the Devil. We know that Yeshua feared God because He knew God’s awesome power. He wasn’t afraid of the Devil. He triumphed over the Devil at the temptation. He cast demons from many people. He had no fear of the Devil, yet He was afraid of death. Yeshua prayed to the point of bleeding drops of blood as He prayed to ask God if He could avoid death.
A reading and commentary on Heb. 4:9-13
A prominent Bible teacher has challenged the validity of the Book of Hebrews in the Apostolic Writings because he thinks the writer was attacking the validity of the Torah, the law of God. In Hebrews 3-4, some see the teaching that the seventh-day Sabbath has been replaced with “daily rest in Yeshua,” but a careful reading reveals just the opposite. Continue reading Book of Hebrews, part 4 — Rest, Sabbath-rest, and rest in Yeshua
Today, we’ll answer three questions, which are all related:
- Does the author of Hebrews replace the Levitical service in the temple with the New Covenant?
- Yes, the New Covenant does, physically
- No, it doesn’t, spiritually.
- Did the writer make a mistake about articles in the Holy of Holies, or the Most Holy Place?
- Does Hebrews change or cancel our obligations to Torah?
Angels as described in the Bible are mysterious. They have great power and a dazzling appearance. Today, some are so enraptured with angelic beings that they seek to commune with them, and the situation wasn’t much different in the first century. Was Messiah Yeshua simply one of the mighty angels, elevated above the others for a certain role? The Book of Hebrews explains. Continue reading Book of Hebrews, part 2 — What is meant by ‘angels’?