Hebrews 4:1 A Day to Work

Hebrews 4:1 (KJV)
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.

Gill writes of this passage, “the sense is, that though true believers shall not come short of that, yet they may “seem” to others to do so; and therefore should be careful of their lives and conversations …”

The rest of the believer is an eternal one. It is that rest that is ours when we get to heaven. Today is a day to work, to serve the Lord. However, because we know we possess this rest, it should change how we view our labor. 

  • We work knowing our work is rewarded
  • We work knowing our work has an end
  • We work knowing that we are yoked with Christ and our work is easy and burden light 
  • We work knowing that we are free to come to the throne of grace to find mercy and grace to help in time of need. 

A Christian seems to come short of that rest when he either shirks the work or does it under great burden. If he does not go to that throne of grace, he will sure seem to come short of rest. 

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Numbers 13:17-20 Be An Encourager

Numbers 13:17-20 (KJV)
And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:
And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many;
And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;
And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes.

Moses sent the spies to gather information about the land. It seems to me he had commissioned them to bring back something encouraging, helpful; something that would excite the people with hope. They came back instead with an evil report[1]about the inhabitants. They were appointed to be encouragers. They were instead discouragers. 

It’s happened to me that I have asked someone to do a ministry, thinking they would be a blessing, but they turned that ministry into an opportunity to cause pain and hurt. 

I understand that there are dangers and difficulties that need to be reported but it is seldom a good idea to do that unless it is reported: 

  • At the right time, 
  • To the right persons and 
  • On the right platform

Otherwise use your opportunities of service to be an encouragement rather than a discouragement.


[1]They technically followed Moses’ instructions and brought some of the fruit of the land. There are people to attempt to justify their rebellion by obeying some part of their instructions that appeals to them or does not interfere with their rebellious intent.

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Numbers 10:32 Go With Us

Numbers 10:32 (KJV)
And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

After having stayed and communed with Israel for some time, when it appeared that Israel was about to set in motion, Hobab, considered returning to Midian to his old life and to his old relationships. Moses urges him to stay and then urged him again saying, “Leave us not, I pray thee…it shall be what goodness the Lord shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.”

There will always be people we have grown to love who, at a time of change, whether in their life or ours, will consider leaving. We can’t really stop them. But we can:

Invite them to join us 
vs 29

Encourage them not to leave us
vs 31 and

Share the goodness of God with those who stay with us
vs 32

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Hebrews 1:6 Firstbegotten

Hebrews 1:6 (KJV)
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

The focus of this chapter is the sonship of Jesus and the contrast between He and the angels. Here there is an emphasis on His being first begotten. Gill says that the Jews would have understood first begotten as a title of the Messiah. He says that this passage seems to be taken from Psalms 89:27 (KJV)
Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth. 

  • He is first in that He is unique from all others who may be said to be sons of God. 
  • He is first in that He is above all others who may be called the sins of God
  • He is first in that all other true sons of God are such on account of Him

Gill says he is, “first in causality and dignity: and he may be called the firstborn, with respect to the saints, who are of the same nature with him, and are partakers of the divine nature, and are adopted into the family of God, though they are not in the same class of sonship with him”

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Philemon 1:14 Pastoral Ethics

Philemon 1:14 (KJV)
But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

I came to see the little epistle to Philemon as a lesson in pastoral ethics. Certainly Paul was not pastoring at this time, but he was always much more than a pastor and an example to all pastors. I do not believe Philemon is a pastor either but that a church did meet in his house. Onesimus was a slave belonging to Philemon who ran away, probably stole from him to pay for his flight and ended up in Rome where he met Paul. Paul led him to the Lord, discipled him for a period of time sufficient that Onesimus had the character to follow Paul’s instructions and return to Philemon. Paul admitted that Onesimus was profitable to him and that he would have liked to kept him with him. 

Paul could have reasoned that he had done more good with Onesimus than Philemon did and the Onesimus was more likely to grow spiritually with him than with Philemon, who had not even won him to Christ. But Paul was not willing to keep him without Philemon’s approval. He trained Onesimus to return, sent him with a letter that did not actually request Onesimus return and perhaps Onesimus did not know the details of and offered to repay any damage Onesimus had caused. 

Pastors could learn from this. When a member of another church comes to them, their job is to return them in better spiritual condition than they found them. Even if they would like to keep them in their own ministry, it is not appropriate for them to say so. 

