Hebrews studies series


Hebrews 3:18-4:13



s        What are some things that make unsaved people lack rest?

s        What are some things that make Christians lack rest?

s        What Scriptures tell you that God wants you to be at rest?

s        Why is it a tragedy when we Christians do not have rest?


In Hebrews 3:18-4:13 we are both warned and encouraged. We are warned lest we not enter into Gods rest. We are encouraged to enter into His rest.



     How did Israel show its unbelief in the wilderness? Numbers 13:25-14:10

     What was the penalty for their unbelief? Numbers 14:11-23

     How do we see that the penalty for unbelief has not changed today?

     To eliminate doubt we must have faith. What basic Christian disciplines bolster faith?

     Besides Jesus, whose examples of faith can we follow in the Bible?



     What kind of fear is to be avoided? Proverbs 29:25, Luke 12:4

     According to verse 1, what kind of fear is a healthy? Why is it healthy?

     What is an even more important fear to have according to Luke 12:5?

     According to verse 2, the children of Israel had good news preached to them. They were to go into the Promised Land and conquer it in Gods power.

     The Gospel did not profit them because faith was lacking. Often people think if they give mental assent to something, they have faith. What key ingredient of faith goes further than mental assent? Proverbs 3:5-6 speaks of it.

     According to verse 3, whose rest is offered? Why is that significant?

     According to verses 3-4, when did Gods rest begin? This rest continues today because it is not a rest from activity, but rest from a completed project.

     Verse 4 is quoting from Genesis 2:2. Every other verse that refers to a day of creation says And the evening and the morning were the (number) day. Because Genesis 2:2 does not say this, it implies that Gods rest concerning creation continues on. R. Kent Hughes, Hebrews, Volume I, An Anchor for the Soul, (Wheaton, IL, Crossway Books, 1993), p. 110

     Fear is to be engaged lest we miss Gods rest through unbelief.


       Vss. 3 and 5 are quoting Psalm 95:11.

       Verse 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience. (NASB)

       The disobedience practiced by the children of Israel was caused by their unbelief. How is disobedience a proof of unbelief?

       What is required for us to enter into Gods rest?

       There is a rest for us to enter into that most of Israel did not according to verse 9.

       Psalm 95:7 is quoted in verse 7 to show that rest is available today. What causes the hardened heart that is to be avoided?

       The logic of verse 8 is that if Joshua (Jesus in KJV) had given true rest in the land of Canaan, there would not be need of another kind of rest today.

       The rest that Joshua gave in the land of Canaan was only a type of the rest that is offered by the Lord Jesus. True rest comes in Him.

       The rest promised in verses 9-10 is a Sabbath rest for the people of God. When will we ultimately experience that rest?

       Revelation 14:13 - And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

       Verse 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter into that rest, lest anyone fall through following the same example of disobedience. (NASB)

       What must we be diligent to do if we are going enter into spiritual rest now and eternal rest later?


F   Because Gods Word is quick and powerful and sharper any two edged sword, we should be diligent to believe it and follow it.

F   Gods Word judges us now if we will let it. It will show us when the thoughts and intents of our heart are wrong. We should embrace the Word to let us show us our disobedience and unbelief.

F   We will be judged according to Gods Word at the final judgment. We should embrace it now by believing it and obeying it.


P  How is this verse a sobering warning about the future?

P  How is this verse a sobering warning for right now?