  • They should work with them until they develop the character to return a better member than they were. They are not to judge the abilities of the other pastor. 
  • They would be wise never to express a desire that the member remain with them, even when they have that desire. 
  • They should contact the other pastor, not to tell them that a member visited in their church but to ask their pastor what his mind is concerning them. 

That would be pastoral ethics. 

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Titus 3:10 Once or Twice

Titus 3:10 (KJV)
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

The word heretic carries implications today that probably cloud our understanding of the word. The Catholics and Protestants of 400 years ago viewed a heretic as someone whose doctrine was so wrong, they were worthy of confinement, torture and even death. We have come to see heresy as akin to the blasphemy of the Holy Ghost.[1]

The word means schismatic. He is someone who causes division and hinders the unity of the church. He may not be a horrible person and his actions may not seem to be that offensive. If he causes division or separation he is to be corrected. If he refuses the correction he is then to be rejected or avoided, trusting that God will either bring him to himself or judge him appropriately. We don’t need to use our resources on the one who is unteachable. We try to help them once. We try a second time[2]then we let them to their devices and focus on those who are teachable. 


[1]A concept that also is misunderstood.

[2]I would go so far as to suggest that the phrase “first and second admonition” is not a strict term to be taken literally but a general one to represent a reasonable number of times.

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Titus 2:11 All Men

Titus 2:11 (KJV)
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

The word appeared, means to become visible or known. The Bible says this grace appears to all men. 

All classes of men
There is none so low as to be unqualified and none so high as to be without need.

All races of men
Regardless of color, religion background.

All eras of men
Those past and those future must be saved by this same grace.

Albert Barnes writes,
“… that plan was fitted to secure the salvation of all men; that none were excluded from the offer;”

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Numbers 6:23-27 The Lord Bless Thee

Numbers 6:23-27 (KJV)
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

Concerning this blessing Albert Barnes writes,
The structure of the blessing is remarkable. It is rhythmical, consists of three distinct parts, and mounts by gradual stages to that peace which forms the last and most consummate gift which God can give His people. From a Christian point of view, and comparing the counterpart benediction of 2 Corinthians 13:14, it is impossible not to see shadowed forth the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. And the three several sets of terms correspond fittingly to the office of the Three Persons in Their gracious work for the redemption of man.”

I am interested in the final verse, “they shall put my name upon the Children of Israel.” 

It seems similar to putting the names of Israel on the garments of the priest. It is symbolic but it is important. The priest bore the burdens of Israel upon them by bearing their names. They kept the memories of Israel close to them. In a like manner, by pronouncing this blessing, the priests were symbolically placing the name of God on the people. 

  • They bore His Commandments 
  • They kept Him close to their hearts
  • The memory of God’s good hand was always with them

I still practice this blessing upon others, making mention of them in prayer. 

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2 Timothy 4:5-6 A Matter of Character

2 Timothy 4:5-6 (KJV)
But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

A transition was about to take place. The Apostle Paul was about to hand the baton of the faith to the next generation. 

He had carefully taught Timothy 
And it was not in the classroom but in the laboratory of the local church ministry. Timothy had done difficult things asked him of Paul in critical days. 

He had demonstrated faith by example 
Timothy witnessed time and again the Apostle’s courage, faithfulness and discipline.

He had provided him these written materials 
If Timothy strayed from the faith, it would be his own doing. Paul had performed his duty to God and to train Timothy. 

I note that the transition was not sudden. Even after saying “the time of my departure is at hand” Paul said, “Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me.” There is much too much impatience in the younger generation. To wait at the feet of the passing generation until GOD is through with them, to serve them, support them and lift them as Joshua did Moses, is a matter of great character. 

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Numbers 3:36-37 Temporary Duty

Numbers 3:36-37 (KJV)
And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.

It occurs to me that God knew all along He was giving these men only temporary assignments. The tabernacle only served the children of God 400 years. The sons of Merari could not have known it at the time God’s plan for them was limited. The tabernacle would be replaced with the temple and their job would be no longer required. God had something else for them in the future. 

The same is essentially true of whatever assignment we have today – it is temporary. Whatever part of the plan of God we have charge over today is but limited in time. Whether it is something as simple as a board that needs constant replacing or an ornament of gold, it will one day give way to that temple not made by hands, eternal in glory. 

Take good care of the charge God has given you. But don’t get too concerned about how big or small it is. God’s plan for your eternal future may be vastly different than what you are doing today.

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